FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
THE MERGER PROPOSAL
- A 70% increase in minimum yearly dues for SAG members.
- They will cash your residual checks and take a 15% cut on ALL your residuals before mailing a check to you.
- Suddenly, 30,000 AFTRA single cardholders will be dumped into the pool of SAG background actors all competing for the few jobs in SAG signatory productions.
- Incorporating in Delaware. Fortune 500 companies do this to avoid close scrutiny of Board actions and avoid being sued for malfeasance.
- Allow Broadcasters to continue working non-union (a race to the bottom).
- Extend officers terms without an election (which is illegal).
- SAG members will subsidize Broadcasters (who would pay lower maximum percentage dues).
- Ruling by convention – a very corrupt process. Jimmy Hoffa’s union was run by a convention. Members will no longer have a vote on a wide range of issues, only delegates.
- A feasibility overview of the merger of the 2 P&H plans was done, but all it said was that a merger is legal (no argument there). No “actuarial study” was done. The overview was promptly rejected by the AFTRA H&R plan as not being comprehensive enough.
- There is no comprehensive plan for the merger of the 2 P&H plans. Shouldn’t an in-depth comprehensive feasibility study be done first? What’s the rush?
- Split earnings will continue. There is no detailed plan to merge the multiple contracts.
- There are currently 635 SAG & AFTRA employees. The merger does not reduce this number, so there is no cost savings.
- The new union Constitution opens the door for salaries to Board members (currently not permitted).
- The Hollywood branch which currently holds 65% of SAG members will be considerably weakened by a devious system to reduce its voting power to less than 50%.
- AFTRA, unlike SAG, has hundreds of complex individual contracts (which favor the Producers) and has not made public the details of these contracts. We don’t know what we are voting on.
- The new Board, without a vote by the members, can alone decide whether agents should be owned by Production companies (rejected by SAG, due to conflict of interest).
THE MERGER PROPOSAL RAISES TOO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS
THAT IS WHY WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU
HISTORY IN THE MAKING
Wednesday February 22, 2012 was a historic day for actors which may save our beloved Screen Actors Guild. A lawsuit was filed in a California court requesting an injunction to stop the the ill-conceived merger vote. Ballots were mailed Monday February 27 and are due back by March 30.
Here is a copy of the actual lawsuit filed by David Casselman on February 22, 2012.
It makes for very interesting reading
The Ol’ SAG Watchdo