SAG board pushes election probe

Prexy Masur's previous rulings overturned

Screen Actors Guild president Richard Masur’s rulings against efforts to renew an investigation into an internal election last fall were overturned Monday.

Board member Eugene Boggs said Tuesday he had achieved a “tremendous victory” in his effort to compel the guild to revive the probe.

Boggs’ motions address his complaint that 55 fellow board members acted improperly in January when they voted to quash further investigation of discrepancies in an election of members to the guild’s national executive committee (Daily Variety, Aug. 9). The matter will be taken up again at a meeting next month of the guild’s Western board members.

Masur said, “I’m fulfilling my duty as the presiding officer to rule out-of-order things that are frivolous or outside the bounds of what the board is there to do.”

Masur said he acted on legal advice when he ruled against Boggs’ motions both on Monday and on two previous occasions.

“How can anyone in that boardroom vote their conscience with a clean mind knowing that any vote they cast could cause them to be charged with serious misconduct?” Masur asked. He said such constraints would be “completely destructive to a deliberative body.”

A labor attorney, Boggs filed a six-page complaint against his colleagues alleging “serious misconduct” and “dereliction of fiduciary responsibilities” in their decision to set aside a special investigator’s conclusion that there likely was “intentional wrongdoing” in the Nov. 16 election.

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