I knew it was in my mailbox when I noticed my mailman wearing his protective gloves. I shook my head as he took off his gloves and prepared to leave.
“Another one, huh?” I asked.
He took out his handkerchief and wiped his hands vigorously.
With that I asked, “Why are you doing that? You were wearing gloves?”
“Can’t be too careful!” He responded. “Those Morgan Mailers are toxic, man! Phew! And they stink! Man are you sure that’s just mud?
“Dude, I hope so!” I replied, as I headed back up stairs to get a pair of protective gloves and gear.”
Once I got the Mudslinging Mailer upstairs, I ran it through the Watchdog DeBunkalater DeStunkalater, TWICE!
Here are five quotes from the Mudslinging Mamas’ Mailer! Warning don’t get too close to the Ol’ Computer! And remember to flush your computer TWICE after reading each quote!
Okay, let’s see if we can’t flush the facts out of that one! Yes, Membership First controls the Hollywood board! That’s because, Restore Respect lost 34 out of the 35 available board seats in the last election. It is also why they NOW call themselves Campaign For Unity. (Same Crap! Different Crappers!) And as usual they fail to come clean with the facts. As I said, Membership First controls the Hollywood Board, and many National Committees! Unfortunately, Melissa Gilbert and Restore Respect/Campaign For Unity/USAN have controlled the National Board for the last four years! And the National Board is the ruling force! So, a more appropriate question would be what have they done for you, except spend more than FOUR MILLION OF YOUR DUES DOLLARS on failed referendums, settled for the worst contracts in SAG’s history, tried to take away your vote with their failed qualified voting amendment, and used the SAG Magazine, vicious flyers and trade papers to call those who disagree with them everything from Craven/Misanthropes to Underemployed and uneducated Hollywood Extremist!
More crap from the Crappers! The fact is that Mermbership First has stood up for a better deal on every contract; including better residuals, higher minimums, (Our last TV/Theatrical contract had the lowest minimums in recent memory!) They have stood up proclaiming NO rollbacks in residuals (The RR/CFU Compliant Ones gave them back for the first time in SAG History), and NO waivers of your rights to big companies like Hasbro! Yes Membership First STOOD UP for you, but were overruled by the Restore Respect/Campaign For Unity/USAN controlled go-along-to-get-along board that SAT silently–and accepted a deal that with NO increase in DVDs! As to the Animation deal, Membership First said absolutely NOand guess what, the producers BACKED DOWN and thanks to MEMBERSHIP FIRST & OTHER STAND UP VOICE ACTORS–THEY GOT A BETTER DEAL–ONE THAT EVERYONE COULD SAY “YES” TOO–and one that was better than than the TV/Theatrical agreement! — accepted by the compliant ones. As to that Interactive Deal, all five members of SAG’s bi-partisan committee, only one of which was a Membership First Supporter, rejected that! (By the way, one of those committee members was so disgusted by the betrayal of the Restore Respect leadership that he dropped his affiliation with them–and joined Membership First’s slate of candidates!)
The Mudslingers pooh-pooh anyone who disagrees with them– labeling them as Dissidents. In the case of the agency franchise agreement; yes Membership First voted NO to it, as did an Overwhelming majority of SAG members! Of course, everyone that voted against it is now THEY to THEM! And of course, it is the Compliant Ones that have striped away members protection by failing to enforce SAG’S Constitutional Rules! The fact is that they haven’t offered union protection! But they have offered members who come to them for protection, advice: “GET A LAWYER!”
Get out another roll of Charmin for that one! Morgan and her Mudslingers voted to spend FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS for a catered party for one of her Branch Board member buddies– and then has the gall to make that statement! Oh, by the way that Holiday party she is bemoaning cost LESS than 1000 D0LLARS! It was the recent Labor Day picnic in which several hundred members brought their own food and received soft drinks. Oh, by the way, another thing Morgan doesn’t mentionSHE VOTED FOR THE LABOR DAY PARTY THAT SHE NOW ATTACKS! Morgan is definitely on a roll with her distortions and half-truths! Which reminds me, “MORE CHARMIN!” As to that “highly paid executive” that Membership First wants to hire–he/she would fill a void in divisional executive directors. New York has New York Division Executive Director Jae Je Simmons. The Branch Division Director is Hollis Batchelor! They look out for the interests of NY and the branches. Well, Membership First believes that Hollywood deserves its own Division Executive Director TO PROTECT ITS INTEREST. Morgan Fairchild disagrees! But then she did announce in that USAN flyer that the Ol’ Dog posted, THAT SHE WOULD KEEP NEW YORK’S INTEREST, FRONT AND CENTER!
Beyond the fact that Membership First never threatened to fire SAG’s NEDthey were in fact the ones that wanted to let the search committee find the best possible applicant. It was the Ruling Restore Respect/Campaign For Unity who bypassed that traditional process and instead voted to hire Pisano’s handpicked replacement AFTRA’s NED Greg Hessinger. As to the hundreds of thousands of dollars it would cost to terminate Mr. Hessinger, I doubt that an envelope with a piece of paper saying YOU’RE FIRED would cost our membership hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees. On the other hand considering our bungling legal staff’s penchant for uselessly, blowing hundreds of thousands of the Membership’s money on bogus lawsuits, the Compliant Ones could be right on that one.
A.L. Miller SW Editor & Chief
PS, I heard back from SAG on my open email to Michelle Bennett concerning a possible Coverup of Campaign For Unity/USAN election violations. And by popular demand, Morgan’s Hot disco Video is now easier to download and view courtesy of our kindly web master who has also added a few other goodies to the Ol’ Dog’s web site.