Well, The Ol’ Dog received the Unite For Strength Mailer. Yikes! In color! From those who know such things, I was told, it must have cost at least 50 grand. But, but, but not to worry, it says right there on the bottom “Not paid for with SAG-AFTRA funds.” Hell, no need for the disclaimer, everyone knows that thanks to them our union ain’t got 50 thou.
Look, I’m not gonna go through the whole thing but, rather, just a couple of things on the back:
“We negotiated a quarter-billion dollar increase to the Commercials Contract.” One teeny weenie thing they didn’t mention. In reality, the increase covered a four year period, since our last increase in 2011–which, in fact, made it the worst deal in recent SAG History!!! (1.5% increase per year for four years!)
They also proclaim: “We will streamline services and focus on speeding residuals to members….” Oh, I get it they are going to fix what they screwed up! My residuals average between three & four months months before they get to me. Before they screwed things up my residuals used to take about a month!
Oh, and they “will take steps to see that our benefits are merged safely and as quickly as possible.” Is it just me or have we heard that one before?
And, they say, “We will create more jobs through aggressive organizing as we did with the Music Video and Audiobooks contracts.” You know what that means, “Bathroom privileges for everyone!!!!” Ah, except Union Background Actors!
Here’s the link to their webpage which has a copy of the entire mailer:
The Ol’ SAG Watchdog