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Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown.

Commented Jan 20, 2012 at 22:35:08 in Entertainment

“Upon merging, the option exists for SAG-AFTRA to retain BOTH the SAG pension plan and the AFTRA pension plan, and once they're under one union they can cooperate and reciprocate in order to solve the dilemma of earnings being split between two plans. This can be done swiftly and inexpensively.

Tom Ligon”

Paul Edney on Jan 23, 2012 at 02:10:36

“Tom Ligon, you don't know what you are talking about - as usual.
Nothing will be swift or inexpensive.”
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In Remembrance of J. Michael Bloom

Commented Feb 28, 2008 at 00:42:25 in Entertainment

“Many many times I have mentioned to other actors that I got the first three commercials Michael sent me on - and invariably their eyes light up and they laugh and say the same thing!”
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The SAG Negotiations: Why George Clooney, Tom Hanks and Others May Have Exercised a Faulty Strategy

Commented Feb 28, 2008 at 00:35:42 in Entertainment

“I love the articles
on the blogs by people who do not
know the recent history of our unions.

A friend of mine asked what was the "2nd best weapon",
following a union's most powerful weapon - a Strike.

I replied that it was Solidarity.

Solidarity - an ingredient sorely missing in the actors' unions today -
who will be negotiating our contracts in a couple of months.

I also stated that without SOLIDARITY
a union would likely be unable to STRIKE.

Now, we come to the primary cause of this disunity,
this lack of solidarity in the actors' unions, SAG and AFTRA.

MembershipFirst
- together with their leaders Doug Allen and Alan Rosenberg -
have been fostering an intense and disruptive war between SAG and AFTRA
- primarily over the issue of jurisdiction -
for the past 12 months,
in spite of the fact that Doug Allen once claimed to know
how to solve these jurisdictional problems "quickly and easily".

This war with AFTRA has clearly divided the membership.
The time would have been better spent in bringing the membership together.
But these SAG leaders miscalculated.
They assumed that they would have the majority behind them.
They have seen that they were mistaken.
'Way wrong.

MembershipFirst has not had a history of fostering unity and solidarity within SAG.
Just the opposite.

So now that MembershipFirst is in the catbird seat
- the leadership of SAG -
guess what?
Some people are upset.
They are angry because they see that
they now lack the very ingredients that would support a strike (our most powerful weapon)
through SAG leaders' own actions and habitual behavior
of fostering disunity and LACK of solidarity within the membership.

It could have been so easy.
It would have been so smart.
But now it is too late.
The die is cast
and they face negotiations with the AMPTP
backed by members of two unions who are -
top to bottom, across the nation, from A-list high earners to rank-and-file -
NOT UNIFIED.
DIVIDED.
SPLIT.

I see what their problem is.
I understand why they are so angry -
but they should be calling Alan Rosenberg and Doug Allen on the carpet,
and focusing their ire and displeasure
upon those who really deserve it.”

MrsWakely on Feb 28, 2008 at 12:31:04

“how about aftra stops lowballing sag on contracts? suits got to aftra "do it for 10?" aftra "yes massah!" suits (to themselves) "dumb bastards. if they hadn't agreed to 10 we would have done it for 20 with sag."
aftra is weak. sag has every right to tell them to cowboy up. this aint charades. this is down and dirty bargaining with the devil. and by the way, sag is not "divided." IF sag strikes, they will have the full, unqualified support of their membership AND the WGA backing them up. aftra needs to grow some balls or get the fuck out of the way.”