A Message From the Michigan Local President

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A Message From the Michigan Local President

Eric Wydra

Happy Spring, SAG-AFTRA Michigan Members!   

As much as the winter was relatively mild around here, it is still nice to have warmer weather and the thoughts of outdoor shoots and broadcasts. I recently had the opportunity to attend a Coffee Connection in Grand Rapids. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting some West Michigan members, discussing issues affecting them and learning more about the audiobooks industry. We had a great discussion, and I was extremely impressed at their passion and dedication to this industry we all work in. I look forward to meeting more members at future Coffee Connections.

Reading the recent news about performers from Telemundo organizing and voting to join SAG-AFTRA was very inspiring. I sat in on a National Organizing Committee webinar in March. It made me think, “Why can’t something like that happen in Michigan?” On the broadcasting front, there are TV and radio stations that may have people eager to join us and enjoy the benefits and protections of working under a SAG-AFTRA contract. It all starts with an idea and conversation. I intend to have some of those conversations this spring. If you have any suggestions on individuals or specific shops to consider, please email me at michigan.president@sagaftra.org.   

EVP Rebecca Damon and Local President Eric Wydra
EVP Rebecca Damon and Local President Eric Wydra

We recently had our annual membership meeting on April 27 at Forgotten Harvest. Very special guests included SAG-AFTRA Executive Vice President Rebecca Damon and Sean Hennessy, manager of commercials and Co/Ed contracts in Chicago. Damon shared an informative presentation on the exciting activities and successes of SAG-AFTRA, along with a video that highlighted SAG-AFTRA's five-year anniversary of the merged union. Attendees then proceeded to volunteer for Forgotten Harvest, as they donned protective clothing and packed beans for the many soup kitchens and shelters in our neighborhoods. It was certainly one of our best meetings yet.

Eric Wydra
President, Michigan Local Board

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