SAG-AFTRA CONTRACTS ─ You lose the protection of SAG-AFTRA contracts and a voice in your workplace. Your agreement to perform non-union work is between you and the producer. If the producer fails to pay or abide by an agreement, the union's legal staff cannot help you. For more information on contracts, click here.
RESIDUALS ─ Non-union residuals are an oxymoron. Most non-union productions do not pay residuals. When you're not working a SAG-AFTRA contract, SAG-AFTRA legal cannot represent you. Furthermore, when you are no longer represented by SAG-AFTRA, you are responsible for collecting your own money.