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Happy Thanksgiving!!!

November 20, 2012 (19:59) | 2012 | By: Arlin Miller

The above is  either a Thanksgiving animation or a political comment about the upcoming sag-AFTRA commercial negotiations with AFTRA’s Roberta Reardon at the helm!!!!



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SAG finally confirms that Screen Actors Guild-Producers Pension plan manager has departed her post!

November 16, 2012 (15:59) | 2012 | By: Arlin Miller

As the Ol’ Dog reported on this website about a month ago ago, SAG’s Pension plan manager Marinna Edwards departed her post!!!!!!

Posted: Fri., Nov. 16, 2012, 1:12pm PT

SAG pension manager ankles

Longtime official Marianna Edwards departs post

By Dave McNary

SAG Pension and Health Logo - H 2012

Marianna Edwards, the longtime manager of the Screen Actors Guild-Producers Pension plan, has departed her post.

Christopher Dowdell, CEO of the pension and health plans, confirmed to Variety that Edwards is no longer with the pension plan but provided no further details.

The SAG health plan covers about 40,000 participants and has assets of more than $2 billion, while the retirement plan pays pensions to an estimated 9,000 beneficiaries.

Edwards’ departure comes with trustees of the SAG and AFTRA health and retirement plans — operated separately from the union with an equal number of reps from the producers and the union — attempting to merge the separate plans in the wake of union leaders requesting that they take such a step.

Proponents of the merger, approved in March, touted the combined SAG-AFTRA as having more power than the individual unions and asserted that combining the unions would be a first step toward combining the separate SAG and AFTRA health and retirement plans — and move toward solving the problem of performers not qualifying for coverage under the separate plans.

Dowdell replaced Bruce Dow in April, stepping up from chief operating office slot after Dow resigned.

The pension and health plans were sued earlier this year by a former executive Craig Simmons for alleged wrongful termination. Simmons had filed a complaint with the federal government last year, asserting he was terminated for acting as a whistleblower about alleged embezzlement at the fund; the board of trustees has repeatedly denied Simmons’ allegations.

Contact Dave McNary at dave.mcnary@variety.com


Thanks to Mr. McNary for  sticking with this story and finally getting  a confirmation from  SAG.  Here’s what we reported back on 25 October, 2012:

The Ol’ SAG Watchdog has learned that Mariana Edwards, SAG Pension Manager, has resigned her position as of  yesterday.  I was told that Ms. Edwards left after 27 years.  And even  though she was told that she was  indispensable to SAG, as in, she would be the only person with the expertise to transition to merger of the plans regarding pensions, she said “no!!”
The Ol’ Dog was told the reason that she left was, in her words, “AFTRA is taking over SAG P&H.”

She then apparently said that  the  SAG P&H staff, had no idea that would happen and that the plan was in the red two years ago, and therefore Erisa law dictates no discussion of merging the plans until 2015.

Look those were the things that I was told: here is what I found out after calling  the SAG P&H office  in  Burbank.  Ms. Edwards, indeed is no longer there!  She packed her stuff and left yesterday.  Other than that NOTHING!

After,  a little barking, the Ol’ Dog was told that someone with authority to answer my questions would call me later in the day!  Ahhh,  still  waiting!!!


Oh, by the way I am still waiting!  As to the Ms. Edward’s incident, I first learned about it on my favorite SAG Actor  Bulletin Board discussion www.sagactor.com


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Watchdog Little known fact: Fox’s Sean Hannity holds the world record for saying the word Benghazi!!!  *rah





Wave “Bye-Bye” to Ralph Morgan Award!!!!

November 15, 2012 (21:15) | 2012 | By: Arlin Miller

 Posted: Thu., Nov. 15, 2012, 6:06pm PT

SAG-AFTRA’s L.A. local sets Dec. 3 meeting

Morgan award will not be presented as union sorts out rules

Wave “Bye-Bye” as another SAG tradition  Croaks!!!!

By Dave McNary

SAG-AFTRA’s Los Angeles local will hold its first membership meeting Dec. 3 — but without the usual accompanying fanfare of the presentation of the Ralph Morgan service award, as the 8-month-old performers union sorts out new procedures.

The 7 p.m. meeting will be held at the Sportsmen’s Lodge, often the site of membership meetings, and is open only to SAG-AFTRA members. Los Angeles co-presidents Gabrielle Carteris and Ned Vaughn will chair the event.

Previously, the Screen Actors Guild’s summer Hollywood membership meeting usually drew several hundred members and had been used in past years to present the Morgan award.

That award, named for SAG’s first president, has been presented in recent years to Kent McCord (“Adam 12”), Scott Wilson (“In Cold Blood”), Yale Summers (“Daktari”), former SAG president Kathleen Nolan (“The Real McCoys”) and notably to “Titanic” actress Gloria Stuart two years ago in an emotional ceremony at the Sportsmen’s Lodge.

