UPDATE: Notice Regarding Proposed Constitutional Amendments

UPDATE: Notice Regarding Proposed Constitutional Amendments
Filed in: Governance

Please be advised that the SAG-AFTRA Executive Committee has approved an extension to the deadline for submitting proposed amendments for National Board consideration from Monday, July 8 by 5pm PDT to Monday, July 15, 2013 by 5pm PDT. Late submissions will not be considered.

Summary of Deadlines (see below for details)

  • Proposed amendments for National Board consideration: Monday, July 15 by 5pm PDT
  • Proposed amendment petitions approved by Locals: Monday, August 12 by 5pm PDT

The primary means by which the SAG-AFTRA Constitution may be amended is through approval of proposed amendments by the Convention. The inaugural national Convention will be held September 26 – 29, 2013 in Los Angeles. Pursuant to Article XVIII(A)(2) of the Constitution, a proposed amendment can be considered at Convention only if it has been submitted with:

  1. The approval of the National Board; or
  2. The approval of one-third of the locals (presently, nine locals) documented on an approved petition form.

Any local or member that wishes to submit a proposed constitutional amendment for consideration by the National Board at its final meeting prior to the deadline for notice of amendments for the 2013 Convention must submit the final proposed language of the amendment to the SAG-AFTRA Governance Department at michelle.bennett@sagaftra.org no later than 5pm PDT on Monday, July 15, 2013. This allows sufficient time for review of proposed amendments by the Government Review Committee and counsel prior to the July National Board meeting. Proposed amendments received after the deadline will not be considered.
 
Any local that wishes to endorse a proposed amendment for purposes of consideration by Convention without National Board approval must request an approved petition form from the Governance Department. In order to sign the petition form, an appropriate local officer must certify that the Local Board has considered and approved the final language of the proposed amendment. Properly executed petition forms must be received from at least nine locals no later than 5pm PDT August 12, 2013. Executed petitions should be submitted to the Governance Department at michelle.bennett@sagaftra.org. Proposed amendments for which fewer than nine local petitions are received, or for which the identical language has not been approved in each petition will not be considered by the Convention. Locals considering proposing amendments are encouraged to submit draft language to the Governance Department as soon as possible for preliminary review and feedback from staff and counsel.
 
Please note that pursuant to the provisions of Article VII.B. of the Merger Agreement, adoption of any constitutional amendments at the initial national convention will require a supermajority vote of 70% of votes cast.