This is the official letter regarding the SAG run actor contract information meetings. Please note that it was posted by David White and John McGuire. They were brought in by one faction of the SAG National Board, in what is referred to as a “Coup”. Therefore, these meetings may or may not be presenting only the side of those that want the membership to vote “yes” on the contract.
Many working actor members, and SAG Board representatives, consider this actor’s Contract to be so potently bad; they are certain it’s acceptance will damage the acting profession. That is, if the membership approves it, in the upcoming SAG-membership-vote of whether-or-not-to-accept.
I will certainly be covering both sides of this SAG conflict over the AMPTP’s offer, during the next few weeks.
I’ll also be doing some actor contract explaining, and simplifying… Here, in the Hollywood Actor Prep Blog.
Dear Screen Actors Guild member,
As you know, the Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors voted April 19, 2009, to approve and recommend to members, new, two-year successor agreements to the 2005 Producer-Screen Actors Guild Codified Basic Agreement and 2005 Screen Actors Guild Television Agreement.
Ballots will be mailed to all eligible members on May 19, 2009. Ballots must be mailed in the return envelope provided and received at the Everett, WA, post office box no later than 5:00 p.m. (PDT) June 9, 2009. Ballots received after this deadline, or at a location other than the post office box, will not be counted.
We are holding member informational meetings so that you can hear about the tentative agreement and ask questions. Member informational meetings are scheduled for Hollywood and New York as follows and will be announced for Branch locations next week.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Renaissance Hollywood Hotel
1755 N. Highland Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90028
PARKING: No-host self parking at Hollywood & Highland – validation available at the Hollywood & Highland complex: $2 for 4 hours when you are validated in any shop, restaurant or theatre that is part of the mall. Guild not responsible for illegally parked vehicles.
Monday, June 1, 2009
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Directors Guild of America
110 West 57th Street (between 6th & 7th Aves.) New York, New York
Unfortunately, no guests will be allowed. Parents/guardians of younger performers under 18 years-old are welcome. PLEASE BRING YOUR SAG MEMBERSHIP CARD FOR ADMITTANCE (paid thru April 30, 2009). For more information call the National TV/Theatrical Contracts Hotline (323) 549-6665 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Member informational meetings are also planned for Branch locations across the country. More information on Branch member informational meetings will be available shortly.
Please plan to attend the member informational meeting in your area to get important facts regarding the tentative agreement. Screen Actors Guild negotiators, national board members and staff experts will be on hand to provide a thorough overview of the tentative agreement.
You can also find more information on the upcoming referendum, including details of the tentative agreement, by visiting the TV/Theatrical Contracts Center at www.sag.org or by emailing email@example.com.
We know how important this contract is to all Screen Actors Guild members. We urge you to stay informed by visiting www.sag.org often, attending the member informational meeting in your area and contacting us with questions and comments.
Watch for your ballot which is mailing May 19, 2009, and when you receive it, vote yes and return your ballot right away. Don’t delay, ballots must be received by June 9.
David P. White
Interim National Executive Director
John T. McGuire
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