However, members of SAG and AFTRA voted overwhelmingly in late March for a merger, which created SAG-AFTRA as the successor union with about 165,000 members.

The fate of the Morgan award is in the hands of a recently appointed awards committee that has not yet met. Board members Jenny O’Hara and Janette Gautier are the co-chairs of the new committee.

The constitution of the new union, which now has 25 locals, requires a minimum of one membership meeting per year for each local. Leaders of SAG-AFTRA have set in motion plans for next year’s elections and board structure, which will be in place next September, with Los Angeles allocated 28 of the 70 board seats and New York 16.

Contact Dave McNary at dave.mcnary@variety.com


Another sad moment as SAG is no  more!!!


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Bonus: More Anagrams!!!! The SAG Anagram Game!

November 13, 2012 (11:31) | 2012 | By: Arlin Miller

Bonus SAG Anagrams at bottom of this post!


It’s New, It’s Exciting, it’s The SAG Anagram Game!

First congratulations to SAG & AFTRA staff, who after a weak response to Hurricane Sandy by Ken & Roberta, came through with sterling programs to assist our East Coast brother & sister members needing assistance!

Also, I don’t know about you but I was  thoroughly impressed by the statements made by both the winner and loser after the presidential election!  America what a country!

Okay, so much for what I think we can all agree upon!  To lighten up, and have a little fun, I came up with an anagram game reflecting my views on what is currently happening with our  union revolving round certain events.
Click to show "Secret Agent" result 26

*SAG NED refuses to reveal his salary: SAG, the “Secret Actor’s Guild.”

*Current UFS leadership surrenders SAG’s jurisdiction in order to force members to vote for merger: SAG, the “Sellouts Actors Guild.”

*Growing number of members  unhappy with  current  leadership: SAG, the  “Seething Actors Guild.”

*Founding of fund to assist SAG Sandy victims: SAG, the “Splendid Actors Guild.”

*Revenue shortfalls due to loss of jurisdiction to poaching by AFTRA: SAG, the “Sinking Actors Guild.”

Ah, well  you get the idea.  If you have any SAG anagrams of your own please post them below.

And now, a new feature here on the  Ol’ SAG Watchdog.

*Headline of the Week: Authoress’ biography about general she was having sex with entitled “All In!” [tanz]


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Bonus SAG Anagrams: *rah

*Ken & Roberta’s “play ball”  policies have put SAG membership behind the Eight Ball: SAG, the “Snookered Actors Guild!”

*Membership screwed by UFS Leadership’s “Go-along-to-Get-Along” Policies:  SAG,  the “Schtupped Actors Guild.”

* The obscene; indecent maneuvers by UFS Leaders in selling out their own to achieve their agenda: SAG, the “Salacious Actors Guild.”

* Screen Actors Guild members who thought UFS leadership had their best interest at heart:  SAG, The “Scammed Actors Guild.”

* Members who lost everything because their jurisdiction was sold out to AFTRA by UFS Sellouts: SAG, the “Skinned Actors Guild.”





Yet another UPDATE from AFTRA!!!!! Good News! ($200,000 Donation) Update!!!!! SAG-AFTRA Hurricane “Sandy” Disaster Relief!

November 2, 2012 (01:12) | 2012 | By: Arlin Miller

AFTRA Foundation Announces Creation of Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund

AFTRA Foundation Announces Creation of Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund
November 6, 2012, 11:21am
Filed in: Press & Media

AFTRA Foundation President Shelby Scott and SAG-AFTRA Co-President
and AFTRA Foundation Board Member Roberta Reardon

Announce Creation of AFTRA Foundation Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund

New York (November 6, 2012) – The AFTRA Foundation announced the creation of a $50,000 fund to support and aid active SAG-AFTRA members in their recovery from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.

The AFTRA Foundation Hurricane Relief Fund will be administered by the Actors Fund in New York.

SAG-AFTRA members are eligible to apply if they are currently active and have paid their dues through the May 2012 billing cycle. Grants of up to $1000 will be administered through the Actors Fund through a confidential and streamlined process aimed at aiding members quickly and effectively as they rebuild and recover from the superstorm.

“Our hearts are behind our actions and, like a true family, the AFTRA Foundation is here to help our members when they need help the most,” said AFTRA Foundation President Shelby Scott. “We’ve seen great loss and suffering caused by this storm. Helping our members rebuild their lives is the most important work we can do at this time.”

“This is the type of work the Foundation is devoted to and was designed for,” said SAG-AFTRA Co-President Roberta Reardon. “We are grateful to all who support us and to the Actors Fund for partnering with us. Our members are strong, talented, generous people. We are proud of them and their resilience, and honored to be able to help in this time of need.”

Members affected by the storm can apply for assistance by contacting The Actors Fund in New York at 212-221-7300 ext. 119 or intakeny@actorsfund.org.

