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Thu, 04/19/2018 - 09:44

The power of strong member involvement proved effective at WBZ Radio when iHeartMedia acquired the station last November. At a stationwide meeting, SAG-AFTRA members were assured by iHeart their jobs and union contracts were safe. Just hours following the meeting, iHeart did a complete turnaround, informing members that CBAs wouldn’t be honored and all would have to reapply for their jobs. Within days, another station meeting was held. Nearly all broadcast members at WBZ Radio attended, demanding iHeart reverse its position.

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 09:40

For the first time in nearly 16 years, a broadcast unit has organized under the jurisdiction of SAG-AFTRA in New England. Off-air staff at WFSB-TV, Hartford-New Haven, voted overwhelmingly to be represented by SAG-AFTRA. Members stayed strong and committed during negotiations. Some even testified before the Connecticut Low Wage Employer Advisory Board in Hartford. As a result, the producers and associate producers of WFSB-TV have come up with a first contract that would give some members a 38–75 percent pay hike.

Photo: WFSB staff.


Fri, 07/07/2017 - 12:21

Massachusetts Film Tax Credit Remains Unchanged

Dear SAG-AFTRA Massachusetts Member,

I am pleased to report that the state budget came out of the conference committee this morning and there is no change to the Film Tax Incentive. Your individual and collective efforts have again successfully avoided what might have been a disaster for our industry. Thank you again for turning out and making your voices heard! Please continue to educate the public about how much this means to you and your families. Thanks again.

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 13:21

Film Tax Credit Update

As you know a budget rider included in the Senate budget would cripple the Film and Television Production Incentive. This would cap the amount of above-the-line salary that could be applied to the Film Tax Credit, driving film production away from Massachusetts, killing local jobs and hurting small business vendors that are a part of the film production ecosystem. 

The House and Senate are currently working on the final version of the budget and we want to prevent this measure from becoming law.

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 08:21

Massachusetts Film and Television Incentive Update

Yesterday, the state Senate adopted an amendment (#38) to their state budget that proposes substantial and extremely damaging change to the film and television production incentive program. Most significantly, this amendment would limit the credit with a salary cap that would prevent major productions from filming in Massachusetts.

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 10:01

New England Local Office Closed Monday, April 17

The building which houses the New England Local office will be closed on Monday, April 17, Patriots’ Day, due to the 2017 Boston Marathon.
New England Local staff will continue to monitor emails, but access to the building will not be available to staff or members that day.
We apologize for the inconvenience.

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 14:27

New England Local Office Closure, March 14

Due to impending severe weather in the area, the SAG-AFTRA New England Local will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, March 14. All scheduled meetings and events for tomorrow are cancelled.

In the event the weather causes further office closures, members will be notified via email.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.