A SERIOUS MESSAGE FROM MATTHEW MODINE

WATCH! A special video message from Matthew Modine | Telling the Truth

 

Yesterday, SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris sent every member of our union an email which plainly underscores the politics of personal destruction misrepresenting both Matthew Modine and MembershipFirst candidates & elected leaders who aim to form a more perfect union.

We’ve borrowed their email format to present the facts.  

If Gabrielle Carteris broke the law in our election, does she deserve your vote?

If you haven’t voted yet, you MUST read this story in Deadline Hollywood before mailing your ballot by this weekend’s deadline. If you don’t want to click through, at least read this Deadline Hollywood excerpt:

“The LA Times article makes the false assumption that an unpaid member of the board of directors is an employee. The volatile article could impact the election, dropping when members are voting. His opponent, current SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris, blasted Modine, and now he is firing back.”

 “My friends in New York call it a ‘journalistic hit job. It’s potentially hurtful beyond the campaign – hurtful to my professional career. The standards of journalism for an esteemed paper like the LA Times without doing journalistic due diligence is disappointing … When accusations are made, they have to be proven. You can spend a lifetime building a house, but it only takes one match to burn it down.”

“Asked if Carteris would challenge the election if she loses ... a spokesperson for her campaign told Deadline: “President Carteris and Unite for Strength will consider all available options.”

Gabrielle Carteris claims that Matthew Modine is ill equipped to lead the union because he “can’t follow something as clear as federal labor law” and that he is “putting our union at costly risk of re-running the entire election.”  

Categorically untrue!

Modine, who provided the voiceover, simply linked to NYFA’s Public Service Announcements on the school’s YouTube page which celebrated the talents and virtues of Background Artists, Singers & Dancers and Stunt Performers. Artistry deeply important to Matthew. These PSAs were not contributions to Modine’s campaign, which is what is required under 29 U.S.C. § 481(g) to be a violation of the labor code. Importantly, all candidates, including Carteris, had equal ability to use the PSAs, which were freely available on YouTube.

Misleading & Inaccurate!

It was Gabrielle Carteris, however, who actually couldn’t follow something “as clear as Federal labor law”—when she used union funds and resources, including the official SAG-AFTRA union logo, to create her own campaign election video. This is just one of many of Carteris’ per se labor code violations which are likely to result in the union having to re-run the election.

Here’s just some of Gabrielle Carteris’ troubling election violations:

1. Gabrielle Carteris videos are running on continuous loop within the union's common areas.

2. Gabrielle Carteris’ election video promoting her candidacy utilizes the official SAG-AFTRA logo as introductory artwork implying the Union’s endorsement.

3. Announcement of union elections on the official SAG-AFTRA website with Gabrielle Carteris and her endorser, Alan Alda, prominently highlighted just under the election announcement creating an unfair candidate advantage. (Since taken down in acknowledgement of the violation).

4. Breach of confidentiality regarding the Netflix deal placed within her official 100-word campaign statement which took unfair advantage of confidential insider information.

Enough is enough. It is time to focus on the issues that are important to the members. 

*  Split-Earnings:  An unresolved problem since merger (3/30/2012) has left many members unable to qualify for a pension credit.

*  Pension Inequity:  We believe that all participants in the SAG Pension Plan should accrue & benefit at the same rate. It is inequitable that our staff receives a far superior pension than the members while sharing in the same plan.

Renting vs Owning:  We believe that SAG-AFTRA is throwing good money after bad by spending $6M/year renting just 4 floors of a building in LA.

*Sexual Harassment:  A low sense of urgency by our union has left members feeling unsafe.  We will continue to lead the charge. 

Contract Negotiations:  The latest contract (Netflix) was not negotiated by the Negotiating Committee. Rather, it was staff negotiated. We are a Member-Led Union. This agreement is fraught with problems that include:

a. No TV residual formula increase.   

 b. No increases across the board for background – no increases in numbers, pay or coverage in New Mexico.

 c. We were told that the reason the membership was not allowed to vote to approve the Netflix deal is because it was a “single employer” and didn’t affect a substantial portion of the membership. This violated our Constitution and took away the member’s vote.

With regard to the lie that UFS has spread implying MembershipFirst “cost our SAG members $100M in lost wages and pension contributions”, the truth is that Carteris and UFS have left $100’s of millions in residuals on the bargaining table. They also codified split earnings in the 2014 TV/Theatrical Negotiations and mandating our pension contributions be split 53% to SAG - 43% to AFTRA. What happened to the promise of a merged pension plan?

