Right, first you vote, and then AFTRA calls and ask how you voted Also, read the material sent out to the affected members in this referendum.
It is obvious that AFTRA is going full hilt, doing ANYTHING that is necessary to circumvent the wishes of the Interactive actors that do the bulk of interactive work on a regular basis.
They have ignored their concerns in caucuses. (AFTRA Hollywood Caucus of affected members was 75-1 against this proposed agreement.)
They have sent out emails paid for with members dues money. Emails that gloss over the atmospheric aspects of the contract, never once mentioning that actors would have to do seven times as many voices for the same session fee.
They are calling members trying to persuade them to vote for the Interactive contract.
They seem to be targeting those who have little experience and whom they figure they can snow into voting for the contract while apparently ignoring those experienced actors who know how lousy and harmful this Interactive giveaway will be by setting precedents that other employers will try to copy.
And why are they doing this, certainly not for the actors who work this contract but to put more money in their coffers with a screw actors attitude.
And, in the middle of this referendum they are Actually calling members and asking them HOW THEY VOTED. The calls are not being done by any reputable survey service but by local paid AFTRA employees.
AND YOU THOUGHT THESE REFERENDUMS WERE SUPPOSED BE BY SECRET BALLOT.
As I have said, with the Star Chamber AFTRA leadership, I am leery of them, even when a referendum is conducted by a reputable company with real ballots, but when a member votes by telephoneah, ah, it don’t give you much confidence, especially in light of what we have learned about AFTRA’s screw actors attitude. They won’t even let their own elected board members see vote tallies.
Now, I do know that the Labor Board says these referendum are supposed to be by SECRET BALLOT, I’m not sure that confidentiality prevails once the labor union calls you and ASK YOU HOW YOU VOTED. Perhaps we’ll find out.
A.L. Miller SW Editor & Chief
The following is the informational stuff included in the interactive referendum envelope sent out to the affected membership. And you’ll notice there is NO MINORITY REPORT, NO OPPOSING VIEW POINT. Why? Because if there was one, this contract would go down faster than Debbie in Dallas.
What a piece of sh*t Currently if you do more than six to up to ten voices you get double scale. If you then do another ten you get double scale again or 3204 dollars. In this new piece of sh*t, an actor only gets a sessin fee, 802 dollars for twenty voices and does not get double scale until he/she does over TWENTY VOICES and then they can have you do UNLIMITED VOICES of up to THREE HUNDRED WORDS PER VOICE…Hmmm, at least they could have negotiated that a strecher would be at all sessions! You think?
A.L. Miller SW Editor Chief