Local Member Benefits

Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund Assists Members in Need

The Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund (MPPWF) s an emergency financial assistance fund of the SAG-AFTRA and serves members in the New York region and all Branches East of Omaha, Nebraska which includes: Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Florida which includes members in Louisiana, North Carolina and Puerto Rico, Georgia, Nashville, Philadelphia and Washington-Baltimore. This program is administered through the Actors Fund of America, (212) 221-7300, Ext. 119.

The MPPWF is designed to assist eligible members who are struggling with a financial, personal or medical crisis. Financial assistance is available for rent, utilities, mental health and medical care as well as other basic living expenses.  For more information, please visit: http://www.sagaftra.org/mppwf.

SAG Foundation Catastrophic Health Care Fund

The Foundation's Catastrophic Health Fund provides grants to eligible SAG-AFTRA members and their dependents who suffer from catastrophic illness or injury and are unable to afford the union's Health Plan's Self-Pay Program.  The Fund ensures that every eligible SAG-AFTRA member and his or her family can depend on continued health benefits when they need them most.  We work closely with Pension and Health to ensure that everything that can be done will be done to help our members in times of distress.  For more information please contact:  Lisa Schwartz, Emergency Assistance Administrator 323-549-6773.


Union Plus is a program created by the AFL-CIO to develop and coordinate member-only benefits. Our union publications have showcased the Union Plus programs and services available to SAG-AFTRA members through Union Privilege. These programs and services have been developed nationally by Union Privilege – not by SAG-AFTRA – and all information and questions regarding the programs and services are handled by the individual program provides through dedicated toll-free phone numbers. SAG-AFTRA does not endorse any of the products or services. Please visit http://www.unionplus.org/SAG-AFTRA for a full listing of programs and discounts available to SAG-AFTRA members.

Local Deals and Discounts: Fitness, Spas, and Beauty
The Chad Foundation is offering free preventive heart screenings to New York City athletes and artists, including SAG-AFTRA members, to detect unknown heart anomalies and help prevent sudden cardiac death. The free screenings, which normally would cost $3,000 each, include echocardiogram, EKG, and blood pressure tests. The CDC says 5,000 people between 15 and 35 years of age die annually from sudden cardiac death.

When: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 26, 2014

Where: GEB Medical Advisory Solutions
20 East 46th Street, 7th floor
New York City
(between Madison & 5th Aves.)

For an appointment send an email to: arista@chadfoundation.org. There are 90 appointment slots available, given on a first come basis.

The Chad Foundation was founded by longtime SAG-AFTRA member Arista Burtrum in honor of her son Chad, who died suddenly of sudden cardiac death at age 26 while playing football, with no history of heart disease. Donations are accepted to help bring the heart-saving program forward. The Chad Foundation for Athletes and Artists is a non-profit, charitable organization with a 501 c 3 status. All donations are tax deductible.

Reflections Center for Conscious Living
Reflections Center for Conscious Living is located at 250 W 49th St, 2nd Floor. We are offering 15% off our 10 and 20 class packages for all SAG-AFTRA members. We offer Vinyasa yoga classes from beginner to advanced levels for our students. Reflections is a community hub where yoga is more than just asana and self-exploration is key. We believe yoga should be a journey of self-illumination, and we encourage each person to find his or her own path. You must show your current SAG-AFTRA membership card for discount.

Remedy NYC Acupuncture
Remedy NYC is a wellness clinic in the Flatiron district dedicated to supporting physical and emotional health through acupuncture, massage, and herbal therapies. Our space is calm, relaxing and a wonderful environment conducive to healing the mind, body, and spirit. Acupuncture is effective for musculoskeletal injuries, pain in the back, knees, shoulders, and hips, migraines, digestive health, emotional issues, etc. We are located at 12 West 27th St, 9th Floor.

Present your SAG-AFTRA membership card to receive 20% discount off our services of acupuncture, massage and facial rejuvenation.

Email info@remedy-nyc.com or call (917) 740-4673 to schedule an appointment. www.remedy-NYC.com.

