Sunday, September 29, 2013

SAG-AFTRA Convention

The new combined union wraps up its convention.

More than 350 delegates, officers and guests on Sunday brought down the curtain on SAG-AFTRA’s first combined convention.

“What we have done this weekend is beginning the shape of our foundation,” said newly elected national executive vice president Gabrielle Carteris in closing remarks at the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

“We have listened, we have debated, we have worked through interests and concerns. What we have done has created a framework to better members’ lives. I believe we have begun a proud and enduring legacy upon which our later generations will reflect and benefit.”

They also have the usual troubles all American labor unions have in 21st century corporatist America. They are on the fuzzy end of the popsicle stick power-wise, so they have to be creative as all get-out.

SAG-AFTRA also has to contend with contract talks next year, and disgruntled members suing them over foreign residuals. But if there wasn't wrangling in and around the House of Labor, it wouldn't be the House of Labor.

Add On: Then there are LGBT issues.

A survey of SAG-AFTRA members found that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender actors continue to face discrimination when looking for work, though opportunities are increasing. ...

Almost half of gay and lesbian respondents strongly agreed that producers and studio bosses think it's harder to market LGBT performers. About 27% of bisexual participants strongly agreed.

Bias over sexual orientation also appears to influence what roles performers seek and accept. The survey said the fast majority of heterosexual actors have never played an LGBT character, while most gay and lesbian performers have. ...


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