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Eye-Opening Candid Photos of the candidates!

April 19, 2005 (20:22) | 2005 | By: Arlin Miller

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I guess that it’s no secret that some of the 8′ by 10′ glossies that you see of actors running for SAG offices, ah, ain’t necessarily what they look like now! Duh?

The Ol’ Dog is posting candid photos of the five candidates running for Sag’s Presidency and Secretary/treasurer.

First, here’s a snapshot of Alan Rosenberg meeting rank and file members at the recent successful SAG Labor Day Picnic.





The Ol’ Watchdog couldn’t find a photo of Morgan Fairchild in an uncontrolled environment, but here’s one taken at one of her by invitation-only get-togethers with the “King of Promos,” the incomparable, Don LaFontaine





Here’s the man from the Wild, Wild West, Mr. Robert Conrad in a candid photo taken at Sunday’s Wild Bunch party. I believe that is his lovely wife in the photo with him. Ah, gulp, at least I hope it is.

Update !!

(Hmmm, I have been informed that is not his wife! Yikes! If someone comes knocking at my door, and I peek out and see a battery on a shoulder–I ain’t opening the damn thing.





Here is the lovely Connie Stevens, candidate for Secretary/treasurer, at the Membership First press conference announcing her and Alan Rosenberg’s candidacy.





And last but not least a candid photo of Lee Garlington snapped at that Wild Bunch PARTY! I’m not sure who the gentleman is, but, but, I’m sure someone will let me know.(And, and, they did. The gentleman is Wild Bunch Candidate Steve Cutler.)

A.L Miller SW Editor & Chief WOOF !

Fair is Fair! Watchdog readers, especially the ladies, deserve to see a candid photo of the Ol’ Watchdog.



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Is the SAG Senior Staff Biased against Membership First? The Ol’ Watchdog hopes this post puts an end to that Question.

April 19, 2005 (20:22) | 2005 | By: Arlin Miller

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There have been some nasty rumors circulating that SAG Senior Staff, especially in New York where USAN dominates with their Hollywood Extremist Rhetoric, has been biased in their treatment of the two slates. The Ol’ Dog hopes that these photos reportedly taken at SAG headquarters in New York will put an end to those divisive rumors.

First you’ll notice that SAG Presidential Candidate Morgan Fairchild, along with USAN candidates, is afforded a small space in SAG’s headquarters.

But notice also that Membership First Candidate’s flyers are also afforded an equal amount of space.

The Ol’ Dog hopes this puts an end to those vicious rumors that New York’s Senior Staff is in anyway biased in their treatment of candidates.

A.L. Miller S&W Editor & Chief WOOF !

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UPDATE: Watchdog Receives a Response from SAG Cover Up? Open Email to SAG’s Michelle Bennett: Elections Violations involving Morgan Fairchild and Lee Garlington and their USAN supporters.

April 19, 2005 (20:22) | 2005 | By: Arlin Miller

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The Ol’ Dog recently sent an Open Email to Michelle Bennett asking some tough question of the current SAG Leadership and Senior staff. They included:

In closing, here are a few questions that I think the membership deserves to have answered.

Who made these allegations: A SAG member or a SAG staff member? Are any other alleged participants being investigated? Has the current leadership now put the entire matter to rest, by tacitly absolving everyone involved, with their neat little PR announcement to the membership? Has the Department of Labor been advised by SAG Leadership of these suspected violations.

Here is Ms. Bennett’s detailed Response!



Ahhhh, okay! Related material below!

A.L. Miller SW Editor & Chief WOOF !

Cover Up? Open Email to SAG’s Michelle Bennett: Elections Violations involving Morgan Fairchild and Lee Garlington and their USAN supporters.

Recently, SAG Members received an email from Michelle Bennett SAG National Director of Governance in which it was stated that the National Elections Committee had reviewed allegations that violations of election campaign rules may have occurred–and that the Committee found no evidence that any candidates were in violation of the rules.

Well, to the Ol’ Dog this smacks of a Cover-up! First off I think it should be clarified that this wasn’t just candidates in general, but rather USAN/Campaign For Unity supporters using SAG facilities and email lists to benefit the candidacy of Morgan Fairchild and Lee Garlington: Candidates that enjoy the support of the current leadership and many, but not all, of the senior staff. Therefore, we should be especially diligent to make sure that they are not given preferential treatment in this matter!

