Here are the numbers from the AFTRA Election for everything, but the delegates race! Hope to have them soon.
You can see that the aftraleadershipteam did well when they ran unopposed. (Notice AFTRA Hollywood President Ron Morgan failed to make the National Board!)
However, when they faced opposition, it was a much different story. In the local board election, only a handful of votes separated the nine AFTRA Leadership Team candidates that were elected from the three AFTRA Artists candidates that were not.
How different had it might have been say, if AFTRA Artist candidate Steven Barr’s picture had of been featured on the AFTRA website during the election, rather than AFTRA Leadership’s Lori Alan–whose photo was featured twice in two different locations. Or might of AFTRA Artist’s candidate Carole Elliott finished 3rd if her photo had been featured on the website, rather than AFTRA Leadership Team candidate Bill Ratner.
Look, the Ol’ Dog ain’t blaming Lori or Bill, but still someone at AFTRA made a deliberate decision to feature several AFTRA leadership team candidates, while completely ignoring those candidates from the AFTRA Artist slate.
Might not have AFTRA Artist Paul Napier done better in his bid for a National Board seat, he missed by 11 votes finishing 14th, if his photo had been featured on the AFTRA Website, instead of Jason George who finished 15th last year– and first this year? Might not that free exposure during an election helped him a tad?
What might have been the outcome of this election, if AFTRA’s, National Director of Communications, John Hinrichs had not interjected himself into this election, in what appears to be a violation of Title IV of the Labor Disclosure Act, by refuting the AFTRA Artist’s claim that AFTRA was undercutting SAG Contracts? And how would AFTRA’s membership have of responded, if they had actually been able to see those contracts, to decide for themselves if Mr. Hinrichs was being forthright in his claim favoring the AFTRA Leadership Team?
The results of this election have posed more questions than it has supplied answers. For instance, what effect did the failure of the AFTRA Ballot to warn members not to vote for more than 13 candidates for the National Board have on this election? We still have not been informed how many over-votes there were.
In that regard, the irony is that when only ONE candidate was running, they warned members NOT to vote for more than ONE candidatehowever in the hotly contested National Board Seat election they failed to warn them not to vote for more than THIRTEEN! (Was this omission by design, or simply the result of incompetence?)
How would this election have turned out, if it had been run correctly without all the blunders, and apparent violations of labor law?
I guess the only way to find out would be to do the whole thing again.
This time with NO candidate photos on the AFTRA website, NO comments from AFTRA spokespersons’ favoring one side over the other, a ballot that correctly informs members of how many candidates they can vote for–and a release of all AFTRA Basic Cable contracts–so that the AFTRA Membership can make up their minds on who was telling the truth when it comes to whether AFTRA is UNDERCUTTING SAG contracts, or not.
But, but then that will never happen. Ah, right?
A.L. Miller SW Editor & Chief
The real irony here is that TWO DAYS after the election, you have to go to the Ol’ Watchdog to find out how this election turned out. I just checked the AFTRA Website, and not only no vote count but, but NO indication that this election ever even happened.
What are they hiding? I mean besides their Basic Cable Contracts.
* On the LA Director Sportscaster their were no candidates, but, I understand their were several write ins for one candidate, for whom, their seems to be no mention. Is their a mandated number of votes a candidate must receive to be elected? Or could it be that he might favor the AFTRA Artist Slate? Hmmm…