 

WATCH! JODI LONG | TODAY TOMORROW FOR YOU 

 

These issues demonstrate that Gabrielle Carteris and Unite for Strength have had enough time to lead the world’s largest entertainment union. Given the myriad disappointments, accusations and unanswered questions, along with clear violations of federal labor law – putting our union at costly risk of re-running the entire election, do you trust Carteris to lead our critical TV/Theatrical negotiations on behalf of members?

We cannot continue to go down the road of giveaways.

Matthew Modine, Jodi Long and MembershipFirst are more than ready.

We’re ready because we’re transparent.

We understand the issues that affect all of us.

The importance of residuals. (Especially, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc.)

Pension & health.

Safety on sets.

Intimacy coordinators.

Protecting our travel provisions. (Getting back portal-to-portal)

And reexamining all of the giveaways that have transpired under our current leadership.

It’s time to put strong voices and vision across our bargaining table – with new perspectives and a no nonsense approach. 

Matthew Modine, Jodi Long and MembershipFirst are more than ready.

I would deeply appreciate your vote, if you’re so inclined. Please also consider Jodi Long and the full MembershipFirst team so we can fight for you.

With deep respect and gratitude, - Matthew Modine

MAIL YOUR BALLOT BY AUG 24th!

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LOS ANGELES COMPLETE VOTING GUIDE

National Election (Purple Envelope)

 

NATIONAL PRESIDENT - (2 YEAR TERM VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN ONE)

04. MATTHEW MODINE

 

NATIONAL SECRETARY-TREASURER (2 YEAR TERM VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN ONE)

06. JODI LONG

 

Los Angeles Local Election (Orange Envelope)

PRESIDENT - (2 YEAR TERM VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN ONE)

01. PATRICIA RICHARDSON

 

VICE PRESIDENT - (2 YEAR TERM VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN TWO)

06. FRANCES FISHER

07. DAVID JOLLIFFE

 

LOCAL BOARD MEMBER - ACTOR/PERFORMER & STUNT PERFORMER (2 YEAR TERM VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN FORTY-ONE)

09. MARK A PLANAS

12. PATRICIA RICHARDSON

13. JOHNATHON SCHAECH

17. SHAAN SHARMA

18. GREGG SMRZ

19. ARNE STARR (Independent)

23. JONATHAN TAYLOR THOMAS

32. LISA ANN WALTER

35. PETE ANTICO

36. ED ASNER

38. JESSICA BARTH

39. ROSA BLASI

43. NEVE CAMPBELL

46. JOANNA CASSIDY

55. JOE D’ANGERIO

56. DENNIS DEPEW (Independent)

60. DEBBIE EVANS

61. GREG EVIGAN

64. MARIE FINK

65. FRANCES FISHER

70. MICHELLE JUBILEE GONZALEZ

72. ELLIOTT GOULD

73. PAMELA GUEST

74. RICHARD HADFIELD

75. BRIAN HAMILTON

76. LINDA HARCHARIC

77. LOUIS HERTHUM

78. JENNAE HOVING

80. DAVID JOLLIFFE

81. MATT KAVANAUGH

84. DIANE LADD

85. DONNA LYNN LEAVY

86. JOANNA LEEDS

91. JODI LONG

94. ANTHONY MARCIONA

96. KEVIN MCCORKLE

97. MATTHEW MODINE

98. ESAI MORALES

99. GAYE NELSON

102. RON OSTROW

 

LOCAL BOARD MEMBER – DANCER (2 YEAR TERM VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN ONE)

104. LAMONTE DE CARLO GOODE

 

NATIONAL BOARD MEMBER – ACTOR/PERFORMER & STUNT PERFORMER (4 & 2 YR TERM VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN SIXTEEN)

105. PATRICIA RICHARDSON

106. JOHNATHON SCHAECH

109. JONATHAN TAYLOR THOMAS

112. ED ASNER

114. JESSICA BARTH

115. JENNIFER BEALS

118. NEVE CAMPBELL

120. JOANNA CASSIDY

126. DEBBIE EVANS

128. FRANCES FISHER

133. ELLIOTT GOULD

134. PAMELA GUEST

135. DAVID JOLLIFFE

138. DIANE LADD

139. JODI LONG

144. A MARTINEZ

 

