Myth #8

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SAG-AFTRA leaders in Texas realize many myths exist about being a union member in a ‘right-to-work’ state. To bust these myths and arm you with the facts, a Top 10 Myths list has been created. These myth-busting facts also include additional resources to help you steer your career in the right direction.
We believe you will find this information helpful and want you to join us - your fellow members - to grow the union market in our community. To find out how you can be a part of our Texas Leadership Think Tank, please contact Trish Avery at

MYTH #8:
"Non-union scale is the same as union scale.”
Are You Kidding?!
FACT: There’s no such thing as “non-union scale.” Scale is the result of SAG-AFTRA’s hard fought negotiations on behalf of all performers. Plus, scale isn’t scale unless it includes pension & health and a contract of protections. Without the unions, scale would be a myth.

Here’s something to think about:
An actor may book $20,000 worth of non-union jobs in a year, but, if those producers don’t pay them, treat them poorly on set, misuse their image, or they get injured, they won’t have a leg to stand on working without a contract.
By contrast, an actor who earns $20,000 a year under union contracts gets their money on time, a pension credit, legal support, and many other protections. Also, an actor who earns $15,000 or more a year on union jobs qualifies for health benefits – excellent health benefits!
Want to learn more about union scale?  Check out these links to our agreements with union contracted minimums:        
Low Budget Film Agreements
Industrial Rates
Texas Regional Commercials Code
National Commercial Rates

Questions? Call your local union office at (214) 363-8300.