SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris And Challenger Matthew Modine Accuse Each Other Misleading Members As Election Heats Up

Membership First, which opposed SAG’s merger with AFTRA in 2012, was once the guild’s ruling faction. They left SAG without TV and theatrical contracts for over a year, resulting in earnings and benefit contribution losses of over $100 million. So, all these years later, those loses are still being dealt with.” And those massive losses didn’t just hurt everyone working under those contracts. “Membership First is a failed leadership,” Carteris said. “They created a very large and very negative impact. It also damaged our benefit plans and our union as a whole. They failed to negotiate numerous contracts, and the failure they most want to distract you from…is their disastrous handling of the TV and theatrical contracts when they were last in charge.
When I first announced my candidacy, I was having breakfast in a restaurant and a man sat down at my table and said, ‘You know you’ve already lost. You think they’re going to allow a man talking about transparency and morals to lead the largest entertainment union in the world? I’ve always loved a good David and Goliath story.” See his video here. “We know that to succeed in this business, we have to first conquer our fears. Modine, accusing Carteris of campaigning on “the politics of fear,” acknowledged in his video that he is the underdog. Never forget that this is a multi-billion dollar industry. You’re fighting samurai swords with butter knives.’ And then he left.
Ballots went out on July 29, but Modine’s camp says that “social media is filled with many who have not received their ballots.” SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris and challenger Matthew Modine have released dueling videos accusing each other of attempting to mislead the union’s members as they vote in the guild’s ongoing election.
Two other candidates – Abraham Justice and Queen Alljahye Searles – are also in the race.” /> 28. Jane Austin, the union’s current secretary-treasurer, is also running for president as an independent. Ballots will be counted on Aug.
Instead of answering the questions, she has responded with false and misleading accusations.” “Our union’s current leader, Gabrielle Carteris, has been asked a number of legitimate questions that concern the welfare of our members. “From the beginning of this campaign, my goal has been to make sure every member of the union is represented with honesty and integrity,” Modine said in his latest video.
Those contract wins haven’t just provided years of pay increases and improved working conditions across our union. Carteris, running on the Unite for Strength slate, said “It’s remarkable to me to hear them criticizing out staff, who’ve been an essential part of the many successful and frequently ground-breaking contracts under our leadership. They’ve also put our benefit plans on a more secure footing, thanks to the substantial gains in employer contributions we’ve bargained.”
Another is what he’s called the “repugnant” disparity in pensions between the union’s members and its staff. One of the issues he wants to discuss with Carteris is what he views as the guild’s inadequate response to sexual harassment and assault in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
That’s a distraction no one should fall for.” And for them to attack our staff and elected leaders who cleaned up their mess, and who have consistently taken actions to put our union and our benefit plans on a strong, prosperous path – shame on them. They damaged our union and endangered our benefits. Membership First, she said, “didn’t just hurt individual members.
Modine, who’s running at the head of the opposition faction’s Membership First slate, said he’s “happy to meet with Ms. Carteris in an open forum to discuss these issues because our membership deserves a good-faith conversation and answers to the questions.”
Some are blatant attempts to mislead you, and others are desperate attempts to distract you. And that is not a boast. Our staff pensions help us attract and retain the top talent, who are an essential part of SAG-AFTRA securing the industry-leading contracts you rely on. These are dedicated professionals who work every day to strengthen the working lives of our members, and their contributions are a key reason that earnings under our contract are at an all-time high. It’s a simple fact.”  See her video here. One of those is Membership First’s attack on the pensions earned by our union’s staff, and it’s right out of their usual playbook. By focusing on an issue that actually has a positive impact for members, they’re hoping to distract you from their terrible record of failures that seriously hurt our union. “Well, it’s union election time,” Carteris told members in her video, “which means your email inbox and social media accounts are filling up with all sorts of attacks.
In an email accompanying her video, she also touted the many other gains achieved during her presidency, including “over $1 billion in game-changing contracts”; the new commercials contract; the new Netflix contract; organizing Telemundo; confronting sexual harassment in the workplace; record high member earnings, and the successful end to the nearly one-year strike against the video game industry; and the 10-month strike against the Bartle Bogle Hegarty ad agency.

