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Wed, 09/07/2005 - 08:28

New Toll Free Number Offers Help to Working Families - - 877-AFL-CIO9

(Gulf Coast, September 7) - - Victims of Hurricane Katrina can learn about jobs, get instant access to computers, benefit from their unions' health and welfare services and find basic relief at three new workers' centers which are being established today in Houston, Texas; Mobile, Alabama and Pearl, Mississippi.

Wed, 09/07/2005 - 05:58

Los Angeles (September 7, 2005) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) today announced it is urging all of its professional actors to support members of the Canadian Media Guild, who have been locked out by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) for almost four weeks. Management’s lockout of more than 5,000 media workers began on August 15 after the break off of talks between the union and employers. The Guild is making its announcement on the eve of the start of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Thu, 09/01/2005 - 14:23

LOS ANGELES (September 1, 2005) --- In response to Screen Actors Guild members looking to support those devastated by Hurricane Katrina, the Guild—with help from the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, The Actors’ Fund of America and the Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund—today announced it has taken steps to provide immediate assistance for union members in need.

Tue, 08/30/2005 - 07:38

Los Angeles (August 30, 2005) --- Screen Actors Guild announced today that emergency financial assistance is available to Guild members affected by Hurricane Katrina. The Guild's Miami office will help disburse money -- per standard requirements -- from the Motion Pictures Players Welfare Fund, an assistance program designed to help performers in need. Screen Actors Guild members impacted by the storm can also call The Actors' Fund of America, which will provide both emergency financial assistance and ongoing case management.

Wed, 08/24/2005 - 15:19

Los Angeles (August 24, 2005) – Screen Actors Guild announced today it has mailed out national election ballots to its members. All ballots must be returned to the assigned post office box by 6:30 a.m. (PDT) September 23. Election results are expected to be announced that evening.

Members who do not receive a ballot or wish to request a replacement ballot may call Screen Actors Guild’s Membership Department at (323) 549-6778.

Wed, 08/24/2005 - 13:11

Greenlight Oregon Will Help to Create Family Wage Jobs

Portland, Ore. (August 24, 2005) – Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski signed a bill Monday at a sound stage in Portland that creates the Greenlight Oregon program, which will strengthen Oregon's film and video industry and create family wage jobs by offering an incentive to production companies to shoot films, television shows and commercials here. Film and television stars Ed Asner, representing the Guild, and David Ogden Stiers, were on-hand for the signing, as was SAG Oregon national board member Mary McDonald-Lewis.

Wed, 08/24/2005 - 00:03

Los Angeles (August 24, 2005) --- Thousands of Screen Actors Guild members who worked in California may be entitled to monies stemming from the “Greenberg Class Action” lawsuit that seeks damages from a number of payroll houses, studios, and production companies for alleged violations of certain provisions of the California Labor Code. The Guild, which is not involved in the lawsuit, has established a hotline recording to help answer questions that members may have in their effort to recoup possible damages.

Tue, 08/23/2005 - 12:03

Los Angeles (August 23, 2005) ---Screen Actors Guild President Melissa Gilbert today issued the following statement upon learning of the death of 1990 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award recipient Brock Peters:

“On behalf of the 120,000 members of Screen Actors Guild, our heartfelt sympathy and prayers go to the family of Brock Peters. His remarkable body of acting work and dedication as a civil rights activist will never be forgotten.”

Mon, 08/22/2005 - 14:13

Los Angeles (August 22, 2005) – In a major victory for working actors in New York state, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) today announced that it has successfully persuaded New York Gov. George Pataki to veto legislation that would have significantly altered the rules under which talent managers must operate. The proposed bill would have expanded the powers of New York state talent managers by allowing them to secure work for actors—without the same controls or regulations that currently govern agents.

Mon, 08/22/2005 - 13:11

Study Reveals Significant Economic Benefits Entertainment Industry has on California Economy

Los Angeles (August 22, 2005) --- The California Film Commission today released a comprehensive study conducted by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), which details runaway production’s negative impact on California’s state revenue. Along with such groups as the Directors Guild of America (DGA), Teamsters Local 399, and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Screen Actors Guild (SAG) contributed funding to the report.

