SAG-AFTRA members attending the Los Angeles local’s membership meeting have voted overwhelmingly to scrap the union’s biennial convention. A motion, approved by 68% of the roughly 250 members who voted, called the convention “a waste of time and a waste of members’ dues.”
This year’s convention will be virtual, so the cost will be relatively minimal, but sources say that the 2019 event cost about $1 million to put on and to fly in several hundred out-of-town delegates and put them up for three days at the Beverly Hilton.
The convention, which is a holdover from AFTRA’s governance structure when it merged with SAG in 2012, gives elected delegates from locals across the country the chance to network, hear speeches from their leaders, vote on resolutions and elect SAG-AFTRA’s executive vice president and seven national vice presidents. The motion to scrap the convention states that those officers “should be elected by the entire membership, not by a small group.” The union’s other two national officers – president and secretary-treasurer – are elected by the entire membership.