Summer 2010

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For Members NEWS, INFORMAT ION AND BENEFITS AFTRA, we have been listening to your thoughts regarding the contracts you work. You may think that we simply hold some member meetings around the country, and then we go negotiate on your behalf, right? In reality, negotiation is a five-step process. Working Conditions process, also known as the W&W. From coast to coast, Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA members and staff jointly held committee meetings and caucuses with the purpose of putting together proposals to be negotiated this fall with the AMPTP. Washington- Baltimore, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Boston, Nashville and Los Angeles are some of the areas where these member meetings and caucuses were held. 1. presented to the Joint SAG/AFTRA W&W Plenary Committee. Tis is a national committee populated by 26 members (13 members from SAG and 13 members from AFTRA). Tis committee is charged with the daunting task of reviewing and discussing each and every proposal received during the W&W process. With staff’s recommendations, it creates a 2. All the proposals gathered from around the country are taken and We have just completed the initial TV/Teatrical Wages and NEGOTIATIONS: STAYING IN STEP I n preparation for talks with our employers, along with our partner tentative package of proposals that it can recommend to the Joint National Boards of SAG and AFTRA for approval. Tis committee is scheduled to meet later in the summer. to debate and ultimately vote on the recommended proposal package sent to them by the Joint W&W Plenary Committee. Motions that give guidance to the chief negotiators and the Negotiating Committee are approved at this time as well. Aſter a proposal package is approved, it is then exchanged with the AMPTP for their proposal package on a specific date and time to be determined by both parties. 3. October. If the negotiations result in a tentative agreement, then that would bring us to our final step. unions in a referendum on whether to accept or decline the tentative agreement. Tis usually occurs within 30 days of the end of negotiations, during which time membership meetings are held in cities across America to answer the memberships’ questions and to explain the deal points. 4. 5. Te tentative agreement is sent to the memberships of both Te negotiations themselves occur in late September or early Te national boards of SAG and AFTRA meet in joint session RBD BACKS MERGER CONCEPT Board of Directors voted unanimously on May 23 during its annual meeting, the Regional Branch Division Conference held in Washington, D.C., to endorse the creation of one union to cover all performers. Screen Actors Guild President T Ken Howard, who was in attendance with Secretary- Treasurer Amy Aquino, said, “Te Regional Branch Division of Screen Actors Guild is the vital and important voice of our membership in the Branches. I’m pleased that they so strongly endorsed the idea of one union for all performers.” Te RBD includes 20 Branches spanning from Boston to Hawaii. Nearly 28,000 Screen Actors Guild members who work in film and television live in the Regional Branches. he Screen Actors Guild Regional Branch Division JOIN YOUR FELLOW SCREEN ACTORS GUILD MEMBERS AT THE 2010 NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING SUNDAY OCTOBER 2010 The membership meeting is only open to paid-up SAG members in good standing. Unfortunately, no guests allowed. Parents/guardians of younger performers under 18 years old are welcome. PLEASE BRING YOUR SAG MEMBERSHIP CARD FOR ADMITTANCE (paid thru October 31, 2010). No RSVP necessary. All bags larger than 14” in any dimension will be prohibited from entry into the meeting. No pets or animals, with the exception of service animals in service. For more information call (323) 549-6447 or e-mail 24 10 SCREEN ACTOR - Summer 2010 GET INVOLVED! Committee service is a great way to lend your talents and experience to benefit the Guild and its members. Most committees are reconstituted following the Guild’s elections in September. If you wish to be considered for committee service, visit for details. 1-2 P.M. MIXER, COMMITTEE TABLES, SIGN-UP FOR SPEAKERS LIST 2-5 P.M. MEETING/Q&A THE BEVERLY HILTON 9876 WILSHIRE BLVD. BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90210 (Parking will be validated. Please read all posted signage. Guild not responsible for illegally parked vehicles.)

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