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Mon, 12/11/2017 - 09:47

Robert Blanche

Dear Member,

Welcome to the Portland Local newsletter. I am thrilled that we have so much to share with you. Since starting work together in late August, your new board has been working hard to engage the membership through events and educational outreach. We’ve also identified opportunities to organize work that falls under our jurisdiction and are working tirelessly to increase professional opportunities for our members.

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 09:43

Mary McDonald-Lewis 

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

We stand on the threshold of an exciting and challenging time for our local. New ways of producing and distributing product on advertising-based television, subscriber-based TV, film, and Amazon, Netflix, Google, YouTube and any number of present and emerging platforms mean more work for us, but at wages that don’t yet reflect our value.

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 09:38

The third biennial SAG-AFTRA convention was held October 5–8 at the Sheraton Universal City in Los Angeles. Four delegates from the Portland Local attended the convention: National Board member Mary McDonald-Lewis, Portland Local President Robert Blanche, and first-time delegates Kirsten Foe and Harold Phillips. The four delegates to convention took a few moments to share their impressions of their time in L.A. and what convention means for our local.

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 09:32

Being familiar with all our contracts is no small matter. Given the number and scope of agreements covering our many categories of employment, it requires a level of wonkish commitment that can be daunting to even the most experienced members. But having at least a passing knowledge of what they entail is also an invaluable asset to the working performer. In this and subsequent articles, your SAG-AFTRA staff will provide some of the basics — hopefully, enough to make your working experience safe and productive.

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 09:31

The Portland Film Festival heated up with a little help from union stunt performers. SAG-AFTRA Portland Local board members Michelle Damis and Kirsten Foe joined the Action Factory team for a blazing demonstration of the safe use of stunts in the industry.

Local President Robert Blanche attended and reported, “Our stunt members are leading the way in member education, one of this board’s tentpoles.” Blanche said he is sure that an interest in stunt work due to Oregon’s growing film and television industry “will lead to more and more work opportunities for union members here.”

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 09:28

We all know that the union is ready to stand up for us when we need it to — but every day, Portland Local members are doing their part to stand up for their union and their fellow members. Here are just a few stories from the “trenches” about how SAG-AFTRA has been there for local members, and how members have done their part to strengthen SAG-AFTRA in our market.

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 09:19

Robert Matthew Cohn

The SAG-AFTRA Portland Local Board is made up of 10 members of our union from various backgrounds. All of them work in the Portland area and are committed to strengthening the union in our region. In this and future newsletters, we’re going to give you the chance to get to know the members of your local board a little better.

How long have you been a SAG-AFTRA member?

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 11:20

Proud members of the SAG-AFTRA Portland Local participated for a fifth straight year at the Oregon AFL-CIO Labor Day picnic. The event was held at historic Oaks Amusement Park in southeast Portland.

Portland Local Board member Harold Phillips worked alongside booth organizer and member Duane Hanson to pass out swag to nearly 100 people who visited the SAG-AFTRA booth. 


Wed, 08/09/2017 - 16:42

On Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, the ballot tabulation of the Portland Local election was conducted. Please note that some candidates ran unopposed and were declared elected without the necessity of a membership vote. Following are the results of the election. Those positions that required a balloted election are listed with an asterisk*. For complete balloted election results, click here.

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 11:28

Portland Local members show their cards at their spring membership meeting on May 16, where members discussed the past year’s victories and challenges and planned for the future. SAG-AFTRA members are excited about the new productions coming to Portland and the recent renewal of the Oregon film incentive and Green Light program.

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:41

Members of SAG-AFTRA Portland Local met on a Saturday morning in April, in order to build union solidarity while giving back to their community.

“Our members packaged 7,850 pounds of food at the Oregon Food Bank for the community’s hungriest folks,” said Portland Local President Duane Hanson. “This was Portland’s fourth annual team-building community service event, which shines a bright light on organized labor.”

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 17:27



Please share this information with all your filmmaker friends! 
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is now accepting submissions from filmmakers residing in all states west of the Mississippi for its April 2017 Los Angeles Short Film Showcase. SUBMISSION DEADLINE is Monday, February 6, 2017. No deadline waiver.