Split Decision: New SAG-AFTRA Pact Calls for Sharing of Pension And Health Contributions
AFTRA’s Health and Retirement fund will receive contributions on earnings from new half-hour network shows (mostly sitcoms) and new one-hour basic cable shows (mostly dramas), all new longform TV shows (such as miniseries and telefilms), and everything made for CW.
All existing shows that are currently contributing to one plan or the other will continue to make contribution to those plans. In other words, there will be no switching of plans, as the deal only affects new shows going forward.
The allocation plan was based on a five-year study of the way the two different pension and health plans had been receiving contributions, which has resulted in a split of 57% of contributions going to the SAG plan and 43% going to the AFTRA plan.
As has always been the case, contributions on actors’ earnings from theatrical motion pictures will continue to go to the SAG plan.
The proposed new contract has already been overwhelmingly approved by the unions board of directors and must now be ratified by the union’s membership.
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Look, it’s the Ol’ Dog’s opinion that this arbitrary split is a scam. The current leadership violated the the NLRB 1952 ruling (which clearly gives jurisdiction regarding actors to SAG over AFTRA) when Ken’s gang allowed AFTRA to steal SAG’s jurisdiction!
So, what does that leave AFTRA? Well….
Let’s now examine the section detailing AFTRA’s jurisdiction. (Notice that this jurisdiction was initially given to the TVA (Television Authority) which later combined with AFRA to become AFTRA.
As it is clear that SAG has jurisdiction over all motion pictures produced for television, it is also abundantly clear that AFTRA’s jurisdiction as derived through the TVA is limited to LIVE television. Yes, kinescopes or other devices are noted but only for programs done in the manner of a live broadcast.
This pretty well limits AFTRA’s jurisdiction to talk shows, game shows, news shows, D.J.’s and little else. The truth of the matter, it could be argued that even Soaps are no longer done in a LIVE MANNER.
So what has Ken and his anti-SAG UFS gang done? They arbitrarily based this split on the last five years. You know the time period they handed over SAG’s NLRB mandated jurisdiction over to AFTRA. Have actors been scammed? What was that Ken? But, but, but…..
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