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Page 14 of 60 | Spring 2018 | SAG-AFTRA 13 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 A t its Feb. 11 meeting, the SAG-AFTRA National Board of Directors overwhelmingly approved a Code of Conduct on Sexual Harassment as part of a broader program to combat sexual harassment and achieve workplace equity. Meeting by videoconference between the James Cagney Boardroom in Los Angeles and the Ken Howard Boardroom in New York, the board received a report from President Gabrielle Carteris and National Executive Director David White on the Four Pillars of Change initiative being issued to members and industry representatives (see story on page 26). In addition, the board approved a set of standards and practices for SAG-AFTRA stunt coordinators. It noted that since stunt coordinators are responsible for member safety and adhering to safety- related contract provisions, they should observe certain basic practices. The document states that, among other things, stunt coordinators must take any action to ensure performers' safety and report violations of SAG-AFTRA agreements. The union has pledged to continue working to educate stunt coordinators on these standards. The board also approved dates for the negotiations of the Sound Recordings Code and appointed the negotiating committee for the Network Code wages and working conditions process. During the national executive director's report, White discussed the union's priorities, including combating sexual harassment, the Commercials Organizing and Recapture Initiative and additional staff training for the Safer Set hotline. Secretary-Treasurer Jane Austin and Chief Financial Officer Arianna Ozzanto presented a finance report, noting that both revenue and expenses are tracking according to plan for the second quarter. The board also approved a finance committee recommendation to hold initiation fees at their current rates and to increase base dues from $210.12 to $214.32 as per the Merger Agreement, effective May 1, 2018. Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel Duncan Crabtree-Ireland reported to the board on the Sound Recordings Negotiating Committee's proposal recommendations for the 2018 Sound Recordings agreement negotiations. The board approved the recommendations. Chief Contracts Officer Ray Rodriguez reported on the television animation negotiations. He updated the board on the animation community's insistence of fair terms for animated programs made for high budget SVOD platforms. Crabtree-Ireland also updated the board on the member-driven process for continuously improving election policies. Together with Executive Vice President Rebecca Damon, Crabtree-Ireland presented the Government Review Committee recommendation for the location of the upcoming convention. National Board of Directors Approves and Sound Recordings Code Proposals SEE PAGE 26

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