These are allegations of serious violations of Federal Labor Law! Violations that I understand were, not brought to light by some disgruntled candidates, but rather by a Senior Staff member. Therefore they need to be thoroughly investigated, rather than dumped in the lap of an Elections Committee, with no legal experience, for a quick sweep under the rug.

These serious allegations should be turned over to the Department of Labor for investigation! Thus avoiding any appearance of a Cover-up by the USAN/Restore Respect/Campaign For Unity leadership.

The following is an Open Email I have forwarded to Michelle Bennett at the Screen Actors Guild. (Below is a copy of the SAG Email under discussion.)

An Open Email to:
Michelle Bennett
SAG National Director of Governance

Dear Ms. Bennett:
In an email sent to the SAG Membership entitled “Re: Important Message Regarding 2005 National Officers Election” dated August 25th, 2005, you stated the following to members eligible to vote in the upcoming National Officers election:

“The National Elections Committee has recently reviewed allegations that violations of election campaign rules may have occurred in the Georgia Branch and with a Regional Branch Division List Serve. The Committee has found no evidence that any candidate for national office took any action that could be a violation of election campaign rules.”

Ms. Bennett, it is my understanding that the above-mentioned allegations included participants other than candidates. Participants who allegedly used SAG facilities including teleconferencing equipment and official SAG email lists to promote the candidacies of “Campaign For Unity’s” Morgan Fairchild and Lee Garlington.

Considering that Title IV of the Labor Disclosure Act prohibits anyone from using union facilities or funds in the promotion of candidates in a union election, it borders on staff malfeasance that the Elections Committee was asked to limit the scope of their findings to just “candidates” rather than all possible participants–including Ms. Fairchild’s and Ms. Garlington’s political allies on SAG’s Staff.
This is not an indictment of our Elections Committee but rather of those who put them in the untenable position of making a ruling that only tells part of the story–and smacks of a cover-up! It’s analogous to an internal investigation regarding pilfering of SAG funds, in which the matter is put to rest by announcing to the membership that “No Hundred dollar bills where stolen!”

In closing, here are a few questions that I think the membership deserves to have answered.
Who made these allegations: A SAG member or a SAG staff member? Are any other alleged participants being investigated? Has the current leadership now put the entire matter to rest, by tacitly absolving everyone involved, with their neat little PR announcement to the membership? Has the Department of Labor been advised by SAG Leadership of these suspected violations.

These are important questions, with political implications, that could very well impact the outcome of the upcoming election.

Thank you,

A.L. Miller SAG/AFTRA Member

CC: Greg Hernandez Daily News
CC: Jesse Hiestand Hollywood Reporter
CC: Dave McNary Variety Magazine
CC: Roger Armbrust Backstage Magazine
CC: Jeffrey Gitomer Department Of Labor

We’ll let you know if we get any response.

A.L. Miller SW Editor & Chief WOOF !

Here’s The referenced Email:

To: SAG Members Eligible to Vote in the 2005 National Officers Election
From: 2005 SAG National Elections Committee

Re: Important Message Regarding 2005 National Officers Election

August 25, 2005

The National Elections Committee has recently reviewed allegations that violations of election campaign rules may have occurred in the Georgia Branch and with a Regional Branch Division List Serve. The Committee has found no evidence that any candidate for national office took any action that could be a violation of election campaign rules. In addition, the Committee has taken certain remedial action, which the Committee believes has contributed to the maintenance of the integrity and fairness of the National Officers election campaign.
Please be assured that the Elections Committee will take all steps within the scope of its authority to ensure that the National election of SAG Officers is conducted in compliance with the applicable SAG rules and with federal law.

In Solidarity,

Members of the 2005 SAG National Elections Committee

Bonnie Bartlett, National Chair
Nancy Giles, New York Division Co-Chair
David Hartley-Margolin, Regional Branch Division Co-Chair
Rosemary Forsyth, Hollywood Vice Chair
Joanna Cassidy
Kathleen Chalfant
Renee Taylor
Jane Beard (Alternate)
Maureen Donnelly (Alternate)


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Watchdog Exclusive: The Ol’ Dog takes on USAN/cfu spokesman Tony Roberts mano a perro! And we go down memory lane with a Trista Delamere Flashback

April 19, 2005 (20:22) | 2005 | By: Arlin Miller

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Mr. Robert’s words are direct quotes from a recent email from him in support of Morgan Fairchild for SAG President.


