Howard Update follows this article.
“I served on the National Board along side Esai and I know him to be a caring and dedicated person. I believe the SAG-AFTRA membership will be well served with Esai as our SAG-AFTRA National President. I also know that Jane is a strong leader, with a solid business sense. With her National Board and committee experience, Jane is an excellent choice for SAG-AFTRA Secretary/Treasurer. Please support both Esai and Jane.” ED HARRIS
“Each day, members are growing frustrated with the current state of affairs at SAG-AFTRA. The union is in a crisis and I believe I have the knowledge, experience and faith to help put SAG-AFTRA back on the right track.” ESAI MORALES
“SAG-AFTRA can no longer function with a deficit. Fresh and business savvy ideas are needed to help bring SAG-AFTRA back into the black.
I have those ideas.” JANE AUSTIN
Hi, I’m Esai Morales, candidate for SAG-AFTRA National President and I have a few questions for you.
1. Are you fed up with waiting up to 100 days to receive a residual check?
2. Are you puzzled by the fact our union has been operating with a multi-million dollar deficit since 2010?
3. Do stunt performers and background actors deserve their own SAG-AFTRA departments?
4. Are you wondering why, with the increasing amount of low budget films being produced, our pay-rate has remained flat?
5. Are you still having a tough time qualifying for health insurance?
6. If you do background work, are you suspicious and frustrated with the questionable behavior of some call-in services?
7. Do you believe there should be a dedicated seat for Background Performers on SAG-AFTRA’s National Board?
If you answered “YES” to any one of these questions, you are not alone.
Here are OUR answers:
1. Immediately hire part-time employees in the residual department to expedite the processing and mailing of checks to members within 35 days. At the same time, we’ll investigate looking into long-term solutions.
2. Hire an independent accounting specialist to re-evaluate SAG-AFTRA’s finances, resources and expenditures.
3. Return the Stunt & Safety and Background departments to separate departments.
4. Increase the minimum pay-rate in SAG-AFTRA Low Budget Contracts.
5. Create a SAG-AFTRA P&H committee to explore realistic options to help members qualify for health insurance and pension credits and take those findings to the plans’ trustees.
6. Call for a thorough investigation, involving the city attorney’s office if necessary, regarding the questionable policies of some call-in services.
7. With support from the elected delegates in convention, a National Board seat for Background Performers will be achieved.
Say “YES” to positive change. Say “YES” to securing a brighter future. Say “YES” to new leadership for SAG-AFTRA.
Say “YES” by voting for Jane Austin for SAG-AFTRA Secretary/Treasurer, the Membership1st Slate of Candidates and me for SAG-AFTRA National President.
With your support WE can make positive changes and put this union back on track.
For more information about OUR plan for a stronger, more transparent and responsive SAG-AFTRA, please visit, www.membership1st.org.
