SAG comic, Allen Lulu, has never, as far as I know, played a lawyer in reality or on TV, but that has not stopped him from misinterpreting federal labor law in pursuit of his goal of promoting the SAG-AFTRA merger. Let’s take a closer look at Mr. Lulu’s argument. Maybe we can stop him from bombing during his next appearance in a SAG video. (Click … Continue reading SAG comic falls flat on labor law issue
Over the past few months I have been following closely the proposed merger between the Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA. The logic behind merger, at least in the form proposed now, escapes me. While the pro-merger propaganda package stresses in a colorful format the potential to improve the lives of actors through greater leverage with their employers, there is almost no specific detail on how … Continue reading Rethinking the SAG-AFTRA merger proposal – deck chairs on the Titanic?
The proposal to merge SAG, currently incorporated in California, with AFTRA in a new Delaware non-stock corporation has sparked an intense debate among SAG members. No explanation for the decision to reincorporate in Delaware has been provided by SAG to its members. Yet there are significant differences between California and Delaware corporate law. Non-profit organizations based in California, as is the case with both SAG … Continue reading Is SAG telling members everything they need to know about moving to Delaware?
In what might end up being the biggest case of blowback in Hollywood this season, the pro-merger forces in SAG and AFTRA apparently leaked a 2003 study of union benefit plans in an attempt to bolster their argument for a merger of the two unions. The Mercer Report, prepared in connection with an earlier attempt at merger by an outside consulting group, does start out … Continue reading Leaked Study May Undermine Case for SAG-AFTRA Merger
Making good on its threat over the last few weeks, the ghost of Membership First has risen with figures like Ed Asner, Ed Harris, Anne-Marie Johnson and Martin Sheen leading a group of some 68 actors in a suit aimed at stopping the proposed merger with AFTRA. The core theme of the suit is grounded in the disclosure requirements inherent in federal labor law. The … Continue reading SAG sued over proposed merger with AFTRA
When one steps back from the bitter debate now engulfing the Screen Actors Guild over whether to ratify a proposed merger with sister guild AFTRA, it becomes clear that the motivations for the merger are not necessarily linked to the future success of unions in Hollywood. SAG members have rejected merger in the past, albeit by narrow margins, and many thought the idea off the … Continue reading Tearing up the SAG card: how merger with AFTRA could open the door to a non-union Hollywood
In the category of “you can’t make this stuff up,” AFTRA President Roberta Reardon reportedly told a roomful of SAG members at SAG headquarters in Los Angeles last night that her union could help SAG members sneak around a picket line of striking AFTRA members if the two unions merge. The question came in response to a question from long time SAG leader Anne Marie … Continue reading “Don’t worry about that picket line”: Romney or Reardon?
The Obama team started out using the birth control issue to throw key centrist Catholic Democrats like Bob Casey under the bus. But once that blew up in their faces, they decided to just throw a Catholic Cabinet Secretary under the bus. In this case, Kathleen Sebelius. In the article linked below, the New York Times contends, with only off the record sourcing, that Sebelius, … Continue reading Behind the scenes in the White House birth control battle
Heck, even Amnesty International is critical of Hollywood’s stance on piracy. In Piracy Debate, Is the Sky Falling? – NYTimes.com. Continue reading In Piracy Debate, Is the Sky Falling?
Among the most important considerations that unions have to take into account in today’s rapidly changing economic environment is how to gain a foothold in their industries. With longstanding and stable business models being torn up across the economy this is a real challenge. Modern American unionism was built on a joint relationship with management that formed the core of what was called the Industrial … Continue reading “Leverage” – rethinking the SAG/AFTRA merger’s big myth