Hawaii 2012:03

The Official E-Newsletter of the Hawaii Branch
The Official E-Newsletter of the Hawaii Branch
March 2012

SAG-AFTRA

WOMEN'S COMMITTEE REPORT

By Pam Dakota Larson
Chair
 
The SAG Women's National Committee teleconference call was held in January. Moderator Ellen Wacher assisted in the discussion of the committee's goals for the upcoming fiscal year. It was determined that all Branches be united in one cause rather than each Branch trying to do individual projects, i.e. the Ladies Day.
 
Sylvia Kauders volunteered to work on a mission statement regarding an initiative to bring awareness to writers, directors and casting about creating more roles for women over 50. There was discussion about the fact that there are more than 78 million baby boomers across the country and this age range is undervalued and underutilized in the industry. Further, baby boomers want to see their demographic portrayed on TV and film. We need a movement to bring awareness, action and habit in writing more TV and film roles for this age group. Women are often awarded for performances in major roles, and it’s important to bring attention to the “old Hollywood” ways of writing, etc.

The committee is considering requests of high profile women performers to be the “face” for this movement. In addition, they are researching the possibility of promoting the movement on the OWN network. The committee is also working on developing a Women Over 50 Film Festival in 2012 or 2013, with categories in film, documentary and commercials. I was asked to come up with a logo and I submitted my design ideas to the coordinator of Affirmative Action and Diversity in the New York Division for consideration. The committee’s ultimate goal is to bring the festival to OWN to achieve our goals for women in the industry.

CONSERVATORY REPORT

By Scott Rogers
Chair

We had a busy year in the SAG Conservatory in 2011. There were eight workshops with 140 members attending. Please note the new rate for workshops and classes is $15 each.

Also, I was elected to co-chair of the National Conservatory Committee. I look forward to working with the national committee towards instituting more training opportunities for the regional Branches. Let's focus on training NOW so we are ready when opportunity knocks!

MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS BENEFITS

Screen Actors Guild members and SAG-franchised agents who may be in the market for extra protection for their families are now eligible to receive the lowest rates Aflac offers on various supplemental insurance options — just one of many benefits SAG members enjoy.

Unlike health insurance, Aflac pays cash benefits when a triggering health event occurs, which can help with things major medical insurance doesn’t pay, like mortgage payments, rent, groceries, car payments or other bills and expenses. Aflac will pay cash benefits regardless of any other insurance coverage, and is available to all SAG members and franchised agents, regardless of qualification for other insurance programs. Call Aflac’s toll-free line at (800) 788-4031 for more information.

You can find plenty of other moneysaving deals and special offers at SAG.org. Log on and check out the Deals and Discounts tab to learn more.

The Guild does not endorse any particular insurance agency, carrier, coverage, plan or product. You should review the terms of all coverage carefully and evaluate each carrier using your independent judgment.

IMPORTANT: WE DON'T WANT TO LOSE TRACK OF YOU

Keep us up to date with your current contact information. If your email address is not listed with the Hawaii Branch, you are not getting the latest news on productions, conservatory workshops and what’s going on. If you have changed your email address, please send us your new one so we can keep you informed.

IMPORTANT SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

Shape the future of your union: Learn more about the proposed merger of SAG and AFTRA. Featuring special guests David Hartley-Margolin, SAG 3rd national vice president and Susan Boyd-Joyce, AFTRA National Board member.

All paid-up SAG and AFTRA members in good standing are urged to attend an important educational and informational meeting in Honolulu to learn the facts and impact of the merger.
 
On January 27 and 28, the national boards of AFTRA and SAG overwhelmingly approved the merger agreement to form one union. Now the decision is in your hands. Ballots will be mailed on February 27 to all eligible AFTRA and SAG members to vote on this historic change for your union. Learn the facts, so that you can cast an informed vote.
 
