In the guise of supporting a minority report SAG President Melissa Gilbert & AFTRA President John Connolly profess that
Well, The Ol’ Watchdog has the SMOKING GUN TO SHOOT DOWN THAT BIG FAT LIE!
During the 2003 Commercial Contract referendum, Pisano, Melissa, Connolly and their group thwarted any Minority Report by dictating that the JOINT BOARD POLICY would be applied!
They did this because at that time those on the SAG Board, who opposed the contract, had the TWENTY FIVE PERCENT disapproval rate necessary to trigger a Minority Report! However, they did NOT have the necessary numbers to achieve a TWENTY FIVE PERCENT threshold of the JOINT BOARD POLICY because of the overwhelming support of AFTRA Board members. Therefore, since those on the Joint SAG/AFTRA board were against a minority report 81% to 19% –NO Minority Report was sent out!
At that time, I requested from SAG’s General Counsel, David White, a copy of that JOINT BOARD POLICY! You know the one that Gilbert and Connolly NOW proclaim does not exist! Well, here is a photo copy of the fax that SAG’s General Counsel sent to me which includes both the Joint and SAG board National Policies.
Now, you tell me: If Melissa and Connolly really wanted a Minority Report why would they deny the existence of a Joint Board Policy that sets a threshold of TWENTY FIVE PERCENT in favor of one that requires FIFTY-ONE PERCENT! As dictated in their press release when they say:
Oh, by the way…
A SIMPLE MAJORITY IS FIFTY ONE PERCENT
Look, we can have HONEST DISAGREEMENTS with our leadership but we CANNOT TOLERATE DECEIT!
Presidents Gilbert and Connolly, unless you can explain to the membership of both our great unions the obvious discrepancy of your statement, and SAG’s General Counsel’s Fax–for the good our unions, it’s time for you to step down in favor of leadership both sides of this issue can TRUST to get us a fair agreement with the AMPTP.
Perhaps the release of false information to the membership and media about proposed minimums being 3/3/3 when they are only 2.25/3/3 can be explained away by BAD MATH–but your ploy to deceive the membership into believing you are in favor of a Minority Report while at the same time making it TWICE as difficult to achieve one can only be explained by BAD ETHICS!
A.L. Miller SW Editor & Chief
Formatting on the enclosed documents is SW’s.
Watchdog Prediction! One of a couple of things can happen. Now that Melissa and Connelly have raised the threshold for a Minority Report to 51%–it will be defeated by a slim margin, and Melissa and Connelly will Magnanimously convince the board to allow the minority to have a token 100 word report, much as they did with Extension!
Or, do to the truth coming-out about their deception on the Joint Board Policy, they will NOW be forced to actually agree to a LEGITIMATE MINORITY REPORT!
If they don’t have a legitimate Minority Report, the Ol’ Dog can assure you that someone will be going to the LABOR BOARD!
“A Compliant Union is a good union!” Lew Wasserman, Chairman MCA.