SKIN SPA NEW YORK SAG-AFTRA members with verification, receive 50% off all regular price services for 1st time customers and 25% off all regular price services for returning customers and ongoing relationships. Established in 2005, SKIN SPA is Manhattan’s largest spa and lifestyle brand and provides a wide range of services in its 100 + treatment rooms in 7 convenient Manhattan locations. SKIN SPA provides a range of services including:

Studio 360, located at 557 3rd Ave (at 37th street) is the only studio in Manhattan dedicated exclusively to cycling and yoga. Founded on the belief that what goes around comes around, one dollar per student per class is donated to a different monthly charity. Clients are welcomed into an environment tailored to meet their needs with the core aim of deep personal and physical transformation. SAG-AFTRA members are offered a 10% discount on all class packages using discount code SAGAFTRA.

Members of SAG-AFTRA receive a 20% discount for Day Passes and Class Packs:

Mixed Martial Arts: MMA Day passes, day pass 5 packs and 10 packs. A day pass lets your guests and employees use our facility all day and take any of our martial arts classes that include Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Wrestling and Sanda (Chinese style) Kickboxing.
CrossFit: Drop-ins and 5 class packs and 10 class packs. (Experienced CrossFitters only.)
Independent gym use: Only $15 for using gym facilities during non-class time. (Classes are excluded.)
Members of SAG-AFTRA receive a 10% discount on all monthly, 6 month up front and 12 month up front memberships:
All Inclusive: Includes all Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Wrestling, Sanda (Chinese style) Kickboxing and CrossFit classes.
Mixed Martial Arts: Includes all Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Wrestling and Sanda (Chinese style) Kickboxing.
CrossFit: Includes all CrossFit classes
Visit http://c1mma.com/ for more information. You must show your SAG-AFTRA ID to receive the discounted rates. Questions can be referred to (718) 230-3530 or info@c1mma.com.

Crunch Fitness Special offer for SAG-AFTRA Members
$99.99 enrollment + $29.99 processing fee (one-time)
$92.99/ mo All Access – Nationwide
$66.99 / mo California clubs
$59.99/ mo Sunset club
Month-to-month memberships Ask for the SAG-AFTRA special. Provide your membership card.
Questions before going to the club? Contact corporateservices@crunch.com.

SAG-AFTRA members save 20% at Orchid Aesthetics Medical Spa. Orchid Aesthetics, located on west 84th Street in Manhattan, offers an array of facial and body treatments. Visit www.OrchidAesthetics.com to see a full list of services.

The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers: The Sports Center is excited to offer a discount for SAG-AFTRA members - $0 initiation (normally $300) and a rate of $145 per month. Click here to view the flyer. Activate your 3-day pass or to join, call Amy Sikora at (212) 336-6066 or email sikora@chelseapiers.com.

Privé Salons in New York and Los Angeles offer SAG-AFTRA members a 15% discount on all salon services. Check out their website at www.privesalon.com/home.html for specifics on their NY and LA locations.

NY Community Acupuncture Center offers affordable, high-quality acupuncture services in Midtown Manhattan. SAG-AFTRA members presenting their membership card will receive 10% off of community acupuncture and $5 off of facial rejuvenation acupuncture appointments. 255 W. 36th St., Suite 1206 NY, NY 10018. Visit www.NYCommunityAcupuncture.com for more information and to book appointments.

All Deals & Discounts are administered by entities independent of SAG-AFTRA. Questions about each offer must be handled by the providers. The union does not endorse any of these services.
Local Deals and Discounts: Restaurants, Hotels and Entertainment
Museum of the Moving Image


The Museum of the Moving Image is dedicated to the art, history and technology of fi lm, television and digital
media. It offers permanent and changing exhibitions as well as educational programs, interactive experiences,
conversations with leading industry fi gures, and over 400 screenings each year. Its core exhibition, Behind the Screen,
contains over 1,400 artifacts dating from the 19th century, and immerses visitors in the creative process of making
moving images. The museum will appeal to creative professionals, families, fans, and anyone who wants to learn
more about the most infl uential art form of our time.

A complete description of the museum’s programs and resources can be found on their website, movingimage.us.
The museum is located at 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, New York, 11106. Directions are available on the website.
Any SAG-AFTRA member from any local may take advantage of this special offer. Admission to screenings and
special events is extra. You must show your current SAG-AFTRA membership card for admission.

