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June 7, 2009

Voting No!

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Remember a failure to vote, on this THE WORST CONTRACT IN SAG HISTORY, is the same as a ‘Yes’ Vote!

Here is chance to examine in detail one of the New Media provisions that Sally Field says “will pave the way the way for the future.”

Now the $15,000 dollar a minute threshold to determine if a new media production is union or non-union has been widely debated.  Those in favor of the contract ballyhoo the fact that even if it is under that $15,000 dollar a minute threshold, if it has one ‘covered’ performer it becomes a union production.  Most members immediately assume that they’ll get paid the same as they do under traditional media.  Ahhhh, NO!.

  Let’s go to the contract on that one, page 5 under compensation…

“All terms and conditions of employment, including initial compensation and deferred compensation, if any, will be subject to negotiation between the Producer and the individual performer…”

  So, it may be a SAG UNION contract but when it comes to being paid, there are no minimums except those mandated by the state. 

So, here you are on a new media production with say a name actor like Jason Priestley, who according to the Hollywood reporter will be doing a new online series for WB.com called “The Lake”–and he could be making thousands of dollars a week, and you could be working for state minimum.  Of course, that minimum could also cover “deferred payment,” as stipulated in under the REUSE Clause on page 7 of the contract. 

 
Initial compensation for a Derivative New Media Production shall constitute payment for thirteen (13) consecutive weeks on all free-to-the-consumer, advertise-supported platforms transmitted via New Media…”

 
Now, I ask you what is the real difference between working under a SAG contract with these provisions and working non-union?

But Tom Hanks says “it’s a smart contract,” and Sally Fields say, “It paves the way for the future.”  Well, yes Tom it is a smart contract for a producer like you, and, yes, it does pave the way for the future.  But it is not a future that will allow rank and file actors to make a living as professional actors.

If you have not already voted there still may be time.  But you must get your ballot in NOW!

 ((Ballots must be received at the assigned post office box in Everett , Washington by Tuesday, June 9 at 5 PM. (PDT)

  A.L. Miller SW Editor & Chief 

 
To see the election tallies that AFTRA doesn’t want you to see, go to http://www.sagwatchdog.com

 

Remember a failure to vote, on this THE WORST CONTRACT IN SAG HISTORY, is the same as a ‘Yes’ Vote!

Here is chance to examine in detail one of the New Media provisions that Sally Field says “will pave the way the way for the future.”

Now the $15,000 dollar a minute threshold to determine if a new media production is union or non-union has been widely debated.  Those in favor of the contract ballyhoo the fact that even if it is under that $15,000 dollar a minute threshold, if it has one ‘covered’ performer it becomes a union production.  Most members immediately assume that they’ll get paid the same as they do under traditional media.  Ahhhh, NO!.

  Let’s go to the contract on that one, page 5 under compensation…

“All terms and conditions of employment, including initial compensation and deferred compensation, if any, will be subject to negotiation between the Producer and the individual performer…”

  So, it may be a SAG UNION contract but when it comes to being paid, there are no minimums except those mandated by the state. 

So, here you are on a new media production with say a name actor like Jason Priestley, who according to the Hollywood reporter will be doing a new online series for WB.com called “The Lake”–and he could be making thousands of dollars a week, and you could be working for state minimum.  Of course, that minimum could also cover “deferred payment,” as stipulated in under the REUSE Clause on page 7 of the contract. 

 
Initial compensation for a Derivative New Media Production shall constitute payment for thirteen (13) consecutive weeks on all free-to-the-consumer, advertise-supported platforms transmitted via New Media…”

 
Now, I ask you what is the real difference between working under a SAG contract with these provisions and working non-union?

But Tom Hanks says “it’s a smart contract,” and Sally Fields say, “It paves the way for the future.”  Well, yes Tom it is a smart contract for a producer like you, and, yes, it does pave the way for the future.  But it is not a future that will allow rank and file actors to make a living as professional actors.

If you have not already voted there still may be time.  But you must get your ballot in NOW!

 ((Ballots must be received at the assigned post office box in Everett , Washington by Tuesday, June 9 at 5 PM. (PDT)

  A.L. Miller SW Editor & Chief 

 
To see the election tallies that AFTRA doesn’t want you to see, go to http://www.sagwatchdog.com

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