The Ol’ Dog has learned that the only major changes imposed by our new NED includes a new staff dress code, and that the dues referendum is not to be referred to as an increase–but a HIKE!
A.L. Miller SW Editor & Chief
Photo and formatting is SW’s.
This article appeared in the Hollywood Reporter.
An LM2 Corrections SAG President Rosenberg wins poker championship, but still ask for dues increase.
These two stories sound like a bit for the Jay Leno Show! Actually it would’ve been funnier if the SAG Prez had lost the poker championship, and ask for a dues increase, but, but, you can’t have everything I guess.
One teenie weenie thing! The Ol’ Dog has not endorsed Alan Rosenberg for president if, and when, he runs again.
Ms. Horwitch is a fine reporter, but sometimes things get misunderstood on the telephone. At this point, I’m taking a wait and see attitude. Mr. Rosenberg, has done some good things, but blew it big time with his media distillation and dismissal of one of our finest and most dedicated members Kent McCord as little more that a middle-aged White Man. Also, I will need to be reassured that he will not bring outside politics inside SAG.
Also, an article mistatement in the confusing AFTRA LM2’s. AFTRA has at least 19 employees who make over One hundred thousand dollars a year. For instance Kim Roberts AFTRA NED made $305,525 dollars in 2006, while Executive Director, Steve Burrow made $230,130 dollars, Richard Larkin Assoc. Executive Dir. $186,059 dollars, and Mathis Dunn Assist. National Exec. Dir made $183,991 dollars.
SAG Prez Named Sundance Poker Champ
A.L. Miller SW Editor & Chief
AFTRA Board Member Browde Fires Back Boyderline Remarks: “Mean Ol’ Memo, ” Part Three! Bonus articles on Dues Increase from Variety and De Prez!
As we join, Ms. Boyd in Part Three of her memo, she gives us her Boyd’s eye view of what it takes to make it in showbiz.
Truth is, if you have talent, a modicum of good fortune, and oh yes – a franchised AGENT, you can qualify for health and retirement in both unions. The really good working performers vest in all three.
Only one word comes to mind after that statement. SMUG! It has been my experience that those that cannot see beyond their own limited personal experience, cannot govern beyond their own limited personal needs.
Your friends at MembershipFirst! are shadow boxing about benefits hoping you’ll miss the point. I’d much rather have two pensions than one set at a ridiculously low cap.
The only shadows we’re concerned about, are the shadowy deals AFTRA makes. And then, when they get caught, they proclaim, “but, but, we only did it once.” And of course, if AFTRA stops poaching SAG shows, that would in no way prevent dual card members from still earning two pensions–and it would prevent SAG members from splitting their benefits when forced to do those poached AFTRA shows.
ICM: nice try, dog pac. AFTRA has a good and steady relationship with the ATA, and is talking through the points of the new ICM structure.
Oh, yeah AFTRA has a great relationship with the ATA/NATR, especially since they sold their members out for 500,000 pieces of silver to sign their go-along-to-get-along ATA/NATR deal!
It’s good enough for the California Labor Commissioner.
Yeah, and so is a TWENTY PERCENT COMMISSION! And if there was no SAG to represent actors, and only AFTRA and their current lock-step leadership, I’m sure it wouldn’t be long before agents would be getting it.
Dog and company may want to ask the DGA and WGA (there are other guilds that have offices in Hollywood) if they have a problem with it. What these few SAG Hollywood members are complaining about is unclear, since the ATA is not affiliated with SAG and has no plans to talk to SAG anytime soon.
Few Hollywood SAG members? It seems to the Ol’ Dog that in the ATA/NATR agents referendum, SAG’s membership overwhelmingly voted against giving agents the same deal that AFTRA’s leadership turned over to them. As I said, without a membership referendum, and for a payoff of a half million dollars. No, SAG does not CURRENTLY have an affiliation with ATA/NATR agents, but that’s because of the very Hollywood leadership that Ms. Boyd supported in the past: the now defunct Restore Respect/Campaign for Unity parties who got their butts royally kicked in the last two elections.
