SAG membership are still being kept in the dark by their union’s national leadership even though the SAG-AFTRA joint bargaining for their TV/Theatrical Contract with the studios’ and networks’ AMPTP is well underway:
Los Angeles, (October 24, 2010) – Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors met in a regularly scheduled, two-day plenary October 23 and 24, in the James Cagney Boardroom at SAG headquarters in Los Angeles.
The board voted to establish the Screen Actors Guild portion of the Joint Industrial and Education Contract Negotiating Committee. As a matter of long standing policy, SAG does not publicly identify the members of its negotiating committees. The Wages and Working Conditions (W&W) process on this contract is set to begin in late February 2011.
In other business, the national board received updates from executives and staff including:
· National Secretary-Treasurer Amy Aquino delivered a report on the Guild’s first quarter financial results noting that SAG’s revenue and expenses are within expected ranges for fiscal year 2011. Aquino also recommended expansion of the Guild’s ongoing, successful initiative to streamline Guild operations in every area in order to realize maximum fiscal value from member dues dollars.
· National Executive Director David White reported on the strategic planning efforts underway at the Guild and updated the board on the progress of several member service programs and process enhancement initiatives including the installation of automated technology in the residuals processing department, new, video-based contracts training and member education and informational tools.
· White also briefed the board on SAG’s government relations and policy activities and participation in industry coalition efforts, particularly in the area of digital content theft. White updated the board on SAG’s ongoing organizing program including recent campaigns in the Northwest and Midwest.
In other routine actions, the board appointed chairs to its various national committees and task forces and received a brief report on the Presidents’ Forum for One Union meeting of October 21.