AN URGENT MESSAGE REBUTTING: GABRIELLE CARTERIS’ LATEST EMAIL

by Robin Riker @Robin_Riker

Carteris says: "our prosperity and stability are at risk in the current election”

THAT’S THE ONE THING SHE IS CORRECT ABOUT AND IT IS BECAUSE OF DECISIONS APPROVED AND ENDORSED BY CARTERIS AND UFS.

Carteris says, "Thankfully, you have the power to keep our union on a prosperous path”

BUT ONLY IF YOU THINK FOR YOURSELVES, STOP DRINKING THE KOOL-AID BEING SERVED TO YOU BY UFS, EDUCATE YOURSELVES & EXCERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE.

MEMBERSHIP FIRST HAS BEEN WORKING HARD TO BRING YOU THE TRUTH FOR YEARS. THE UFS LED BOARD ROOM AND THE EXECUTIVE STAFF WE PAY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO, HAVE SQUASHED EVERY ATTEMPT BY MEMBERSHIP FIRST TO BRING TRUTH TO THE MEMBERSHIP.

Carteris says. "SAG-AFTRA members demanded merger”:

MEMBERSHIP ALSO DEMANDED TRANSPARENCY REGARDING THE ALL THE FACTS SURROUNDING MERGER AND UFS & THE EXECUTIVE STAFF THEY SUPPORT WITHHELD CRITICAL INFO.

She says, "UFS led the way to our historic merger”.

THE FACTS ARE THAT THE NUMBER OF VOTERS WHO PASSED MERGER ( less than 50% of the entire membership even bothered to vote) DID SO WITHOUT BEING TOLD THAT:

1. MERGER WOULD RESULT IN SPLIT EARNINGS MAKING IT EXTREMELY DIFFICULT FOR MOST ACTORS TO MAKE ENOUGH IN EITHER SAG OR AFTRA TO QUALIFY FOR PENSION CREDITS IN EITHER PLAN.

2. AFTRA WAS ONLY A FEW MONTHS AWAY FROM BANKRUPTCY

3. AFTRA CLAIMED 11,000 MORE PAYING MEMBERS THAN IT ACTUALLY HAD.

4. OUR EXECUTIVE STAFF WAS AWARE OF THESE FACTS YET DELIBERATELY WITHHELD THE INFORMATION FROM THE MEMBERSHIP.

She says: "UFS enabled the health plan merger”

1. AND THEN, RIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,THEY THREW 300 EARLY RETIREES OFF OF THE PLANS AND RAISED THE SENIOR PERFORMERS PREMIUMS BY 230%.

2. UNDER UFS AND THE TRUSTEES THEY APPOINTED, UNION MEMBERS PENSION ACCRUAL RATE UNDER THE SAG PLAN WERE CUT BY NEARLY HALF WHILE STAFF MEMBERS ACCRUAL RATES REMAINED AT THE SAME RATE.

Carteris says: "MF is campaigning to stop TV/Theatrical work again - and have attacked the devoted union staff who serve as our representatives, negotiators and contract enforcers. Unbelievable! "

1. UFS FAILED TO EVEN BRING THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE DEMANDED BY MEMBERS TO THE BARGAINING TABLE DURING THIS LAST CONTRACT NEGOTIATION: CABLE RESIDUALS! UNBELIEVABLE!

2. THE UNION IS A BUSINESS NOT A POPULARITY CONTEST. THE ONLY STAFF MEMBERSHIP FIRST HAS HAD ISSUE WITH ARE THE EXECUTIVES WHO HAVE LIED AND WITHHELD INFO FROM THE MEMBERS THEY ARE PAID, BY OUR DUES, TO SERVE.

3. CONTRACT ENFORCEMENT HAS BEEN ABYSMAL UNDER CARTERIS AND UFS.

She says, “Unite for Strength, we’re your team:”

1. IF UNITING HAD TRULY STRENGTHENED OUR BARGAINING POWER, WHY HAS UFS GIVEN AWAY SO MUCH OF OUR EARNING POWER?

2. WHY DID THEY GO INTO NEGOTIATIONS WITHOUT A STRIKE AUTHORIZATION…A UNION’S ONLY REAL WEAPON?

She says, "We listen to ALL members and are constantly working to strengthen the ways we serve you.”

THEN WHY DID CARTERIS SUPPORT DAVID WHITE WHEN HE SAID ( in a national board meeting) “A LETTER SIGNED BY THOUSANDS…I DON’T CARE,” IN REFERENCE TO A PETITION SIGNED BY OVER 1500 MEMBERS, MANY OF THEM HOUSEHOLD NAMES? 

THE PETITION DEMANDED ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY REGARDING EMBEZZLEMENTS FROM OUR P&H PLANS AND INVESTIGATIONS INTO THEM BY THE DEPT. OF LABOR AND THE DEPT OF JUSTICE.

I SAY : IF YOU WANT REAL RESULTS, A STRATEGY FOR THE FUTURE AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO RETURN TO A ONCE PROUD AND UNITED UNION……. MEMBERSHIP FIRST IS YOUR TEAM.  VOTE AS THOUGH YOUR FUTURE DEPENDS UPON IT BECAUSE IT DOES!

VOTE!

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