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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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)