A Message from SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles President Jane Austin

Dearest SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles Members:

It is with a heavy heart that I write to you today to send my thoughts and prayers to all our union brothers and sisters who have been affected by the wildfires burning across California, especially those who have lost so much. Profound thanks are owed to all the firefighters and first responders who, in the face of danger to themselves, continue to rush in to save the lives of our community.  

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It’s a Sad Day For the SAG-AFTRA Family

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.

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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.

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Documentary filmmaker Julianne Reynolds teams with The Global Watch Foundation

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.

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From Child Actor to Hollywood Board Member

 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. 

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