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AFTRA Sends “Affected Member” Voting Issue To Committee For Consideration (…Just Like SAG Did)

By | Thursday April 24, 2008 @ 2:36pm PDT

You may remember that 10 days ago SAG’s National Board deliberated about the petition drive lobbying for splitsville1.jpg“affected member voting” and then voted 60/40 in favor of a motion to refer it to the union’s Guild Government Review Committee ”for proper review”. Now AFTRA has done something nearly identical, only the union appointed a special committee to consider the issue, which will then reported back to an AFTRA panel, which will then take it to AFTRA’s national board. But, to AFTRA’s credit, the union today did set actual deadlines. The special committee will submit a report to AFTRA’s Administrative Committee by May 23, so that AFTRA’s National Board can take up the matter on June 6-7.
The real question, however, is whether this “affected member” voting issue will be decided in a timely enough fashion to go into effect if approved for the vote on what will be AFTRA’s eventual new contract negotiated with the AMPTP. So now I’m urging SAG to set a similar timeline to AFTRA’s so that this matter can be decided once and for all. No matter if you agree with them or not, the 1,500+ backers of the petition drive have played by the rules; they deserve an answer.
But once they have it from both SAG and AFTRA, they can’t keep bitching about SAG leadership’s treatment of them since it will be identical to that of AFTRA’s leadership (which interestingly the petition drivers have yet to publicly criticize).  
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SAG Natl Board Sends “Affected Member” Petition to Committee For Later Review

sag_logo.jpgSo I can tell you what happened to that petition drive for “affected member” voting that was taken up today during SAG’s National Board meeting at the Sheraton Hotel downtown. (For background, see my previous, SAG Natl Board To Consider “Affected Member Voting” This Weekend; Petition Drive Softens Original Proposal.) The issue was heard, the panel deliberated, and the SAG national board voted 60/40 in favor of a motion to refer it to the Guild Government Review Committee ”for proper review”, I’m told.

Now an argument has erupted over whether this was the proper way to handle this issue with formal contract talks between SAG and the AMPTP beginning next week.

“Petition leaders were not admitted into the room to speak on behalf of the measure, even though there is clear precedent non-board members addressing such meetings (the FTAC initiative being a recent example),” a pro-petition leader who asked to remain anonymous told me tonight. “President Alan Rosenberg declined direct requests to him earlier this week and he rejected the requests of a number of board members who moved from the floor to hear from us framers of this proposal. So the issue has now been referred to the GGRC in a fashion that guarantees the matter will remain unresolved prior to the ratification vote for the upcoming TV/Theatrical contract.”

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EXCLUSIVE: SAG Natl Board To Consider “Affected Member Voting” This Weekend; Petition Drive Softens Original Proposal

sag_logo.jpgI’m told that the actors behind that SAG petition drive for ”affected member” voting have made what they’re calling a “significant change” in their proposal to soften its impact. As you know, DHD has been active in this debate by letting actors post their positions pro and con this idea of an earnings threshold for “qualified voting” on the union’s contract issues. Stephen CollinsAmy Brenneman and Ned Vaughn have written in favor while Ron Livingston and Frances Fisher have written in opposition. I’ve been told that the leading actors behind the petition drive have met with SAG president Alan Rosenberg about it. The new change in the proposal was outlined to supporters today in advance of the SAG National Board considering the petition this weekend. I’ve obtained the email:

“Our affected member voting proposal goes before the SAG National Board this weekend, April 12 & 13. In just four days, SAG will determine if actors’ contracts will be decided by those who work under them, or continue to be decided by those who don’t. This directly affects your livelihood, so please read on.

We’ve revised our proposal.

We recently invited over 80 visiting SAG and AFTRA board members to a reception in Century City to solicit their ideas about this concept. These reps – most from markets with far less work than Hollywood – listened with open minds and offered valuable feedback. The next day, AFTRA promised to appoint a special committee

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