Fri, 08/19/2005 - 15:22

New York (August 19, 2005) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) today announced that it is advising its members to no longer purchase or carry police costumes in the New York City area – even to jobs that require the use of such costumes. The new guidance comes as the result of an apparent shift in City policy that puts professional actors at risk of arrest if found to be carrying police costumes.

Fri, 08/19/2005 - 15:21


*All candidates ran unopposed.

National Board Member:
Will Lyman (Three-year term)

Bill Mootos (Three-year term)

1st Vice President:
Karen Woodward Massey (Three-year term)

2nd Vice President:
Michele Proude (Three-year term)

Ellen Colton (Three-year term)

Wed, 08/10/2005 - 15:17

There are several upcoming events available to Screen Actors Guild members that are worth checking out. A partial list is available here.

Check your local branch page frequently for more information.

August 11, 2005
Cold Reading Workshop for Young Performers in New York City
Contact the New York Branch for more information

August 17, 2005
VisionFest 2005: Filmmakers Alliance Screenings and Anniversary Celebration

August 24, 2005
Screen Actors Guild Women's Health Forum

Tue, 08/02/2005 - 15:15

LOS ANGELES (August 2, 2005) --- Screen Actors Guild today released the official list of candidates for its upcoming national officer and national board elections. National president and secretary-treasurer positions are up for election, both of which carry two-year terms. Current SAG President Melissa Gilbert announced last month she will not seek re-election. Approximately 1/3 of the total 69 national board seats are open for election this year.

Thu, 07/28/2005 - 15:12

Los Angeles (July 28, 2005) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) members voted today by a margin of 81.2 percent to 18.8 percent to overwhelmingly approve the proposed Interactive Media Agreement recently negotiated with video game producers. In accordance with a national board decision on June 29, the referendum was sent to Screen Actors Guild performers with earnings under the previous three-year agreement with the video game industry—as well as any eligible, paid-up SAG member in good standing who requested a ballot.

Wed, 07/27/2005 - 15:10

LOS ANGELES (July 27, 2005) --- Delegates at the AFL-CIO national convention in Chicago today re-elected Screen Actors Guild (SAG) President Melissa Gilbert to the federation’s executive council. As an executive council member for the past four years, Gilbert has fought for issues that affect SAG and the Associated Actors and Artistes of America (4A’s) and has represented other entertainment unions’ concerns in labor negotiations and policy.

Wed, 07/27/2005 - 15:08

Los Angeles (July 27, 2005) --- It has come to the attention of Screen Actors Guild that Porchlight Entertainment, the producer of the animated television series Tutenstein (which airs on NBC), is not signed to an agreement with SAG covering the terms and conditions for voice actors employed on the series.

SAG members are advised not to accept any employment on this animated series until they have confirmed with SAG that the producer’s signatory status has changed. Employment on Tutenstein will currently subject a SAG member to a Rule One Violation.

Tue, 07/26/2005 - 15:06

Los Angeles (July 26, 2005) – Fifteen years after the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) released the executive summary of a first-of-its-kind study Tuesday that reveals performers with disabilities (PWDs) are significantly underrepresented in the entertainment industry and often reluctant to ask producers for even the most minor accommodations.

Mon, 07/25/2005 - 00:00
Branch Host: Hollywood Division * Hollywood, CA Event Location: Screen Actors Guild James Cagney Room 5757 Wilshire Blvd, Ground Floor Los Angeles, CA 90036 Event Date: 12 - 2 p.m. (first seminar) 6 - 8 p.m. (second seminar) Friday, August 5, 2005 WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE SIGNING A GSA/AGENCY CONTRACT AGREEMENT
Fri, 07/08/2005 - 15:01

The SAG National Board has voted to send ballots to approve or reject the proposed 2005 Interactive Media Agreement to those members who work under this Agreement, as well as any member in good standing who requests a ballot.

Members who have reported earnings under this contract will be automatically mailed a ballot on July 13, 2005. Replacement ballots may be obtained by calling SAG’s Membership department at (323) 549-6778. The deadline for members who work in the video game industry to request replacement ballots is 12 p.m. PDT on July 25, 2005.