Donations to the AFTRA Foundation Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund can be sent to:

AFTRA Foundation
Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund
260 Madison Ave. 7th Floor
New York, NY 10016

About AFTRA Foundation

Founded in 1997, the AFTRA Foundation is a 501c(3) charitable and educational organization funded through tax-deductible voluntary contributions, grants, and bequests – not member dues – to support projects outside the scope of normal activities of the Union. To learn more about the AFTRA Foundation, please visit www.sagaftra.org/aftrafoundation.

About the Actors Fund

The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps everyone— performers and those behind the scenes—who works in performing arts and entertainment, serving more than 12,800 people annually. Programs include social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance, housing, and employment and training services.  Visit www.actorsfund.org for more information.


More good news!!!!  First SAG announced a relief fund!  Now, AFTRA announces that they have one !!!

Hmmm!   Hmmm, again! But, but, but I thought since the merger, we were ONE UNION….ah, okay!!!!



SAG Foundation Superstorm Sandy Emergency Assistance Fund

SAG Foundation Superstorm Sandy Emergency Assistance Fund. Here to lend a helping hand.

If you are an active SAG-AFTRA member facing hardship due to the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy, the Screen Actors Guild Foundation
(SAG Foundation) and the Screen Actors Guild Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund (SAG MPPWF) are here to help.

The SAG Foundation has provided initial funding through a $100,000 contribution that is being matched by an identical $100,000 from the SAG
MPPWF for a total available assistance pool of $200,000. The Actors Fund is partnering with the SAG Foundation and SAG MPPWF in this much-
needed effort and will provide the social services and coordinate the grant reviews and approvals. Checks will be made available for in-person pick-up
at SAG-AFTRA’s New York local office within days.

Affected and eligible SAG-AFTRA members may apply to the fund for one-time cash grants of up to $2,400 from the SAG Foundation and an additional
$2,400 from the SAG MPPWF, for a total potential assistance grant of $4,800 per person upon approval. Members are eligible to apply if they are currently
active and have paid their dues through the May 2012 billing cycle.

The process has been minimized to speed relief to those in need and consists of a quick, confidential and non-invasive application and consultation to
establish need. During the consultation, the social services professionals will also assess each applicant’s need for additional assistance programs or services.

Members in need can apply by contacting The Actors Fund intake services directly at:

Eastern Region, 212.221.7300 ext. 119, intakeny@actorsfund.org

Can you lend a helping hand? The SAG Foundation is accepting donations directed to the Superstorm Sandy Emergency Assistance Fund from individuals and
corporate donorswho may wish to help provide relief to hard-hit SAG-AFTRA members in the affected areas. Contributions may be made by clicking this link.




Message from The Actors Fund: Helping Our Colleagues Hurt by Superstorm Sandy

A Message from The Actors Fund: Helping Our Colleagues Hurt by Superstorm Sandy

Millions of our friends and neighbors in the Tri-State region are suffering because of Superstorm Sandy. The Actors Fund is working hard to respond quickly to requests for emergency financial assistance and to help ensure the safety of our community.

Please note that our website, email and New York Office phone number have been experiencing periodic outages. Currently, our systems are fully operational, and we remain open and our staff is here and at remote locations, helping during this very difficult time.

Remember, we are here to serve everyone in performing arts and entertainment. We’re here to help if your home was damaged in the storm, if you are without work or between gigs and have no steady income, or if you are without medical insurance and need medical care. Whatever challenge you’re facing, bring it to The Actors Fund.

If you’re one of the lucky ones who hasn’t been affected by the storm and you would like to help, please consider a donation to support people in need as Sandy’s aftermath unfolds. Many won’t be able to make ends meet in the coming weeks, while others will need help repairing their homes or paying for medications and food.

And you can play another role in the recovery, by volunteering your time and talent. Contacting New York Cares, the American Red Cross, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey or AmeriCares are good places to start.

Your support will also allow us to continue our vital work of helping more than 12,800 people in our community in need in Los Angeles, Chicago and nationally.

You are among our most loyal supporters. Thank you for making our work possible.



Now this is how a union should act: This is from the SAG-AFTRA website.

Our thoughts are with those affected by Hurrican Sandy.

Help Those In Need

The American Red Cross continues to mobilize resources and relief workers to respond to Hurricane Sandy’s impact. Your help is desperately needed to provide essential aid including shelter, meals, basic health care, emotional support and other emergency services. Please make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief today.

Link: http://www.redcross.org/

Aid for SAG-AFTRA Members

The Actors Fund
The Actors Fund NY office, (917)281.5936, is available to assist SAG-AFTRA members in the tri-state area affected by Hurricane Sandy. Their website, email and New York Office phone numbers are experiencing sporadic outages. Visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter for additional updates, and visit their blog here.

Union Plus Disaster Relief Grants
As part of the Union Plus Union SAFE programs designed to assist union members, the Disaster Relief Grant is able to help those with a Union Plus Credit Card, Union Plus Mortgage or Union Plus Insurance policy who are facing financial hardship due to a natural disaster. The money does not have to be repaid.




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