What: SAG and AFTRA informational meeting to discuss the terms of the proposed SAG-AFTRA new union. 
When: 4-6 p.m., Sunday, March 4, 2012
Where: Studio 909, Musicians Union Building, 949 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu, Hawaii

Please RSVP to Brenda Ching at bching@sag.org or call (808) 596-0388, press 1# and leave a message. There will be time for Q&A, so please bring your questions. Informational materials contained in the referendum packet are also available at SAGAFTRA.org.
 
The meeting is only open to paid-up SAG and AFTRA members in good standing. Unfortunately, no guests allowed. Parents/guardians of younger performers under 18 years old are welcome. SAG AND AFTRA MEMBERS, PLEASE BRING YOUR MEMBERSHIP CARD (paid thru April 30, 2012) FOR ADMITTANCE. If you need ADA accommodations, please let us know by contacting us at diversity@sag.org or (323) 549-6644.

group shot with Gov. Abercrombie

SAG National President Ken Howard and SAG Hawaii Branch President Glenn Cannon and SAG staff met with Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Georja Skinner, chief officer, Creative Industries Division. 

President’s Report

By Glenn Cannon

In October at the Regional Branch/National Board meetings in L.A., I asked SAG National President Ken Howard to come to Honolulu to talk about the merger plans and the ongoing discussions of same taking place in L.A. He came in December, and on the 17th we had an excellent meeting with members of our Branch. Accompanying Ken was SAG's national counsel, Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, and the two men answered a number of questions from the membership and gave insight into the ongoing discussions. It was a very useful meeting, and my sense of the membership's reception was that they were glad they attended. It is clear that merger is necessary to keep SAG a strong and viable part of the entertainment industry and create a strong single union to represent actors.

As I suspect most of you know, there is now a full agreement on merger for both SAG and AFTRA, and the referendum was mailed on February 27. I urge you to read the documents available online and vote yes on the merger. It will be the best thing for all performers across the country.

Hawaii members Bonita Parsons, Christopher Simms, Jean Simon and Martin Kogan listen to President Howard

Hawaii members Bonita Parsons, Christopher Simms, Jean Simon and Martin Kogan listen to SAG National President Ken Howard speak about the importance of merger.

Group shot with Ken Howard

SAG National President Ken Howard with local Branch Council members David Farmer, National Board member Scott Rogers, John Nordlum, Lynne Halevi, Branch president Glenn Cannon and Rebecca Maltby, with Branch executive director Brenda Ching and SAG General Counsel Duncan Crabtree-Ireland at the special membership meeting in December.

National Board Report

I attended two National Board meetings in January. The first, a special joint SAG and AFTRA board meeting, took place on January 22. We studied the merger plan and proposed constitution for two hours on our own then, for the next six hours, we were given the opportunity to ask questions, which were answered by members of the G1. The second meeting was our scheduled January 27 National Board meeting, where I spoke in FAVOR of the proposed merger. I also voted in favor of the merger, and it passed by an overwhelming majority.

My reasons for voting for merger include the sudden, huge increase in the number of AFTRA TV shows, the splitting of P&H contributions due to the amount of work divided between SAG & AFTRA, the unions fighting each other over jurisdiction, etc. I would also like to point out that the membership voted overwhelmingly for pro-merger officers in the last two elections. Also, the commissioned study on the effects of merger on P&H shows that union mergers have resulted in plans that are more cost efficient, more stable and have been in the best interests of the plans’ participants and beneficiaries (click here to read the study).

Get it direct from the horse’s mouth! Here is a link to the merger plan, proposed constitution and P&H study.

Don't take ANYONE'S word for it — including MINE! Learn the facts yourself. Read the documents. Ask questions (contact Brenda and, if you want, she can put you in touch with me and you can ask me anything). But get the facts and then make up your own mind. I'm confident you will see what I see.
 
It is a historic time for our union. Be a part of it. Vote YES on the merger and tell your friends to vote YES too. Let's pass this by a big super-majority and send producers a clear message that actors are unified in our demands for fair wages and working conditions. United we stand, divided we will surely fall.
 
In solidarity,
Scott Rogers