Vote Esai Morales for SAG-AFTRA National President
Vote Jane Austin for SAG-AFTRA Secretary/Treasurer
And the entire Membership1st Slate as listed on your ballot and below:
# 01 John Tremaine
# 07 David Jolliffe
# 11 Scott Pierce
# 14 Patricia Richardson
# 15 Robin Riker
# 34 Jane Austin
# 35 Jeff Austin
# 36 Michael Bell
# 37 Richard Bridge
# 42 Joanna Cassidy
# 48 George Coe
# 56 Joe d’Angerio
# 67 Sumi Haru
# 73 David Jolliffe
# 75 Mobin Khan
# 86 Esai Morales
# 88 Paul Napier
# 95 Scott Pierce
# 97 Patricia Richardson
# 98 Robin Riker
# 101 Martin Sheen
# 113 Jane Austin
# 114 Jeff Austin
# 116 Michael Bell
# 122 Joanna Cassidy
# 123 George Coe
# 128 Joe d’Angerio
# 138 Sumi Haru
# 142 David Jolliffe
# 144 Mobin Khan
# 150 Esai Morales
# 151 Paul Napier
# 156 Ron Ostrow
# 158 Gladys Peters
# 159 Scott Pierce
# 165 Patricia Richardson
# 166 Robin Riker
# 170 Alan Ruck
# 181 Amber Sharae’
# 182 Dave Shearer
# 183 Halcyon Shearer
# 184 Martin Sheen
# 188 John Solari
# 197 Sean Tomazin
# 199 John Tremaine
# 212 Millie Wright
# 213 Dell Yount
# 215 Christine Ames
# 218 Renee Aubry
# 219 Jeff Austin
# 223 Michael Bell
# 230 Richard Bridge
# 237 Jennifer H Caldwell
# 244 Joanna Cassidy
# 252 George Coe
# 261 Joe d’Angerio
# 263 Joan Del Ma
# 264 Anthony DeSantis
# 272 Carole Elliott
# 290 Richard Hadfield
# 292 Linda Harcharic
# 295 Samantha Hartson
# 296 Sumi Haru
# 298 Jack E. Herman
# 306 Anne-Marie Johnson
# 308 David Jolliffe
# 310 Larry Joshua
# 311 Mobin Khan
# 315 Peter Kwong
# 334 Esai Morales
# 338 Paul Napier
# 360 Pete Antico
BALLOTS MUST BE RETURNED BY AUGUST 15TH
NOT PAID WITH SAG-AFTRA FUNDS
Ken or Roberta, upon submission, I will post info similar in scope here on the Ol’ Dog! What a Guy? Girls!
The Ol’ SAG Watchdog
Octavia Spencer, Ron Perlman Endorse Ken Howard’s SAG-AFTRA Faction
July 18, 2013 | 06:25PM PT
Ballots due August 15
The SAG-AFTRA election campaign has heated up, with Octavia Spencer and Ron Perlman endorsing co-president Ken Howard’s Unite For Strength slate in the union’s first election.
Ballots for the election went out Tuesday to the 160,000 members of the performers union and must be returned by Aug. 15. The self-styled moderates of the Los Angeles-based UFS faction have dominated elections in recent years, pushing for last year’s successful merger of SAG and AFTRA.
UFS has fielded a slate of 52 candidates, while the revitalized Membership First faction has 16 candidates running, led by Esai Morales challenging Howard for president.
“UFS is about one thing: building strength to protect performers,” Spencer said. “They’ve proven it and they will keep on doing it.”
“Unite for Strength’s record of success proves that no one will fight harder or smarter to protect SAG-AFTRA members,” Perlman said. “With our TV/Theatrical negotiations ahead, it’s crucial to elect leaders who will deliver real results – that’s Unite for Strength.”
UFS also has endorsements from Holland Taylor, Clark Gregg, Adam Arkin, Jon Cryer and Lily Tomlin.
The group’s candidates include current secretary-treasurer Amy Aquino for the same slot and Clyde Kusatsu for Los Angeles local president. Notable UFS candidates include Tony Shalhoub, Gabrielle Carteris, Jeff Garlin, Patrika Darbo, Lisa Vidal, Hal Eisner, Jason George, Stephen Collins and Iqbal Theba.
Other candidates include Bobbie Bates, Susan Boyd Joyce, L. Scott Caldwell, Assaf Cohen, Mimi Cozzens, Ellen Crawford Patrick Fabian, Jon Huertas, Kate Linder, Allen Lulu, D. W. Moffett, Marisol Nichols, Jenny O’Hara, Conrad E. Palmisano, Robert Pine, Woody Schultz and Marcia Wallace.
“This election won’t just choose SAG-AFTRA’s leaders for the next two years, it will set our direction for years to come,” Howard said.
Howard revealed last month that SAG-AFTRA leaders plan to begin contract negotiations next year on a successor deal to its feature-primetime contract. No date has been set for the start of negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers for the successor to the current master contract, which expires June 30.
But several insiders have said privately that they are expecting the union to hold its “wages and working conditions” meetings in February. Those meetings are required for the union to formulate its proposals for the negotiations.