Well, it’s election time again, and Melissa, Bob and gang are hitting the campaign trail on your dime to Atlanta—in what is being billed as an AFTRA/SAG Membership Meeting! Yeah, right! Can anyone doubt that this will be little more than a rally, for AFTRA/ SAG Merger! A merger which Melissa and her Restore Respect pals champion.
Hmmm, I wonder if Melissa will be able to resist reading the SAG boards preemptive political-motion bashing Membership First? If not, I’m sure she and her pals will frighten them with their propaganda warning that if they want to keep branch offices open–they had better back Melissa and her slate in the upcoming motion.
Look, Miss Melissa, Bob, Greg, and Roberta, all realize that if they are going to further their agendas, they are going to have to do it with the branches! Their influence and power has eroded in Hollywood. AFTRA controls the branches! For the most part it’s their staff that dominates the branches! Their staff that services both AFTRA/SAG members. Their staff has the ear of the membership! Oh, yeah, SAG foots a lot of the expense, but staff owes its allegiance to their AFTRA employers! And Bob and Melissa control them by dangling the carrot of merger/consolidation before their financially challenged union.
It is this symbiotic relationship that promotes this politically expedient relationship. Greg, Roberta and AFTRA are counting on SAG to pull them out of their financial quagmire with Consolidation! CEO Bob Pisano hopes to become the czar of his own envisioned Alliance of International Media Artists, and Melissathe gal that never once showed up during the six month strike of 2000what does she get out of this? Hmmm, well now that she has a position of power, no one calls her Half-Pint anymore.well, practically no one!
When you read this Atlanta flier, see if it doesn’t remind you of Restore Respect’s invitation to spend the night “Under the Stars” and “Be a Star” flier— sponsered by the bogus Screen Actors Guild Young Professionals… (SW posted that little piece of handy work in an earlier article)
If you live in Atlanta, and you don’t have time to attend the meeting to win some of those fabulous door prizes* and have all those important questions answered. The Ol’ Watchdog can’t help you with the briberies, but we can answer some of those questions with a couple of words and a couple of pictures.
How did we get where we are?
What are the problems?
How can we fix the problems? GET RID OF
A.L Miller SW Editor & Chief
*Can these people hold a rally without offering to make you a star or bribing you to attend! Notice I said Rally. Those of us who attended a Hollywood MEMBERSHIP meeting know that for a MEETING— they wouldn’t even spring for a lousy bottle of water!
Oh, and if you have any doubt who calls the shots in the branches, you’ll notice that in every mention of the meeting identifies it as an AFTRA/SAG MEETING