The following statement was posted on the Restore Respect Website! I have utilized various Restore Respect leaders photos to represent various parts of the RR slates group statement. The OI’ Watchdog Incisive Interjections are highlighted!
Our deepest thanks to our supporters, and our regrets we won’t have the opportunity to bring to pass the exceptional ideas you’ve shared with us over this campaign period. This experience has been exhausting, alternately inspiring and disheartening, and ultimately educational. The voter turnout, at around 23%, was sadly very low. It is appalling that, with so much directly at stake in our careers and personal finances, true professional performers – working or struggling to work professional performersparticipate so little in the running of their own union. What is also continually depressing is how little homework actors do on whom they elect, if they even bother to vote. Most SAG members aren’t interested in the business side of our careerswe expect other people to take care of that boring stuff for us, while we are busy being artistes.
Me thinks, Restore Respecters are in serious denial! Yes, it is sad when members don’t take the time to participate in our union’s political process! But if there is one thing this election and the most resounding defeat in guild history, indicates, it’s that the members DID THEIR HOMEWORK! They did! And they FLUNKED RESTORE RESPECT CANDIDATES! When, a slate is defeated so resoundingly, really to the point of humiliation, only electing ONE of their THIRTY FOUR CANDIDATES, its time for a serious reevaluation of its agenda. How’s this for a start! When YOU LOSE stop blaming OTHERS for YOUR DEFEAT!
Restore Respect has never been willing to use dirty tricks or fear-mongering to win.
These folks don’t seem to realize that just because you use a photo of a bar of soap in dirty little mailers that don’t make them honest and clean! Misanthropically speaking that is!
We operated on the faith that truth, reason and following the rules would make us rise to the top, and that the members could discern the difference.
Oh, they discerned alright! In fact, they discerned Membership First intoTHIRTY FOUR OUT OF THIRTY FIVE SEATS!
But actors are emotional beings and easily manipulated.
Restore Respecters probably got that bit of insiped insight from GMMB! You remember them? They’re the high priced PR firm Restore Respect Leadership hired at 300,000 dollars of your dues money to sell you on CONsolidation! You remember, the PR firm whose motto is “We Change Behavior!”
If you lie to members and tell them that the other guy is out to take away their vote, or out to take away the money they might one day earn, or is engaging in backroom deals with producers and selling them out, or that they’re in cahoots with a corrupt staff, …you’ll win every time.
That’s because we are all a bunch of dumb children! Guided by our emotions not our intellect! Yes, you will win every time, especially when you can back those “lies” up with PROOF! And when you produce documentation that your opponents Lies are just that–LIES! For instance, Snake Oil Collin’s, statement that Membership First was responsible for the 2000 strike, but documentation proved that Restore Respecters dominated the Negotiating committee! (Out of the 26 members of the committee only 7 were Membership First, the remaining 19 were Restore Respecters)
Because in a grossly inequitable Industry, in an unfair world, we all want someone to blame for why we don’t have the success we think we deserve.
Ooops! A Freudian Slip!
There are still ways for you to help your community. Vote for Prop 72 in November. Volunteer to serve on one of the many Committees (contact the Committees office at SAG for a list); give your time to outreach and activism through Members on the M.O.V.E.; volunteer for BookPals and read to kids; support efforts to help workers through the AFL-CIO, AFTRA and AEA; donate money to the Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTF) and find out how to volunteer at their retirement home; see how you can help with the Actors Fund. We can all find things to complain about – the question is, what are you willing to do as an individual to make things better?
Yes we can all find things to complain about! Case in point, this, their self-serving statement.
Restore Respect is proud to have continued our track record of running clean and honest campaigns, with real proposals to deal with real problems, and a history of living up to our campaign promises to members.
What can you say to that but “Less Dues, More Muscle!”
We’re taking a much needed break and getting back to our families and careers. Use the USAN Website for Nationwide member-to-member news and activism, and sign up for their email list. Please, continue to reach out to your peers, to stay informed, do your homework and fight for what you believe in. .
Sign up for their email list. Hey, and you can even forward THEIR EMAILS without being fearful of being SUED!
Again, thank you for your support.
What can we say Loretta? One is the Loneliest Number!
A.L. Miller SW Editor & Chief
Is this Restore Respect’s Swan Song? The Ol’ Watchdog suspects that unless they can accept responsibility for their failed policies instead of blaming others—their Goose is Cooked.