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For Members N E W S , I N F O R M AT I O N A N D B E N E F I T S 8 SAG-AFTRA | Spring 2019 | T he SAG-AFTRA National Board unanimously approved the 2019 Commercials Contracts tentative agreement during its two-day meeting on the weekend of April 13 in Los Angeles, paving the way for a member referendum to ratify the agreements. SAG-AFTRA President and Commercials Negotiating Committee Chair Gabrielle Carteris hailed the agreements, which introduce innovative and flexible alternative compensation models to promote growth of union- covered commercial work. "The new Commercials Contracts deliver essential gains to our members while positioning performers and the industry for growth in a rapidly changing environment. This is a monumental advance in expanding our jurisdiction. I want to recognize the national negotiating committee and staff for their diligent and inspired work, and I thank the National Board for approving this agreement." The agreements now go to members for ratification (see page 36). At its meeting, the National Board also approved the establishment of the National TV/Theatrical Contracts Wages & Working Plenary and Negotiating Committee, and appointed Carteris as chair. This positions the union to solicit member feedback to learn the aspects of the agreements that are most important to the people who work under these contracts. That, in turn, gives SAG-AFTRA negotiators the tools they need to secure gains in the areas that matter most to members. In other business, Carteris delivered a report applauding the outpouring of support from across the membership including numerous high-profile statements of support for the #StrikeBBH "We Stand United" campaign. She also noted recent actions associated with the strike, such as members picketing a BBH commercial shoot in Los Angeles and highlighted the residuals direct deposit service that will be available nationwide on May 1. Vice President, Los Angeles Dear Member: If you have been considering getting more involved with your union, now is your chance. As we do every two years, your union is gearing up for our next convention. The 2019 national convention takes place Oct. 10–13 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Our theme this time is "#unconventional," written as a social media hashtag to reflect the increasing influence of technology on our industry and our willingness to think out of the box as we look for ways to tackle emerging challenges. Transformative changes are engulfing the industry, having profound effects on our members across all categories — from journalism to music to film and television — and that requires that the union change with the times. We have made remarkable strides in the past two years, and we must continue that work moving forward. The convention is where we elect our executive vice president, as well as our seven national vice presidents who represent member categories and regions. We also consider resolutions and constitutional amendments that help members map out the union's direction over the next 24 months. And, of course, the convention is also the place where we come together in fellowship, celebrate our victories and honor the members that made them possible. The following pages offer information on how you can be nominated to be a delegate representing your local at the convention — or put your name on the ballot for a higher office. Whatever your level of involvement, from serving on a local board to attending a union-sponsored workshop, it is your engagement that makes SAG-AFTRA strong. In unity and looking forward, David White National Executive Director Call to Convention Continues on page 14 NATIONAL BOARD APPROVES COMMERCIALS CONTRACTS, TV/THEATRICAL W&Ws

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