SAG-AFTRA Summer 2012

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For Members HOLLYWOOD TO VETERANS: WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK return from serving overseas: difficulty finding a job, adjusting to civilian life or even the threat of homelessness. SAG-AFTRA, which counts many W e have all heard of the challenges some veterans can face when they veterans among its members and staff, knows these men and women have a lot to offer: They are disciplined, well-trained, motivated and display exceptional leadership skills. That's why the union was proud to host a press conference May 10 announcing the Got Your 6 initiative, which aims to help returning veterans get back on their feet so that we can all benefit from their talents. The Got Your 6 campaign draws its involvement in supporting members of the military and their families kicked into high gear last year when first lady Michelle Obama came to Los Angeles to promote the Joining Forces initiative she formed with Jill Biden, wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. SAG-AFTRA's participation in that program carried forth a long legacy of supporting American troops, from World War II to Vietnam, the Gulf War and beyond. "Being a board member of [SAG- The entertainment industry's BROADCAST STEERING COMMITTEE MEETS IN NEW YORK CITY name from the military phrase for "I've got your back," and the theme of the event was that members of the military have our backs through their service, and now it's time to return the favor. The announcement, which took place in SAG-AFTRA's James Cagney Board Room in Los Angeles, was hosted by SAG-AFTRA Executive Vice President Ned Vaughn. "We have a lot of members who are AFTRA] and being an actor and a veteran, now I feel that the industry as a whole is supporting veterans and their families," said Jon Huertas of ABC's Castle. "I've been in the business 20 years and I haven't seen this level of commitment to veterans and their families ever." Find out more about the program at 1 2 Committee (BSC) took place in New York on April 15 and 16. The meeting opened with welcoming remarks from BSC Chair Joe Krebs, SAG-AFTRA Co-President Roberta Reardon, SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles Co-Presidents Gabrielle Carteris and Ned Vaughn, SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director David White and Assistant National Executive Director for News & Broadcast Mary Cavallaro. The body discussed the historic merger, the involvement of broadcasters in the merger process and goals for the SAG-AFTRA BSC's agenda. The members heard updates of the T he historic first meeting of the SAG-AFTRA Broadcast Steering veterans," said Vaughn before the event. "It's great to have SAG-AFTRA support these people who do so much for all of us." According to the Got Your 6 3 organization, more than 1 million service members will be reintegrating into civilian life over the next five years. To facilitate the process, the campaign has six areas of focus: jobs, education, housing, health, family and leadership. SAG-AFTRA is one of a large number of corporations and nonprofits supporting the initiative, including the USO, the American Red Cross, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and the Sierra Club. 14 SAG-AFTRA | Summer 2012 | 1. Actor and veteran JR Martinez speaks at the Got Your 6 event. 2. Actor, comedian and Marine Lt. Col. Rob Riggle 3. SAG-AFTRA Executive Vice President Ned Vaughn, Co- Secretary-Treasurer Amy Aquino, National Executive Director David White and Los Angeles Board member Jon Huertas. many difficult and successful contract negotiations that are ongoing or have concluded since the committee last met. SAG-AFTRA continues to aggressively fight for the interests of working broad- casters in the wake of the industry's agenda to consolidate station operations, introduce additional technical duties by consolidating job functions and other concessionary proposals. Broadcast bargaining units have mobilized both at the table and away from the table in an effort to stand their ground on critical issues. Assistant National Executive Director and Chief Labor Counsel Thomas Carpenter updated the BSC on the work of the legal and legislative staff with regard to broadcast issues. SAG-AFTRA remains committed to aggressively pursuing legislation to make noncompete clauses in broadcast employment

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