SAG has sent out this announcement about the joint Screen Actors Guild/AFTRA Commercials Contracts ballot and member informational meetings notice”

Dear Member:

As you know, your Joint SAG/AFTRA National Board of Directors and Joint SAG/AFTRA Commercials Negotiating Committee voted unanimously to approve and recommend your YES vote, on the terms of new three-year successor agreements to the 2006 SAG Television Commercials Contract and the 2006 AFTRA Television and Radio Commercials Contracts.

Your 2009-2012 Screen Actors Guild Television Commercials Contracts and AFTRA Television and Radio Commercials Contracts Referendum Summary and Ballot is on its way to you in the mail today.

Look for your summary and ballot to arrive in your mailbox in the next few days, read all of the materials carefully, vote YES to approve your new commercials contracts, and mail your ballot before the deadline. Your ballot must be received via U.S. Mail at the Everett, WA, Post Office Box by 5:00 P.M. (PDT) Thursday, May 21, 2009.

Please remember:

· Ballots must be mailed in the postage-paid return envelope included with the ballot materials.

· Ballots cannot be mailed or delivered to SAG or AFTRA offices. Ballots that are not received at the Everett, WA, Post Office Box by 5:00 p.m. (PDT) on Thursday, May 21, will not be counted.

· Please be sure to read the voting instructions carefully before casting your vote.

Click here to view the referendum materials online and learn more about the new agreements.

To help you learn more about the new contracts and to provide you with an opportunity to ask questions, your unions are hosting Commercials Contracts Informational Meetings at SAG Branches and AFTRA Locals around the country.

Click here to find details about informational meetings in the following areas: Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Twin Cities, Washington/Baltimore.