The holidays are around the corner, and the current economy will make it a tough one for many Americans. That’s why I’m especially happy that the last few weeks have brought SAG members much to be thankful for.
As you probably know, SAG and AFTRA just finished a successful joint negotiation that won, among other gains, an absolutely critical shot in the arm for our challenged pension and health plans. It’s no secret that pension plans across the country took a big hit when the market plummeted in 2008, and SAG’s pension plan was no exception. In addition, skyrocketing healthcare costs have been putting a serious strain on our health insurance. Meanwhile, both plans are seeing declining contributions due to cuts in feature film production and the shift of TV work away from SAG.