You all remember the Vulich lawsuit. A suit most fowl that was born out of spite, vengeance, intimidation and blame setting.
It all started after the crushing defeat of CEO Bob Pisano’s brainchild “AIMA” Consolidation attempt — which was supported and championed by President Melissa Gilbert, Paul Christie and the rest of the Restore Respect/USAN bunch.
Prior to the AIMA referendum, SAG’s Restore Respect/USAN leadership spent millions of members’ dues dollars bombarding them with their Less Dues/More Muscle propaganda Blitz, while Membership First opposed the consolidation attempt using $80,000 of their own money.
Well, the propaganda blitz bombed, AIMA was defeated and Bob, Melissa, Big John and the rest of the gang pushing it were not happy campers.
Following their crushing defeat, the Restore Respect/USAN dominated board passed a motion in an attempt to place the blame for the referendums failure on others. They managed to get the motion passed by misrepresenting the facts concerning six anonymous emails sent out during the referendum.
It was stated by a board member from Atlanta that the emails violated the laws of the United States. It was only later that SAG General Counsel, David White, informed the leadership that the emails were not against the laws of the United States.
By this time, however, it was too late. The Restore Respect/USAN board members had their motion–and they were set on vengeance and face saving. With CEO Bob urging them on, they filed a lawsuit against John Vulich, a makeup man who had helped a Membership First supporter anonymously forward emails opposing the consolidation attempt.
The reason given to the media for the suit was that Vulich had violated labor law, in that he was an employer interfering in a referendum.
But this was not part of the suit, which after fraud and libel charges were dismissed, amounted to little more than a nuisance suit: A suit that has dragged on for more than two years at great cost to SAG members.
How great a cost?
Well, according to a report given to the board at a recent plenary, SAG spent almost a HALF-MILLION dollars
So what did our membership receive for all that money? An apology that they requested! NO!
Did they receive any money in damages? NO!
This ill-advised lawsuit was described to the board as a WASH!
Since, you and I just put out a half-million bucks with no return for our money, I’d say a better description of the suit would be a LOSS!
Will, Mr. Vulich sue SAG? And how much more might this cost us? Your guess is as good as mine. In the mean time, on this Thanksgiving, perhaps CEO Bob, Melissa, Mike, Jamie, Paul and the rest of the gang responsible for this very expensive debacle might start passing around the Ol’ Buckled Hats and Bonnets.
A.l. Miller SW Editor & Chief
Happy Thanksgiving! All things said, the Ol’ Dog, a proud SAG member, has a lot to be thankful for. And on this Thanksgiving, is giving thanks to our forefathers who made it all possible.
Seated left to right: Alan Mowbray, Lucile Webster Gleason, Boris Karloff, Ralph Morgan & Noel Madison.
Standing, 2nd row, left to right: Kenneth Thomson, James Gleason, Richard W. Tucker, Clay Clement, Alden Gay Thomson, Bradley Page, Morgan Wallace & Arthur Vinton.
Back row: Ivan Simpson, Claude King. Undated photo, circa mid-1930’s.