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June 2, 2009

Unite For Strength: Their Goal (Mar. 13, 2009)

Filed under: Entertainment — showbizreporting @ 10:38 pm
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End the fruitless war against AFTRA and create a united front of actors to fight for more working opportunities and better pay. The less unified we are in dealing with our employers, the weaker our position. That’s obvious to everyone but Membership First. Five years ago 58% of SAG members voted in favor of a plan to consolidate the two unions, just 2% short of the necessary 60%. Soon after the vote, a professional, independent poll of the members found that 79% wanted to find a way to merge. But Membership First board members controlling SAG since then have done the opposite: they’ve driven the unions farther apart, turning them into virtual enemies. No union has ever won a better deal for workers by sowing division within their own ranks. We will turn that around so that the next time we negotiate this contract, everyone who works in front of a camera or microphone for our employers is on the same team.

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