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Statement in response to the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace

Los Angeles, (March 31, 2009) – "As Mr. Worth and the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace know, and as the Wall Street Journal recently confirmed, the Employee Free Choice Act does not remove the secret ballot provision from the process.

It does give all workers the opportunity to join a union without the threat of employer coercion or intimidation.

SAG members Martin Sheen, Bradley Whitford and Richard Schiff along with 120,000 of their fellow members across the country are powerful voices for the rights of working people because they are union members and know firsthand the value of the union card.

As proponents of free speech and free expression, which they exercised today, these actors and union members support the right of every worker to join a union.  That’s not hypocrisy, it’s principled advocacy.”

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Screen Actors Guild is the nation’s largest labor union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has a rich history in the American labor movement, from standing up to studios to break long-term engagement contracts in the 1940s to fighting for artists’ rights amid the digital revolution sweeping the entertainment industry in the 21st century. With 20 branches nationwide, SAG represents nearly 120,000 actors who work in film, television, industrials, commercials, video games, music videos and other new media. The Guild exists to enhance actors’ working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists’ rights. SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO. Headquartered in Los Angeles, you can visit SAG online at