SAG-AFTRA On-line Survey:

Diversity in Entertainment Employment: Member Survey

Through a grant from SAG – Producers Industry Advancement Cooperative Fund, all SAG-AFTRA members are being asked to take a survey about diversity issues in entertainment employment.

Diversity in Entertainment Employment: Your Experiences and Perspectives is completely confidential, fairly short and shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes to complete.

Click here to take survey!

Your union has long been an advocate for diversity issues in the workplace, and we regularly survey our membership to better inform our work as advocates on your behalf. This survey is for all members and asks questions about experiences and perspectives when related to issues of sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace. Previous surveys of our members have focused, for example, on issues related to performers with disabilities and performers who are seniors, women, Asian Pacific Islander, Latino and African American.

Go directly to our survey by clicking here. Please, only one entry per member.

For FAQs about the survey, click here: http://www.sagaftra.org/eeodiversity/membersurvey
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Arl
The Ol’ SAG Watchdog
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Posted: Thu., Dec. 13, 2012, 2:20pm PT

SAG-AFTRA, WGA Blasts Michigan legislation!

State’s governor signs “right to work” bills

SAG-AFTRA and the Writers Guild of America East have blasted legislation making
Michigan a “right to work” state.The unions issued the condemnations in the wake of Gov. Rick Snyder signing into law bills that ban mandatory union membership, making Michigan the nation’s 24th right-to-work state.The news laws prohibit requiring nonunion employees to pay unions for negotiating contracts, representing them in grievances and other services. Supporters assert that “right to work” laws promote job creation; opponents insist that the laws are aimed at cutting unions from the funds needed to bargain effectively.”This legislation does nothing but require that unions provide full representational services to people who refuse to pay their fair share of the cost,” SAG-AFTRA said. “It’s freeloading.”The WGA East noted that such a bill allows nonmembers to work under union contracts without paying dues for the union’s services.”The Writers Guild of America, East condemns this transparent effort to deprive organized labor of resources and to drive wages and benefits down, down, down,” the gulld said. “What the Michigan politicians did has nothing to do with ‘rights’ or ‘work.’ It has to do with weakening organized opposition. A power grab, pure and simple. Knocking the props from under unions will not improve the lives of anyone who works for a living.”The WGA East warned that people will be forced to work for lower wages and reduced (or nonexistent) benefits, without a voice on the job.”Income inequality will continue to expand, the rich will get even wealthier, and the rest of us will struggle harder and harder to make ends meet,” it added. “Or, at least, this will happen unless we reject the distorted fairy-tale rushed through by Michigan’s cynical politicos.”Hollywood-based SAG-AFTRA has about 165,000 members while New York-based WGA East has about 3,600 members. Members can file for “financial core” status, under which they resign their membership and withhold the dues spent by the union on political activities but can still work on union jobs.

SAG-AFTRA’s LM-2 filing with the Dept. of Labor included 2,076 “agency fee payers” as of July 31.

SAG-AFTRA strongly opposed California’s Proposition 32, which narrowly lost at the polls last month. The proposition — dubbed the “Paycheck Protection” initiative — was aimed at curbing the political influence of unions by the banning the orgs from donating funds to political candidates and campaigns.

Contact Dave McNary at dave.mcnary@variety.com

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*Photo by SAG Watchdog