We've just lost one of the greatest unionists of all time. Our dear friend Scott Wilson passed away today from complications from leukemia. We are devastated & heartbroken. Our deepest condolences to Scott's wife Heavenly. God's speed, Scott.Read More
We at MembershipFirst send our condolences to David White, daughter Sophia and the entire White and Wantanabe families on the passing of Susan Wantanabe White.
In Susan Wantanabe White's honor, MembershipFirst has made a donation to Susan’s Circle, a foundation established in her name and housed within the Liberty Hill Foundation.Read More
The way an AFTRA Retirement participant accrues a pension was changed 10 to 15 years ago… From a percentage of EARNINGS to a percentage of the Employer Contribution.
In the last TV/Theatrical Agreement, a new thing happened.
This is where a percentage of a wage increase is moved over from going into the Member’s pocket, to becoming an increased employer contribution. That’s not unusual.
What IS unusual is. . . The increase in the AFTRA Retirement Contribution is now not realized by the individual participant. Their wage increase is invaded to increase the contribution, but the participant doesn't get the Retirement increase. It’s given straight to the Plan.
The SAG Pension Plan accrues differently.Read More
My approach as a documentary filmmaker is to see life through the lens of curiosity and to capture stories that go beyond the limitations of human behavior and into the depths of the human soul.
Recently I spent 2 months filming in India, living in the villages of Tamil Nadu and the Thar Dessert of Rajasthan. Being a woman film director from Los Angeles at certain times offered some opposing but respective points of view on how the story could be told. It was a process of discovery and reflection of our current global push toward understanding the essence of human connection.Read More
"Safety is the word for the year and our union is pushing forward with several initiatives to protect our members."- Jane AustinRead More
by Peggy Lane O'Rourke
I was a ten-year-old actor when I earned my SAG card doing commercials in Chicago. . SAG was my parent union. I joined AFTRA and Actors Equity soon after. If you had told me then I would be a Hollywood Board member alongside union activists like Ed Asner, Martin Sheen and Frances Fisher, I never would have believed you. Yet, here I am, all these years later, serving on five union committees, and even writing a blog.Read More
Donna Russo steps into two new roles at #SAGAFTRA. Ms. Russo stars in "Donna On The Go" - a Web Series designed to raise awareness for people with challenges. "Donna On The Go" is a light hearted look at some of them.Read More