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The Official E-Newsletter of the Hawaii Local
The Official E-Newsletter of the Hawaii Local
August 2013


On July 29, 2013, the ballot tabulation of the Hawaii 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.

Scott Rogers* - National Board Member, four-year term
David Farmer* - President, two-year term
Rolf Burton - Vice President, two-year term
Jean Simon* - Secretary, two-year term
Lisa Romano* - Local Board Member, two-year term
Becky Maltby* - Local Board Member, two-year term
John Nordlum* - Local Board Member, two-year term
Charles Uyehara* - Local Board Member, two-year term
Joyce Maltby* - Local Board Member, two-year term
Becky Maltby* - Convention Delegate, two-year term
Lisa Romano* - Convention Delegate, two-year term
Charles Uyehara* - Convention Delegate, two-year term
Jean Simon* - Convention Delegate, two-year term
Regina Bailey* - Convention Delegate, two-year term

Members elected as local officers, local board members and convention delegates, by virtue of their election to those positions, are also elected as alternate national board members who may be called upon to serve at national board meetings when the national board member from Hawaii is unable to attend. The national board member and president, by virtue of their election to those positions, also serve as convention delegates. The newly elected leaders will be installed in office on Aug. 15, 2013.

President’s Report

By Rolf Burton

Thank you everyone for your support these last two years. My main goal was to promote the merger of AFTRA and SAG, and we accomplished that goal. I will always remember the day when my name was called at the AFTRA National Board Meeting to ask for my vote: yes or no for merger. I said, “Yes!”

Thank you to Glenn Cannon. You will be missed. It was an honor to work with Glenn as a co-president of our local. His leadership skill and the advice he gave to me and the board was invaluable. As I step down from co-president and national board member, I look forward to the future of our union and the film industry in Hawaii. I want to thank Brenda Ching for her tireless efforts at the Legislature to preserve our tax credit for film and television. When I thanked her in person, she reminded me that it was a group effort. Union performers must continue to fight for their rights collectively. Together we are strong. It is my hope that we continue to help each other every day. If a member on set needs help with something, make their day. Do what you can to help another member.

In two years there will be another election. It is my hope that anyone who has the time to volunteer for the Hawaii Local Board will run for office. If you value your union, it is important to give back. Every day, there are people working to take away your union benefits: Pension, health care, wages and safe working conditions are not guaranteed. Members before us fought for good contracts, working conditions and benefits. Employers would prefer to pay us something far less. The important thing to know is that they need us to create their product.  

It’s time to put aside our differences. We are constantly bombarded by propaganda used to drive wedges between ethnic groups, sexual orientations, men and women, old and young. We are all fighting for the same thing. What we need to do is fight together as a whole to preserve what we have and build on it so we can pass it on to the next generation. 

Google “May 1st.” Find out why there is an eight-hour work day. You are a powerful person when you are informed. Educate yourself on what a so-called “right-to-work state” is, or, in truth, “right-to-work-for-less state.” Now is the time to make a plan, write down a goal, be healthy, eat right, sleep well, go to class and be ready when your agent or the casting director calls you. Hawaii is on the map and we must continue to build on our reputation so that productions hire us.

On a final note, remind your friends who are interested in joining the union that the initiation fee to join the SAG-AFTRA Hawaii Local is the same amount as the former SAG initiation fee: $1,025. This amount may soon change. 


Contact Your Local

SAG-AFTRA Hawaii Local
949 Kapiolani Blvd.
Honolulu, HI  96814
Phone: 808-596-0388
Fax: 808-593-2636
Email: brenda.ching@sagaftra.org