The Hotel Beacon in New York City offers special rates to SAG-AFTRA members. Located on New York City's desirable Upper West Side, the Hotel Beacon offers 272 oversized guestrooms and suites, all with fully-equipped kitchenettes. All rooms are non-smoking and include free Wi-Fi, flat-panel TVs, iPod-docking radios and in-room safes. Enjoy the BEACON BAR, a sophisticated lounge offering a relaxed atmosphere with an exceptional choice of wines, beers and cocktails. Be sure to stretch out in the in-house Fitness Center. Nearby is Central Park, Lincoln Center, Broadway theaters, American Museum of Natural History, restaurants and discount shopping. The subway is steps away and one stop from our famed Times Square. To make reservations call (800) 572-4949 Ext. 2 or email reservations@beaconhotel.com and mention that you are a SAG-AFTRA member. You will need to show your SAG-AFTRA card at check-in.

Click here for a list of rates and available dates.

Special Discount at Signature Café and Bar for SAG-AFTRA Members

Located across the street from Manhattan Plaza at 480 West 42nd Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues) inside the Frank Gehry-designed Pershing Square Signature Center, Signature Café and Bar offers local, organic, delicious fare and a full bar. Food and beverages for Signature Café and Bar are provided by Great Performances, the only catering company in the United States to own and operate a 60-acre organic vegetable farm located in Kinderhook, NY. Produce, meat, fish, and dairy products are also sourced from other local growers and purveyors.

SAG-AFTRA members receive 25% off lunch combos, 25% off non-alcohol drinks, 10% off food and alcohol when valid ID.

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 12pm-12am. Visit www.signaturetheatre.org for more information.

10% off Tonic Times Square for SAG-AFTRA Members at 727 7th Avenue (between 48th and 49th streets) NY, NY 10019

All SAG-AFTRA members, showing their membership card during their visit at Tonic Times Square will get 10% off their check.facial

SAG-AFTRA members receive a 20% discount at B SMITH RESTAURANT

To celebrate their 25th year in the theatre district, the owners of B Smith Restaurant – both of whom are also SAG-AFTRA members – are offering a 20% discount on food and beverages to all current SAG-AFTRA members. One card-carrying SAG-AFTRA member can receive a discount for up to four people. SAG-AFTRA members have always been B Smith’s most consistent and dynamic customers, and this is their way of saying “thank you.”

B SMITH - Restaurant Row
320 West 46th Street
New York NY 10036
(212) 315-1100
Reservations recommended, especially for pre-theater or theater matinee Wednesdays. The discount is not applicable on the prix fixe lunch or dinner.
Remember to tip your servers based on the full amount – they might be SAG-AFTRA members too.

Discover the REAL New York with Foods of NY Food and Culture Walking Tours

Foods of New York offers unique food tasting and cultural walking tours. For reservations visit their website www.foodsofny.com and enter promo code SAG10 to save 10% on tour rates.

All Deals & Discounts are administered by entities independent of SAG-AFTRA. Questions about each offer must be handled by the providers. The union does not endorse any of these services.

Local Deals and Discounts: Education and Training Opportunities
Touro University

Touro University has a 40-year history of educating students around the world. The fully accredited, non-for profit, online division of the Touro College and University system, offerS SAG-AFTRA members ( and family) an opportunity to earn their graduate degree with tuition assistance on their Master’s degree.
Master’s degrees include Business Administration • Organizational and Leadership Psychology • Media and Communications Psychology • Marriage and Family Therapy
For more information, please call Jasmine Khong, Executive Director of Student Success, directly at (818) 874-4118. www.tuw.edu.

Straeon Acting Studio

More than 20% off acting classes for SAG-AFTRA members at Straeon Acting Studio. Straeon Acting Studio in New York is honored to offer current SAG-AFTRA members a discounted price of $275 for the first month of classes. Known as the “Gym for Actors,” Straeon carries a reputation of being intimate and intense. Coaching is tailored to the individual, allowing each actor to discover his or her own process. Acting classes are held on an ongoing, weekly basis, Monday evenings at the Producer's Club, 358 W. 44th St., New York, NY 10036. An auditing program allows new students to observe scene work and participate in class discussions. For more information or to audit a complimentary class, visit http://www.straeonfilmworks.com/ and email newyork@thoreast.com. To receive the above stated discount send an email to newyork@thoreast.com and mention that you are a current, paid-up member of SAG-AFTRA, and show your current SAG-AFTRA ID card at the first class.

All Deals & Discounts are administered by entities independent of SAG-AFTRA. Questions about each offer must be handled by the providers. The union does not endorse any of these services.
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