A divided Union (an oxymoron) is even less effective than a divided country.


WOOF ! This from a guy whose USAN/Campaign For Unity pals play East against West with their Flyer labeling Hollywood members as EXTREMIST!


It has also been my experience that a Union governed democratically and successfully requires the efforts of people willing to debate and compromise in order to form consensus.


WOOF ! This from a guy whose fellow party members voted against a MINORITY REPORT!


The debates in this union have become soured by acrimony, and partisanship.



WOOF ! This from a guy stood by silently while his political pal, Mike Farrell, labeled those who disagreed with him as craven/misanthropes!


Celebrities with little on hands experience of the Guild’s workings and history are being put up for office because their names resonate familiarly with a broader membership!

WOOF ! Of course when Mr. Roberts was put up for office, it had nothing with to do with the fact that his name might “resonate familiarly” with a broader membership And we all remember his outrage when his USAN parties political pals Restore Respect put up for office those “hands-on” paragons of Guild Workings and history; Melissa Gilbert, Mike Farrell, James Cromwell and Morgan Fairchild!


But they vote like a bloc in the meetings!



WOOF ! This from a guy whose group votes in lockstep on every single issue! In fact they also endorse in near total lockstep! Every National NY and Branch Board Member but one, DHM, endorsed Morgan Fairchild before she even revealed her platform.


A union needs the compassion of all of its members for each other.



WOOF ! And Mr. Roberts supports Ms. Fairchild who intends to show her compassion of all members by taking away the vote of most of them!


Compromise is the name of the game, and all progress is impeded without it!


WOOF ! We’ve had plenty of “compromise” with our employers in the last few Collective Bargaining Agreements–and we got the lowest minimums in guild history, No increase in DVD, No Residuals in Interactive, and for the first time in guild history, we rolled back residuals to Producers. All this compromising is compromising our ability to make a decent living!

Those who sue the Guild, or hold it responsible for the conditions of our industry, or who conspire to blame staff, or who hurl derogative allegations against other board members, or those running for office, are doing damage to all of us, because their message is divisive. There is no sin, I maintain, more damnable than that; certainly not if you carry a union card.

WOOF ! To the contrary those who hold guild leaders responsible for their inappropriate actions either with internal action, or in the courts, do not damage our union–but strengthen it. It’s Complacency and inaction that ring the death knell of any union. As to derogative allegations we’ll leave those to Mr. Roberts who just characterized those who disagree with him as divisive!

For that reason I urge you to support Morgan Fairchild for President. I have worked with Morgan as an actor, and served with her on the Board. In my opinion she is exactly the remedy for what ails us.



WOOF ! For the above reasons I urge you not to vote for Morgan Fairchild! She is not the remedy for what ails us. She is the symptom of what ails us. Vote for Alan Rosenberg and the Membership First Slate.

A.L. Miller SW Editor & Chief WOOF !

Here’s the skinny, kiddies. With Morgan and a couple of her CFU running mates in the top spots, USAN, as they spelled out in their divisive flyer calling Hollywood members Extremist, WILL BE ABLE TO PUT AND KEEP NEW YORK’S INTERESTS FRONT AND CENTER.

USAN/Campaign For Unity continues to charge Membership First with divisive name calling while the exact opposite is true! Trista Delamere, Campaign for Unity,
had this uniting comment to make after her and her Restore Respect pals were crushed in the last election. This is the kind of UNITY you can expect from Morgan’s Campaign For Unity!

This excerpt is from Hollywood Reporter article “Challengers sweep SAG Hollywood vote!” (9/24/04)

“Lies and fear-mongering always work with an underemployed and uneducated membership,” Restore Respect leader Trista Delamere said. “As if we needed further proof of how out of touch SAG is with the active working members and how out of touch working members are with SAG.” Hollywood Reporter 9/24/o4)


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Get on your Groovy Disco Dancin’ Duds Watchdog Parody Productions Presents Ms. Morgan Fearchild in the Hottest Musical Video of Season

April 19, 2005 (20:22) | 2005 | By: Arlin Miller

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