Colorado 2014:03

The Official E-Newsletter of the Colorado Local
The Official E-Newsletter of the Colorado Local
March 2014

WHO YA GONNA CALL?  

Many of you have heard rumors saying Colorado no longer has a union presence in the state. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.
 
It’s true we no longer have a local executive or a physical office in downtown Denver. However, Colorado remains one of SAG-AFTRA’s 25 locals around the country, with an active local board and committed leadership that continues to work on organizing, education and industry outreach on behalf of our local membership.
 
The best news is that we continue to have all we need right at our fingertips. Just follow this link to a document that will make finding the answers and support you need as easy as picking up the phone or a click of your mouse. Everything from finding a list of franchised agents to answering contract questions to paying dues is at your disposal.
 
Please take the time to review the information now, so when you have a question or an issue arises, you know how to go about getting the assistance you need. You’ll know exactly who to call.
 
Enjoy the benefits of membership and take advantage of easy access to important union resources as you grow your knowledge of your union and how it is here to serve you, a member of the Colorado Local.

MANAGER CODE READY

SAG-AFTRA has finalized its Personal Manager Code of Ethics and Conduct, a voluntary agreement that is designed to promote honest and ethical relationships between the union’s members and the managers they choose to represent them.

As a sign of commitment to its burgeoning relationship with the personal management community, SAG-AFTRA’s Agency Relations Department is now known as the SAG-AFTRA Professional Representatives Department.

To learn more and view a copy of the Personal Manager Code of Ethics and Conduct, click here.

Letter from the President

Sheila Traister

Dear Colorado Local Members,

This is the first newsletter to go out since the new board was elected and there is much news to share!

It’s an incredible honor and privilege for me to be writing to you as the first elected SAG-AFTRA Colorado Local president. Having served on both the council and board of SAG and AFTRA for the past 20 years in this market, I’m very aware of the responsibilities I assume with this office.

I am excited to be working with the elected board, you — our members — and any and all individuals and organizations within the entertainment industry, toward the common goal of creating a viable market in our region. The Colorado Local also includes Wyoming and western Nebraska.

We have entered a new era where legacy gives way to a united future filled with promise, where anything is possible should we dare to look beyond what was to all that can be! This was never truer than now, as we head into the first major negotiations of our TV/Theatrical-Exhibit A Contracts since merger.

As active members, you have a direct say in what goes on in your union; you are the union. You have the ability to make a difference in the culture of this industry. Your voice matters and can help to shape the very environment you aspire to work in. 

I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to get involved with your local. Make an effort to attend meetings and events, join committees, meet other professionals with similar aspirations and learn how we can create a thriving entertainment community together.

At present, we are in the process of re-forming the following committees:

• Agency Relations 
• Diversity
• Government Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP)
• Organizing/Events
• SAG-AFTRA/AEA Relations

If you think you would like to serve your union membership as a local board or committee member, please contact colorado@sagaftra.org and let us know of your interest. We would love to have you as a contributing member on the team.

I hope you’ll take the time to read on, to learn more about the direction the local is headed. Whether you plan to stay in this local or move beyond our borders to distant shores, your knowledge of your union and how it is here to serve you can only benefit your career as a professional artist.

I’m dedicated to you — our membership — and I look forward to meeting you at auditions, on the set and at the various SAG-AFTRA-sponsored events and industry happenings about town. If you see me out and about and you don’t already know me, please take a moment to introduce yourself; I’m interested in hearing about what is important to you.

I stand with you, my feet firmly planted in the present and my gaze toward a future bright with possibility. It is in our power to build what we can dream … let’s do it together!

Sheila Ivy Traister
SAG-AFTRA Colorado Local President