During the last election cycle when campaign materials proudly stated that talks with the agents were ongoing and a deal would be struck soon, in fact there were no such talks and no deal was on the table.
Although the Ol’ Dog has been critical of both the Restore Respect reign, and now the Membership First reign for not forcing ATA/NATR Agents to franchise, Ms. Boyd is once again stretching the truth. MembershipFirst! had no campaign material stating that a deal would be struck soon.
What does a little stretching of the truth hurt? A lot, as it turns out.
Yeah, so stop it!
The “loyal” AFTRA/SAG dual card holders at the membership meeting orchestrated a nice little bash, but it had little to do with truth.
Hmmm, so why did Ms. Boyd vote for a motion that had little to do with the truth? Hmmm … oh, I see. Change of pace.
Truth is more complex than they would have us believe.
Ah, you mean, like “Oh, that show would have gone non-union if we hadn’t of low-balled SAG’s rate.”
But here are a couple of simple FAQs for when things get murky with the dog and his pals: How could we have solved the “split health and retirement” dilemma these folks are so worried about on your behalf?
Hmmm, methinks Ms. Boyd is conflicted. First she is telling us that two pensions are better than one, and now she is pushing merger.
How could we work effectively together to achieve parity in rates and conditions across all contracts?
Or then again, AFTRA could stop low-balling SAG contracts.
How could we best work together in the face of management consolidation and rampant non-union production?
That would be oh, yes! merger.
For someone that is telling us how much better AFTRA is than SAG, boy, she sure wants to merge. As for the rampant non-union production, that’s with shows in AFTRA’s jurisdiction: CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, and various reality, cable, and local radio stations. You could name probably a hundred high profile AFTRA members who are currently doing non-union work under AFTRA’s jurisdiction but would have a hard time coming up with any SAG members doing the same under SAG’s jurisdiction. It’s called Global Rule One–and AFTRA ain’t got it.
Who defeated the merger plans not once, but twice in the last decade, even when 58% of SAG members across the country voted in favor of it? Your friends at MembershipFirst! the ol’ dog and the pac.
There have been numerous attempts to merge in SAG’s seventy plus year history–and all have failed, huh, and everyone of them failed because of MembershipFirst? Susan and her pals still haven’t gotten the message. SAG members do not want to merge with AFTRA. They just want AFTRA’s leaders to stop screwing them in order to stuff AFTRA’s empty coffers!
You’ll have to ask them why. We who work in this business (under all the contracts) can’t figure it out.
Like I said
A.L. Miller SW Editor & Chief
Speaking of empty coffers, I thought you might enjoy this little response to an AFTRA Board Member on Showfax Bulletin Board! It pretty well spells out AFTRA’s finances. Oh, and after this, the latest Variety Article on SAG’s dues increase.
This following was posted on the Showfax Bulletin Board by AFTRA Board Member David Browde in response to the above.
So, bottom line, Mr. Browde does not dispute my LM2 figures that prove AFTRA’s net assets would be MINUS $6,210,762 dollars without member assessments, dues increases and SAG branch payments. Our difference of opinion is in our characterization of those events.
He sees them as a result of AFTRA leaderships’ financial discipline, I, on the other hand, do not credit AFTRA’s current situation with any financial prowess on its leaders part, but rather, bailouts implemented without members feedback, and revenue derived from SAG.
And contrary, to Mr. Browde’s unwarranted claim, I do think SAG members should get services, but rather than through AFTRA, those services should be administered by SAG through the dictates of SAG’s Towers Perrin report, or another appropiate method under SAG’s auspices. (Towers/Perrin was in progress, until abruptly sidetracked by CEO Pisano’s grand CONsolidation scheme.)
I do find it interesting at the beginning of one paragraph Mr. Browde admits my information is correct and yet further down in the paragraph, he accuses me of disinformation without identifying what that disinformation might be.
You got to love his noble non sequitur about talent having no zip code! As if anyone had indicated that it did. However, jurisdiction does have a zip code, and if AFTRA doesn’t stay out of SAG’s territory, it could find itself left holding the bag while SAG ends up with all actors signed, sealed and delivered.
A.L. Miller SW Editor & Chief
And now De Prez!