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16 SAG-AFTRA | Winter 2021 | T he SAG-AFTRA National Board met by videoconference on Oct. 30 and Dec. 14, focusing on back-to-work issues, diversity and concerns over misinformation about the health plan changes. At the Dec. 14 meeting, the board instituted a rule requiring members to adhere to the COVID-19 safety protocols and passed a resolution aimed at correcting misrepresentations about SAG-AFTRA Health Plan changes, directing members to the plan's official site to get the facts. At its Oct. 30 meeting, the board overwhelmingly approved the appointment of the Task Force on Ensuring Fair and Equitable Hiring Practices Within the Stunt Community to develop recommended protocols to ensure fair employment of stunt performers (see story, page 64). SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said, "We have heard the personal stories of 'paintdowns,' 'wiggings,' harassment and bias, and we stand together to say 'no more.' This board recommitted itself to our mission of diversity, equity and inclusion for underrepresented stunt performers. Today, we are taking decisive action to address these systemic issues." Also, Chief Contracts Officer Ray Rodriguez recommended the creation of a Dubbing Steering Committee and an agreement for micro-budget entertainment productions with budgets of less than $20,000 (see story below). The board also appointed the Wages & Working Conditions/ Negotiating Committee for the Sound Recordings Code negotiations and passed a motion to hold the upcoming 2021 national convention virtually. National Board Authorizes New Task Force for Stunt Community Also Passes Motions for Safety and 2021 Convention News, Information and Benefits A Not-So-Tiny Agreement Packs a Big Punch S AG-AFTRA is pleased to introduce its newest entertainment contract, the Micro-Budget Project Agreement. "Micro" streamlines the signatory process for live-action projects budgeted at $20,000 or less per picture or episode, and allows for negotiable terms, making it an efficient option for projects that need a fast turnaround. Unlike other contracts that have a longer process, if your project qualifies for Micro, you can be cleared to start immediately upon submission of your application, provided that you notify performers of the Micro Agreement's terms. Another benefit of the agreement is the automation of the signatory process. This, along with the negotiable terms, requires less staff time to administer projects and frees up resources to dedicate to higher-budgeted productions that are more likely to generate payments, pension and health plan contributions, and residuals. Under Micro, projects can be exhibited on free-to-consumer new and social media platforms, at film festivals, on public access TV, for Academy Award consideration and demo purposes, and in the classroom. Contact SAG-AFTRA at (855) SAG-AFTRA (855-724-2387) or for more details. Click Here FOR MORE

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