Leaders vote down changing firm conducting fall elections

Leaders of the Screen Actors Guild narrowly voted down Tuesday a proposal to change the firm conducting this fall’s Guild election in New York.

The proposal, which was defeated 12-10 by the national executive committee, arose as a follow-up to the challenge to last fall’s disputed election. The dispute, which has been taken to the Natl. Labor Relations Board, featured allegations of misconduct by SAG national associate exec director John McGuire and New York exec director John Sucke.

New York branch prexy Lisa Scarola, who has repeatedly clashed with McGuire and Sucke, moved that the task of verifying eligibility and mailing out the ballots be transferred from Mailhandlers to the American Arbitration Assn.

“It’s a fact that John Sucke and John McGuire’s actions in the last three years of NY elections show preference for their handpicked candidates,” she wrote in her motion. “It’s imperative for this union to run honest and fair elections.”

SAG spokesman Greg Krizman said he could not comment on the allegations.

Scarola and five defeated board candidates filed the charges of election misconduct, which included allegations of ballot stuffing and misuse of SAG funds, last November. A SAG election committee dismissed the allegations in February, leading to the NLRB filing.

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