Welcome to the New Orleans Local. We proudly serve members working in Louisiana, home to jazz, jambalaya and, of course, Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest; and Mississippi, birthplace of the delta blues. Be sure to explore these pages for all the great services and benefits available to you. Laissez les bons temps rouler (“Let the good times roll”)!

As I shelter in place, as most of us are, I have to remember that I am not alone. Although I don’t know your individual hardships, I do know you have them. During this difficult time that we all are experiencing, I want to let you know some of the things we are doing as we face the challenges ahead.

Please know that during this difficult time, SAG-AFTRA’s top priority is the health, safety and well-being of our members. We are aware of the challenges many members face as production has temporarily ceased. SAG-AFTRA is regularly updating its COVID-19 resource page on the website with the latest updates so please continue to check this site.

In addition, it is critical in the coming weeks that we work together and advocate for our fellow members and our local communities. To assist members of the New Orleans Local, our local board has compiled helpful resources available to members living in Louisiana and Mississippi and have listed these below. This will be updated online as needed.

While this evolving situation seems to be moving quickly at times, please know staff are working remotely to ensure the union’s core functions, including residuals processing, continue. Click here for a list of our local support staff and local board members. Please contact me at neworleans@sagaftra.org.

Download the SAG-AFTRA member app to be the first to receive the latest news. Sign up for direct deposit so residuals are securely deposited in your bank account. Watch your emails for the latest updates and possible calls to action. Stay safe by following the advice of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the guidance of local government authorities. And please look out for one another.

In solidarity,

Diana Boylston
New Orleans Local President

New Orleans Local delegates at the 2019 SAG-AFTRA National Convention.

New Orleans Local delegates getting excited at the 2019 SAG-AFTRA National Convention.

SAG-AFTRA executive officers at the end of convention. From left, National Vice President, Recording Artists/Singers Dan Navarro; National Vice President, Los Angeles Clyde Kusatsu; Secretary-Treasurer Camryn Manheim; President Gabrielle Carteris; Executive Vice President Rebecca Damon; National Vice President, Small Locals Suzanne Burkhead; National Vice President, New York Liz Zazzi; and National Vice President, Mid-Sized Locals Michele Proude, National Vice President, Broadcasters Bob Butler. (Photo by Amy Tierney/SAG-AFTRA)

President Gabrielle Carteris receives a standing ovation during her address to the delegates. (Photo by Amy Tierney/SAG-AFTRA)

SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director David White addresses delegates during the second day of convention. (Photo by Amy Tierney/SAG-AFTRA)

The 2019 SAG-AFTRA National Convention delegation. (Photo by Amy Tierney/SAG-AFTRA)

Executive Vice President Rebecca Damon discusses digital image rights and defending SAG-AFTRA’s core values during her EVP speech. (Photo by Amy Tierney/SAG-AFTRA)

Camryn Manheim during her first address as SAG-AFTRA Secretary-Treasurer. (Photo by Amy Tierney/SAG-AFTRA)

National Vice President, Actors/Performers Bill Charlton discusses a resolution on the convention floor.

From left, Executive Vice President and N.Y. Local President Rebecca Damon, President Gabrielle Carteris and Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel Duncan Crabtree-Ireland display their George Heller awards.

National Board member and chair of the SAG-AFTRA Diversity Advisory Committee Jason George with host and SAG-AFTRA member Sydelle Noell on the red carpet at Casino Unconventionale, SAG-AFTRA’s biennial evening gala.

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