According to an email the Ol’ Watchdog received from a reliable source, out of the 132, 000 eligible SAG-AFTRA voters only 12 to 13 percent bothered to vote to ratify their negotiated Network Television Code contract! Yikes! No wonder the current USAN/UFS leadership conveniently failed to mention in their report to the membership the amount of the voter turnout.
In relationship to this information I found this article from Variety’s Dave McNary particularly revealing.
“Ken Howard Seeks More Activism from SAG-AFTRA Members.
The effort could represent a shift toward more activism, three years after Howard and his allies successfully convinced members to vote for a merger of SAG and AFTRA amid heated opposition. Those moderates have dominated elections for the past five years and only a few self-styled progressives of the Membership First faction remain on the 80-member board.
Backers of the merger insisted that the combination of unions would translate to more clout at the bargaining table. During last year’s negotiations, those leaders kept a low profile on the substance of negotiations with no effort to mobilize members in support of their positions, then reached a deal for a new master contract on film and primetime TV with terms largely mirroring those in deals for the Directors Guild and Writers Guild.
“I am pleased to be looking ahead and forging a new partnership among our union, membership and other communities.,” Howard said. “Together, we will advance relevant new initiatives that engage members while adding to our core strengths.”
During Saturday’s videoconference meeting in Los Angeles and New York, the board appointed Howard, exec VP Gabrielle Carteris, Broadcasters VP Catherine Brown and national board members Rebecca Damon and Ellen Crawford. Alternates chosen were VP Recording Artists Dan Navarro, New York board member Jamal Story and national board member Abby Dylan.
Secretary-Treasurer Amy Aquino and CFO Arianna Ozzanto also reported Saturday that expected revenue and expenses are tracking closely to budget.
The board also voted to forgo the automatic 2% increase in the union’s $3,000 initiation fee provided for in the 2012 merger agreement. The fee would have gone to $3,060.”
But, but. but….there’s no relationship between the two stories right? Look the way things are going, we won’t have to bother with On line voting, we can get by with In line voting!
The Ol’ SAG Watchdog