Hawaii 2013:04

The Official E-Newsletter of the Hawaii Local
The Official E-Newsletter of the Hawaii Local
April 2013

Q&A CORNER

I haven’t paid my dues, and I haven’t had any work. What can I do to preserve my union membership when I’m not actively seeking work?

You can place your membership on hold if you have been a member for 18 months. There are two types of inactive status that a member can request. The first one is Honorable Withdrawal, where the member is current in his/her dues. The second one is Suspended Payment Owing. A member can request Suspended Payment Owing status if they owe no more than two membership dues periods. If you are behind more than two membership dues periods, contact the office.

Important Phone Numbers & Websites

Pension & Health
(800) 777-4013
Health & Retirement
(800) 562-4690
General Information
(800) 724-0767
SAG-AFTRA Website
SAG-AFTRA Production Center
AFTRA-SAG Federal Credit Union
(800) 826-6946,
SAG Foundation
(323) 549-6649
AFTRA Foundation
(212) 863-4315

Hawaii Local Office
949 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 105
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 596-0388 Office
(808) 593-2636 Fax
Brenda Ching

HAWAII FRANCHISED AGENTS 

ADR MODEL & TALENT AGENCY 
45-1123 Kamehameha Hwy., Suite #D
Kaneohe, HI  96744
Agent: Ryan Brown
Subagent:  Nazarene Anderson
Phone: (808) 596-2524
Fax:    (866) 702-2524
Email

KATHY MULLER TALENT & MODELING AGENCY
619 Kapahulu Avenue, Penthouse
Honolulu, HI  96815
Agent: Kathy Muller
Subagent:  Joy Kam
Phone: (808) 737-7917
Fax:     (808) 734-3026
Email

Co-President Glenn Cannon's Report

I have been away from SAG-AFTRA duties due to major surgeries and a lengthy hospital stay followed by a slow recovery. I am happily back now and catching up on the details of what is happening currently. There will be elections occurring for your local board coming up fairly soon, as well as other matters that have resulted from the merger. More information coming soon!

Co-President Rolf Burton's Report

Aloha SAG-AFTRA Hawaii! We have exciting news. We have a new local constitution that was recently approved. Coming up are local elections for board and officer positions. I encourage anyone who is interested to volunteer and consider running. None of these positions are paid. Everyone is a volunteer.
Being a board member requires no acting skills, it doesn’t help you become a better actor. You still need to go to classes and market yourself. But being a board member is about being a part of an organized, unified group that ensures safe working conditions and fair wages.

The marketplace is changing every day. Companies are merging and creating monopolies, which is making it difficult for us to keep track of who owns what. For example, Disney now owns Marvel Comics and Star Wars. With media consolidation, SAG-AFTRA members have to look out for each other’s best interests so that safety and fair wages are not eroded by our resistance to change. We have to look to new and better ways of doing business to ensure that all members are treated with the respect they deserve for their work.

Soon you will be receiving information on the election process. With one board, we have a collective voice. The new local constitution and the upcoming elections bring us closer to the completion of the merger agreement that you voted for last year.

National Board Member Report

by Scott Rogers

The National Board and all of our staff have been working very hard to merge what were two very different national unions into the new hybrid super-union, SAG-AFTRA. Although much has been accomplished, we have a lot to do before our first SAG-AFTRA National Convention in the fall.

I attended the National Board meeting in Los Angeles. We started with a Committee of Locals (COL) meeting on Feb. 1 and the National Board meetings on Feb. 2 and 3. The COL is comprised of National Board members from small and mid-sized locals across the country. 

National Executive Director David White reported that the SAG Awards had the highest Nielson ratings ever. He also reported that there has been exceptionally big "second screen" (mobile gaming and cloud gaming) growth. Same for ultra HD/3-D/Ultrabooks/voice/gesture controls, etc. All showed strong growth. SAG-AFTRA had a presence at the Sundance Film Festival and we’re hoping to create the Actor’s Lab there. More on that coming soon.

The next National Board meeting is April 20 and 21 with a COL meeting on April 19. I'll be there representing the Hawaii Local. I haven't missed one yet!