SAG-AFTRA Pickets BBH’s Non-Union Samsung Ad Shoot

The picketing is just the latest action against BBH by the union, which has included mass rallies outside the ad agencies offices, the filing of unfair labor practices charges, and shaming – all of which is part of SAG-AFTRA’s Ads Go Union campaign to organize non-union productions.
“This is now BBH’s new normal until they honor their contract,” said SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris. Whenever BBH wants to shoot non-union, we’ll be there because this is the new normal and we want them to know that we see you. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: SAG-AFTRA is not going anywhere.” “Moving forward, they can expect our presence at their commercial shoots.
The labor action comes as the union continues negotiating with the ad industry for a new commercials contract. That contract expires on March 31, and the ad industry is known to be speeding up production of union commercials before that deadline and a possible strike.
SAG-AFTRA members have been instructed not to accept any work for BBH, which the union says “is illegally attempting to abandon its union contract and evade its responsibility to always shoot union commercials, pay fair wages, contribute to performers’ pension and health benefits, guarantee safe sets and commit to the responsible and respectful use of performers’ images, voices and performances.”” />
SAG-AFTRA has taken its ongoing strike against the Bartle Bogle Hegarty ad agency to a quiet neighborhood street in Brentwood, picketing outside a house there where BBH is shooting a non-union commercial for Samsung. The agency had been signatory to SAG-AFTRA’s contract for nearly 20 years but said in September that it was going non-union.
“The support of our growing activist network, which spans the industry, was instrumental in providing the information necessary for swift and effective action.” “Our determined and united membership successfully picketed BBH’s shoot,” said David White, the union’s national executive director.

SAG-AFTRA “Bake Sale” To Mock Bartle Bogle Hegarty Ad Agency In Ongoing Strike

We are simply looking to level the playing field for all of us. The cutting-edge work we do at BBH US across all mediums is not well-served by a contract that was designed for a traditional media landscape. “We are hired to operate in the best interests of our clients, and part of that is being able to deliver the greatest level of flexibility and value for the work we do. “We do not expect the strike to have any noticeable impact on our company or any ongoing client work, especially as we have been a non-signatory to the SAG-AFTRA contract since November 2017,” the ad agency said last month. BBH had been signed to SAG-AFTRA’s Commercials Contracts since 1999 but says it decided not to renew its signatory status. The current contract was put in place nearly 20 years ago, when the Internet was in its infancy and the advertising world was a vastly different place, with vastly different economics. The need for speed, agility, and greater efficiencies in how we produce work has become increasingly important in today’s market. Many of our peer agencies are not signatories, making it hard to compete sustainably in a way that benefits our clients.”
offices. Thursday's event will be the second mass protest since the 160,000-member union went on strike against BBH last month after the ad agency said it was no longer a signatory to the union’s contract. The strike is part of its ongoing efforts to combat nonunion commercial production. On September 27, nearly a thousand boisterous SAG-AFTRA members picketed the ad agency’s L.A.
We invite you to join us in NY for an action on Thursday, Nov. They are attempting to abandon the agreement and the performers who have worked with them under this contract for two decades. “Despite being signed to the SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contracts for almost 20 years,” she told the membership, “they now claim our union agreement doesn’t apply to them – they want to pick and choose as they please. Thousands of members are making their voices heard around the country. 1.” Walking out on working performers is unacceptable and we will not back down.
SAG-AFTRA will hold a mock “bake sale” next week outside the New York offices of Bartle Bogle Hegarty to raise money for the ad agency “because they claim they can’t afford union talent.”
These and other changes allow significant flexibility in the creation of social media and digital ads. Union leaders responded by saying that “if BBH had been paying attention, they would know SAG-AFTRA negotiated the Social Media Waiver into the contract two years ago. The industry loves them. These changes have helped top agencies successfully adapt to an evolving ad industry.”” /> Even more noteworthy, the union launched the popular Low Budget Digital Waiver a year ago.
“Because this global ad agency says it can no longer pay actors a fair wage or ensure safe working conditions, we’re helping them out with a BBH Bake Sale,” SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris told her members today.