SAG-AFTRA New York Theatrical Contracts staff broke out their passports for a trip to Montreal for an educational seminar with the Directors Guild of Canada. Director of Theatrical Contracts Stephanie Perry and Manager of Theatrical Contracts Leif Larson gave a presentation on the SAG Codified Basic Agreement for DGC members, trainees, and representatives from ACTRA (the Canadian actors’ union).
Many SAG-AFTRA members go north of the Great Lakes for employment, and their SAG-AFTRA contract protections go with them. As a result, DGC assistant directors and unit production managers must be familiar with the provisions of our contract, and the May 24 seminar was a perfect way to address this need.
The presentation covered the various differences between contract provisions governing the employment of SAG-AFTRA members working in Canada versus those governing local ACTRA members, including turnaround time, overtime and rules for minor performers. “DGC members were eager to learn about the details of our contract to insure compliance and cooperation on both sides,” commented Perry. “This was our first presentation with the Directors Guild of Canada, and it was a huge success. I look forward to making it a regular event.”
SAG-AFTRA members should note that their contract protections follow them wherever they work in the world. If you have any questions about working overseas, call the union for details.
Membership Meeting Recap
Over 200 enthusiastic members attended the New York Local’s Spring Membership Meeting on April 29 — the very first membership meeting held at the new office at 1900 Broadway. The occasion was marked by appearances from special guests President Ken Howard and National Executive Director David White. New York Local President Mike Hodge presided over the meeting and noted that the meeting represented something of an experiment, introducing a new location, time, agenda and format.
To accommodate the robust turnout, members were seated in two rooms (the boardroom and the multipurpose room) and connected by videoconference. After hearing the traditional reports from staff, elected leadership and invited guests, members were offered the choice of two “breakout” rooms. In the boardroom, members were able to hear reports from AFTRA Health & Retirement and SAG Pension & Health, and were given a chance to ask questions about the anticipated merger of the two plans, as well as other topics. In the multipurpose room, members heard brief presentations from each of the contracts departments about what the union could offer and how to learn more.
Members filled the boardroom at 1900 for the Spring Membership Meeting
Howard spoke about the (at-the-time-upcoming) TV/Theatrical Contract negotiations. White reported on the promising financial outlook of the union, as well as the vastly improved residual check processing times. Several local committees gave presentations on the many available programs and classes, and both the AFTRA Foundation and the SAG Foundation reminded members of the many benefits available to them. The Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund, The Actors Fund and the Actors Federal Credit Union all gave reports on their respective services.
The response from the members was overwhelmingly positive, with many praising the new format. Many appreciated the chance to expand their knowledge about specific contracts and union benefits.
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