Melissa Gilbert and her slate of candidates have announced, only weeks after the failure of their INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE, that they want to do it again so as “to end jurisdictional squabbles! Such as who will represent actors in the growing area of digital productions–where AFTRA has been more aggressive!” Hey, instead of another costly attempt at consolidation with all of its unresolved problems, how about AFTRA just honoring a motion passed by both unions in 1999? The motion was passed at the AFTRA Convention in 1999 in San Francisco. It is Convention Resolution 99-CVR-17R. It was affirmed at the NEXT meeting of the S.A.G. Board. It is the policy of both unions. Take a look!

RE: CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

“WHEREAS, actors and other performers will continue to be employed in both AFTRA and S.A.G. jurisdiction: and WHEREAS, differences may exist in wages and working conditions between contracts;

BE IT RESOLVED that the unions make every effort to coordinate with each other to compare and understand the provisions existing in each others’ major contracts that may benefit performers; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the unions seek to bargain provisions THAT BENEFIT PERFORMERS and, in their totality, raise terms and conditions for
work under those contracts; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be effective upon its adoption by the Screen Actors Guild.”

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If AFTRA would honor the above motion, we wouldn’t have any jurisdictional squabbles! The determining factor would be which contract would benefit performers, raise terms and conditions for work under those contracts. The AFTRA rate for a guest star on a non-network half-hour show is $2,044. On a SAG contract, it’s $4,430 dollars. Now, does AFTRA really think they are benefiting performers by their digital power grab that has resulted in SAG members getting less than half their daily rate? Or is it rather an ongoing shrewd move to try and convince actors of the necessity of another shot at consolidation?

Let’s face it folks, if AFTRA really cared about actors, There would be no need to spend millions more of your dollars on another failed consolidation attempt!!

We don’t need CONSOLIDATION. We need COOPERATION!