Q: What do firefighters and actors have in common?
A: They will both stand in the freezing cold for hours to support their union brothers and sisters.
If that seems like an unusual start to my letter, especially during the dog days of summer, let me explain. In July, I was asked to address the AFTRA National Convention and, in preparation, I looked back over recent events to find some good examples of SAG and AFTRA members working together.
One of the best examples occurred in February, on a frigid afternoon in Madison, Wis. SAG and AFTRA members Bradley Whitford, Gabrielle Carteris and Robert Newman all traveled there to stand in solidarity with tens of thousands of Wisconsin public employees whose collective bargaining rights were under attack. Watching footage of the event and seeing my fellow actors rally the massive crowd outside the Capitol, I was proud all over again.