Jul 16, 2020
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020, SAG-AFTRA members will be voting either “Yes” or “No” on the proposed 2020 TV/Theatrical Contract. While the SAG-AFTRA National Board has been pushing for a “Yes” vote from members, today’s guests will discuss the ways in which they feel the union has failed to disclose the whole story and exactly what this contract will mean for performers in the entertainment industry moving forward.
In our current COVID-19 world, the need for performers has only increased as people turn to film and television for relief during an ongoing global health pandemic. Today, I sit down with actors and longtime SAG-AFTRA members, David Jolliffe, Sean Astin, and Shaan Sharma as they discuss the intricacies of the contract and how it lead to the development of the “Get Out the No” campaign in an effort to educate voters about the various ways in which the contract will affect performers in terms of income and residual payments, health and pension considerations, on set safety provisions and much more.
With so much still unknown as to when the film industry will reopen and resume work, today’s conversation is an important one. It brings into question how we as actors can continue to make a living as performers from the early stages of our careers, to well into our older years. Today’s guests are advocating for union members to be given what they deserve as valued members of the industry and ask us to consider the question, “At what point do you finally say no?”
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