Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists are pleased to announce the beginning of the Joint Wages & Working Conditions (W&W) process in preparation for negotiation of the Commercials Contracts that were extended from October 31, 2008 to March 31, 2009. It is only through the involvement of members that proposals for this vital negotiation are developed. There are four ways to make your voice heard:
Join your fellow members to discuss what really matters! Open to all paid-up SAG and AFTRA members, the caucuses are free-form sessions where you can express any issue you feel should be addressed in the upcoming negotiations. Input from the caucuses directly effects the proposals formed by the Joint Wages & Working Conditions Committees.
These formal meetings use the information and ideas gathered from the caucuses to create proposals for the 2009 contract negotiations. Note: Upcoming dates for Caucuses and W&W meetings in Hollywood and New York will be emailed soon. Regional Branch and Local members should contact your local branch staff and visit the SAG or AFTRA websites for local dates and times.
Can’t make it to a caucus or committee meeting? You can still play an active part by emailing your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com. All proposal recommendations will be reviewed by the Joint Wages & Working Conditions Committee.
Boxes will be placed in the SAG committee office at 5757 Wilshire Blvd (1st Fl.) in L.A. and 360 Madison Ave. (12th FL.) in N.Y and at the AFTRA Offices located at 5757 Wilshire Blvd (9th floor) and 260 Madison Avenue (7th floor) in New York. Feel free to drop-in your contract-related thoughts and concerns. Please note that the last day for suggestions is Friday December 5, 2008. SAG and AFTRA MEMBERS - Don’t forget to vote on November 4th. Let your union voices be heard.