It’s hard to find two words that better describe the essence of unionism than “working together.” By working together, we combine our strength to become more powerful than we ever could as individuals. When SAG and AFTRA begin joint negotiations of our TV/Theatrical and Exhibit A Contracts on September 27, we’ll be ready because we have been working together.
As president, it has been my privilege to attend Joint Wages and Working Conditions meetings throughout the country. Everywhere I’ve been — Hollywood, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and Washington-Baltimore — I’ve seen powerful examples of working together. Principal and background actors, stunt performers, dancers, singers, stand-ins, voice artists, performers with and without disabilities, men and women of every age, sexual orientation and ethnicity have all shared their experiences and concerns. This has resulted in a deeper understanding of our common needs, and produced valuable proposals to address them.