I received the following Important email message from LA UNION V.O. ACTORS:
July 11 at 8:06 AM
Good morning, Union brothers and sisters. I was at the meeting at HQ last night and have some thoughts:
1.Many did not get postcards with their pin and some did not know they could just go to the IVS ballot link to request it. PLEASE read the pinned post Bob Bergen put up and just click on it
2.The language on the SAG-AFTRA website says that eligible members can vote for this strike authorization. NOT TRUE. Full disclosure: I have worked VO contracts-but not THIS contract or any animation contract (yet!) and I went to the link, put in my membership number, got my pin and it ALLOWED ME TO VOTE. ALL SAG-AFTRA MEMBERS CAN VOTE ON THIS STRIKE AUTHORIZATION.
3. RELATED TO #2. WE NEED TO LET ALL UNION MEMBERS KNOW ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT THESE NEGOTIATIONS ARE! Sorry to be so emphatic but I could NOT stop my wheels turning last night about this one. Some things you will hear from Union brothers and sisters:
“Well I don’t do VO or animation so this contract doesn’t effect me.”
It will effect EVERYONE in our union because, as I have learned from these meetings, the ‘other side’ was using terms in the live action streaming contracts and agreements to create terms in this animated one. I am a SAG-AFTRA actor but also a singer and I KNOW many here are too and MANY of you have worked on Disney networks and DISNEY WILL BE LAUNCHING their own streaming platforms. When/if that time comes for the singers to re-negotiate, you have to consider what the results of this contract negotiation is going to have in impacting what these producers are expecting to offer/not offer and NOT OFFERING SCALE IS NOT AN OPTION.
If you know commercial actors or are one yourself, we know the damage being done with runaway n/u commercials, in this instance we as a COMPLETELY UNIFED body have an amazing opportunity here to use that ONE THING THAT MAKES US POWERFUL-unity-to get this done because…
3.VO actors are not ‘less than’ live action. I heard this sentiment and frustration last night and I know there were many in the room that still work on live action contracts. I know the comments were aimed at the producers and companies looking at VO this way, BUT as I work various contracts in this union as an on camera actor/commercial/singer/VO…there are facets within our family and I’ve been to those meetings where singers are frustrated that they aren’t seen as important as VO or live action and it really disturbs me to see that kind of ‘faction’ thinking. Let me try to give some perspective:
-Like I said, we have an amazing union Singer community and many contractors and get their own work and many work on these Disney shows. Has anyone in the union reached out to them to tap that resource?
-I took a motion capture workshop earlier in the year because many who work in interactive/video games have this skill and as an actor and VO talent I want to understand it better. There were Union stunt people and dancers taking these workshops and many were asking me a lot of questions about voice over. Has the union tapped this resource?
I am spreading the work to EVERY community within our SAG-AFTRA community to Vote on this. WE ARE THE UNION.
Thanks for listening.
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