SAG-AFTRA Accuses Hollywood of Cheating Actors on Travel

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SAG-AFTRA has warned its members that Hollywood studios may be short-changing actors on the travel provisions of its master contracts.

In a message to members Wednesday, the union said that the travel provisions of the contracts did not change during this year’s negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and with TV networks.

SAG-AFTRA did not name a specific production. The AMPTP was not immediately available for comment.

“It’s important that you know that producers may not unilaterally rewrite these rules,” the alert said. “SAG-AFTRA intends to vigorously defend this contract provision using all means available. We are addressing this matter directly with the studios to ensure the proper administration of this provision in our agreement.”

SAG-AFTRA also said performers working on location should review carefully their time sheets and call sheets, and immediately advise the union of any discrepancies they find.

“We appreciate member inquiries about this issue and will keep you apprised as the situation unfolds,” the missive concluded.

During negotiations in 2010, SAG and AFTRA — which had not yet merged — agreed to eliminate the long-standing requirement that air transportation must be first class for sets less than 1,000 miles away. In exchange, SAG and AFTRA achieved 2% annual increases to minimum-wage rates and a hike in the health and pension contributions from 15% to 16.5%.

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  1. Nanny Mo says:

    If Saggy’s smaller actors ever figure out how hard their union makes it for Indie (non-studio) companies to hire them, they would demand change. It’s okay for big actors and expensive studios, but SAGgy is no friend to small actors. The sad thing is that small actors are too star-struck by their union to know that it keeps them down.

    • Eddie says:

      As an independent film maker and sag member I can say that while sag can be a PITA to deal with, they do not make it impossible.

      DGA does make it much easier, and SAG needs to revamp their system and could learn a lot from how DGA does it.

      That being said, producers love to use the “sag makes it too hard” as a bs excuse to cheat actors out of residuals, p&h, and other benefits.

  2. Studios cheat actors?? Naaaah!

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