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Page 48 of 62 | Spring 2015 | SAG-AFTRA 47 On Location Save the Dates! Wednesday, May 20, 2015 Attend the free SAG-AFTRA Health Fair at SAG-AFTRA Plaza, 5757 Wilshire Blvd. Details to follow. Information will be posted to as it becomes available. Los Angeles SAG FOUNDATION HOSTS LEGEND NORMAN LEAR T he SAG Foundation presented a career reflection with Norman Lear — the man behind All in the Family, Good Times, Maude, Sanford and Son, The Jeffersons and One Day at a Time — at the Actors Center on Feb. 24. At 92, Lear has experienced a long and groundbreaking career in television and film, and continues his work as a writer, social activist and philanthropist. Audience members listened in as Lear read a passage from his memoir, Even This I Get to Experience, and he spontaneously auctioned off the book to help raise money for the SAG Foundation. L.A. Local President Clyde Kusatsu, who appeared in several All in the Family episodes, had the honor of reconnecting with Lear at the event. Writer and WGA member Mike Royce (Everybody Loves Raymond) moderated the discussion. Norman Lear and Los Angeles Local President Clyde Kusatsu ANGELA WEISS/GETTY IMAGES FOR SAG FOUNDATION CRACKING DOWN ON TALENT SCAMS T he city of Los Angeles took a major step in cracking down on managers and agents charging talent upfront fees for representation. As part of continued efforts to safeguard performers, SAG-AFTRA's Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel Duncan Crabtree-Ireland joined L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer's Jan. 23 press conference announcing charges against a talent manager with four counts of violating the Talent Scam Prevention Act. "SAG-AFTRA works tirelessly to ensure that our members — and future members — are protected from fraudulent talent scams that prey on their hopes, dreams and optimism," said Crabtree-Ireland. "Having worked closely with lawmakers to achieve enactment of the Talent Scam Prevention Act, we applaud the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office for its commitment to enforcing the law and safeguarding performers, especially young performers and their families, who so often fall victim to these scams. The best law would be meaningless without effective and vigorous enforcement." Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel Duncan Crabtree-Ireland addresses the audience at the Jan. 23 press conference along with, from left, L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer, L.A. City Councilman Paul Krekorian, BizParents co-founder Paula Dorn and Casting Director Billy DaMota. WESTWOOD ONE SUCCESSOR AGREEMENT REACHED O n Feb. 17, radio network Westwood One and SAG-AFTRA agreed to a one-year successor collective bargaining agreement applicable to announcers. Effective immediately, the contribution rate to AFTRA H&R will increase from 11 percent to 11.5 percent. Additional changes include employees' first-time access to the company's flexible spending account, as well as sick leave for part-timers consistent with California law. Members were represented by SAG-AFTRA National Director of News and Broadcast, Southern California Anna Calderón, who also served as the chief negotiator, and Broadcast Representative Patricia Morgan. The deal was ratified by the unit members and approved by the SAG-AFTRA National Executive Committee and the L.A. Local Board.

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