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Screen Actors Guild Members File Lawsuit To Stop SAG-AFTRA Merger!

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SAG AFTRA lawsuit

This isn't good!

There are a few SAG members that are NOT keen on the idea of a SAG-AFTRA merger, so they've filed a lawsuit today asking the court for a preliminary and permanent injunction to stop SAG from calling for a vote on the whole issue.

Here's what the suit claims:

'The suit claims that the SAG Board has breached its fiduciary duties to conduct an actuarial impact study detailing the effects of the proposed merger on SAG membership pension and health benefits. The complaint was filed in U.S. District Court, Central District of California.'

And here is what the people who are upset are saying about it:

“We have spent almost two months negotiating with SAG in an effort to get them to present the truth regarding this merger plan. Member are entitled to full disclosure, not half truths and misleading and unsupported promises. They have done nothing of substance to support their claims that the proposed merger will protect SAG member benefits. The average SAG member makes less than $10,000 per year. They need to know that all necessary due diligence was done to protect them.”

“We believe the defendants made this announcement in order to thoroughly saturate the media with pro-merger propaganda, avoiding any balancing information which would allow SAG members to intelligently evaluate the issues prior to voting. If an uninformed membership approves this merger, and then we all learn that it will have crippling, negative effects, it will be too late for anything to be done to return SAG or its current pension and health plans back to their current status.”

Ugh, sounds like a mess!

We wouldn't wan to be anywhere near this crazy storm…

It should be said, however, that we do hope everything is worked out and nobody gets the short end of the stick because of all of this. That would be horrible, especially for those member making very little money!

Wonder what's gonna happen!

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6 comments to “Screen Actors Guild Members File Lawsuit To Stop SAG-AFTRA Merger!”

  1. 1

    They have to merge; THEY'RE BROKE. Little old ladies in the Actor's Old Folk's Home are being fed Food-Bank discards & have to recycle their adult diapers….

    Yeah, it's THAT BAD!

  2. 2

    Natalie Schafer ( Lovie Howell of Gilligan's Island) donated her entire estate to the Actor's Old Folk's Home and every penny went for the Head-Honcho's bonuses & their pension padding.

  3. 3

    you say " This isn't good!" why whould you say this asswipe?? people want to be informed and to have their questions answered before they vote on something that will have a MAJOR effect on their lives.. WHAT "ISN'T GOOD" about that??

  4. 4

    Okra Panfry's Bucket-O-Wings says,, more of her ignorant crap. seriously darling, please get some professional help before all of your self-hate erupts and you pull a successful suicide attempt.

  5. 5

    SAG members have been fighting this for years. I totally agree that merging unions that have different membership requirements (SAG Talent work time, AFTRA buying your way in) will only cause huge resentment and trouble.

  6. 6

    To my disappointment, I set through a Ed Harris YouTube'd poorly scripted argument of his "no-merg" stance and the reasons of such. Man, how can you (Ed) be such a great actor, yet a total poo-poo head? Here's the deal to all you anti-growth kinda people… The days of Unions being "pitted" at one another are coming to a rest. The day of seeing fellow actors fall short of stimulating benefits are coming to a halt as well as the majority of actors work is split between SAG and AFTRA and don't make enough in either union to qualify. And, if this portion alone, if looked at in-of-itself, how is that portion of the pro-merg at all subject to interpretation? Simply (and sadly) what I'm seeing and hearing (in a nutshell), is the anti-merg campaign is coming from a select minority; majoritively SAG actors, whom find themselves better equipped to lesson those of the AFTRA counter-part to substantiate their mindless fear of a over-saturated market. Shame on you.~L