May 11, 2009 -- We want to restate unequivocally that any Screen Actors Guild member who paid their November 1, 2008 dues bill by April 30, 2009 is eligible to vote on the TV/Theatrical contract referendum.
Those dues were payable November 1, 2008, and the Guild also provided for a 45-day grace period allowing our members to pay their November 1, 2008 dues as late as December 15 and still be considered current.
Most importantly, the Guild's rules also allow for our members who pay these dues by April 30, 2009 (up to 6-months late), to be eligible to vote on the TV/Theatrical contract. SAG sends out a dues bill only two times per year and we routinely post payment reminders on the website during both dues periods. We also send special reminders to members who are facing termination for unpaid dues.
This voter eligibility requirement does NOT refer to dues invoices sent out last month due on May 1, 2009. As long as you paid your November 1, 2008 dues by April 30, 2009, you ARE eligible to vote.
Voting is one of the most valuable rights and privileges of Screen Actors Guild membership and the eligibility requirements are very clearly outlined in the Guild constitution - a great document that many of you are familiar with. You can review the Guild constitution here.
Our National Board also knows how valuable this right is to our members and we hope that all eligible members will educate themselves about the TV/Theatrical tentative agreement and exercise their right to vote on the referendum.