Block that merger

Letter to the editor

To the Editor:

Matthew Solari wrote the following in a letter published April 16 in Daily Variety: “You would think the resounding defeat and re-defeat of Valerie Harper and many of her cronies would be a strong message that the majority of the SAG membership rejects their platform.”

One would think! One would also think that the merger vote of 1999 with 52% of the membership voting against the merger and only 43% of the members voting for it would be a strong message that the majority of the SAG membership reject merger.

Mr. Solari, who has three credits to his name on the Internet Movie Data Base, a 49-minute docudrama in 1999, a 6-minute short in black and white in 1998 and an episode of “Mike Hammer: Private Eye” in 1997, obviously has not read the merger documents and like a lot of the members probably won’t.

He, like many others, will rely on the propaganda coming out of 5757 Wilshire, and GMMB, a political spin firm hired by SAG and paid for by members’ dues, while those opposed to this abomination have been denied the right to a “con” statement in this election.

If this merger passes, Mr. Solari, like many other SAG and AFTRA members, will never have careers, or pensions, and those three credits of his will be the highlight of his professional acting life.

Terrence Beasor

Santa Monica

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