NATIONAL BOARD MEMBER – DANCER (4 YEAR TERM VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN ONE)

147. LAMONTE DE CARLO GOODE

 

CONVENTION DELEGATE – ACTOR/PERFORMER (2 YR TERM VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-SIX)

148. LAURIE PALADINO

152. BRIAN PERRY

153. LAUREN PETERSON

157. MARK A PLANAS

166. LOUIS T SALIBA

169. SARAH SCOTT

172. SHAAN SHARMA

173. SHERMAN

174. NICHOLAS SHRINER

177. CHALENE SLOAN

179. DAVID SOBOLOV

180. JOHN SOLARI

181. KYLIE SPARKS

183. ARNE STARR

185. MARK STEBBEDS

186. BOB STEPHENSON (Independent)

187. ARON STEVENS

188. SCOTT STEWART

190. STEWART STRAUSS

191. JASON STUART

195. ROBERT LEE TAYLOR

198. JONATHAN TAYLOR THOMAS

199. SEAN TOMAZIN

206. BRAD VENABLE

209. BANZAI VITALE

212. LISA ANN WALTER

213. NAOMI WATSON

214. KEVIN E. WEST (Independent)

220. LYNNANNE ZAGER

222. CHERI ADAMS

225. JENNIFER LYNN ANDERSEN

228. ED ASNER

231. GJ BAKHTIARI

233. JESSICA BARTH

234. MICHAEL BELL

238. ROSA BLASI

243. STEVEN H BOZAJIAN

250. MICHAEL PATRICK BRUEN

252. TREVOR BRUNSINK

254. JENNIFER H CALDWELL

255. WILLIAM CALVERT

256. NEVE CAMPBELL

257. JESSE MARTINEZ CARLOS

260. RACHELLE CARSON-BEGLEY

262. JOANNA CASSIDY

267. CYNTHIA LEA CLARK

269. DAVID CLENNON

272. LISA COHEN

274. JOHN CONTENT

281. WENDY E. CUTLER

282. JOE D’ANGERIO

284. JOAN DEL MAR

286. DENNIS DEPEW

287. PETER RJ DEYELL

291. SUSIE DUFF

294. CAITLIN DULANY

296. CATHERINE EADS

297. MAGGIE EGAN

298. CAROLE ELLIOTT

299. DAVID ELSON

304. CAROLINE FEINSTEIN

306. FRANCES FISHER

309. MARGARET ROSE FLORES

311. ELISA GABRIELLI

312. RICK GALLAVAN

317. MARC C GESCHWIND

318. ELLIOT GHERTNER

321. MICHELLE JUBILEE GONZALEZ

323. ELLIOTT GOULD

325. ELIZABETH GUEST

326. NICHOLAS GUEST

327. PAMELA GUEST

328. RICHARD HADFIELD

329. BRIAN HAMILTON

330. KELLY HANSEN

331. LINDA HARCHARIC

332. SAMANTHA HARTSON

334. ALEXANDER MICHAEL HELISEK

336. JACK E. HERMAN

337. LOUIS HERTHUM

342. JENNAE HOVING

345. HEIDI JAMES

346. MARY ELLEN JENNINGS

348. DAVID JOLLIFFE

352. LARRY JOSHUA

356. JAMES EDWARD KARNES

357. MATT KAVANAUGH

360. MOBIN KHAN

364. STEVE KNOLL

366. DIANE LADD

368. STEVE LANZA

371. DONNA LYNN LEAVY

372. JOANNA LEEDS

377. ANDREW K LO

379. JODI LONG

386. LAWRENCE A. MANDLEY

387. ANTHONY MARCIONA

389. RICK MARKMAN

390. A MARTINEZ

394. KEVIN MCCORKLE

399. DAVID MIZZELL

404. ROSEMARY NAPOLI

405. GAYE NELSON

409. JENNIFER LYNN O’HARA

412. ARTHUR ORTIZ

413. RON OSTROW

414. RICK OVERTON

 

CONVENTION DELEGATE – DANCER (2 YEAR TERM VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN ONE)

416. LAMONTE DE CARLO GOODE

 

CONVENTION DELEGATE – STUNT PERFORMER (2 YEAR TERM VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN THREE)

417. GREGG SMRZ

418. PETE ANTICO

419. DEBBIE EVANS


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