Rather than plagerize, I thought I would just post my fellow board member's letter to his membership in Hawaii and you can put my name in where appropriate. Well written Scott!
First, as always, thank you for allowing me to represent your interests on the National Board. I just got back from a (very) quick trip to L.A. to vote on our proposed contracts for Theatrical/ TV and for Basic Cable. Your National Board voted overwhelmingly (by more than 89 percent) to pass the TV/Theatrical and Exhibit A Contracts and send them on to the membership with our recommendation. Likewise, we voted even more overwhelmingly to pass the tentative Basic Cable Agreement and send it on to the membership, too.
Highlights of the tentative agreements (both cable and TV/Theatrical) include:
• The term of the agreement is three years, commencing July 1, 2011.
• A 6 percent wage increase over the term of the agreement, with 2 percent in each of the three years, effective July 1, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
• A 10 percent increase in the current rate of employer contributions paid to the Screen Actors Guild Pension & Health Plans and AFTRA Health & Retirement Funds, bringing the total contribution rate to 16.5 percent effective July 1, 2011. This represents the largest percentage increase and dollar value increase to the plans under these contracts in more than two decades!
The TV/Theatrical proposal also includes:
• Two additional background positions in theatrical and one additional background position in television in the Western Zones.
• An expansion of major role provisions to apply to new pay television series commencing in their second season.
• Expanded union coverage over made for new media productions.
• Increases in the area of money and schedule breaks.
• Improved contract language to increase equal employment opportunities for union performers.
While there are things that could have been better, I voted for this contract because I believe (along with 90 percent of our National Board) that this is the best deal we can get in the current economic climate. At a time when other unions are getting zero percent increases in their contracts, six percent over three years is good. This contract will also give us three years to focus on the best way to merge SAG and AFTRA, so all performers are under one roof. When you receive your ballot in the mail for the proposed agreements, VOTE YES!
If you have any questions about the proposed contracts or wish to give me any input for the National Board, you can reach me through Brenda at the SAG Hawaii Branch office.
Aloha and mahalo!