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Official publication of the Philadelphia Local of The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

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ast summer, a musician I knew from my radio show Street Beat, (WMMR 1986-96) invited me to record a poem for a children’s CD he was producing. Steve Pullara is a children’s performer, and created the CD around the theme of bullying. I thought it would be nice to be on a CD and didn’t think much more about it. The next thing I knew, the CD All About Bullies… Big and Small was nominated for a Grammy, and I was on my way to Los Angeles with 15 others to see if we would take the Grammy home. Our award was to be presented in a pre-televised ceremony at the Los Angeles Convention Center, right next to the Staples Center where the big Grammys show was held several hours later. When it was announced that our CD won, we all jumped up and went on stage to accept. I won’t actually get the Grammy trophy – the producers will. I’ll get a certificate, but will always be able to say that I’m a Grammy award winning voiceover artist. It was the trip/experience of a lifetime! Most importantly, the award will bring attention to the CD that was designed to create positive change around the issue of bullying.To hear and/or purchase, go to:

(L-R Back Row) Producers Jim Cravero, Gloria Domina, Kevin Mackie, Steve Pullara, (L-R Front Row) musician Oran Etkin, singer Whitney Peyton and spoken word artist Cyndy Drue.

The AFTRA Holiday Party 2011 was held at Chilli’s on City Avenue in Bala Cynwyd on December 14, 2011.There was food and fun, and many new faces as staffers from stations located in the area were able to easily attend.

Lynn Koenigsberg

Tina Stoklosa

Photos by Chuck Varesko

The Last AFTRA Holiday Party?

Marguerite Mastromatto, Carol Anne Mueller, Alexis Franklin, and Margo Joseph.

Michele Dooley

Chuck Varesko and Catherine Brown

Paul Kurtz

Blair Wilson and Ed Fischer

The Crowd

J. Emerson McGowan

Volieda Webb

Christy Springfield

Lisa Roman and Cecil Parker

Matt Myers and Ted Feldenkreis

Monica Robinson & Jericka Duncan

Susan Moses Continued on page 6

SESSIONS Official publication of the Philadelphia American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

CAST & CREW Editor

Shelley Figures

Contributing Editors

Stephen Leshinski Chuck Varesko

STAFF Executive Director

Stephen Leshinski

Associate Executive Director

Shelley Figures

Contracts/Signatory Admin.

Lynn Koenigsberg

Benefits & Membership Admin.

Michele Dooley


Catherine Brown

1st Vice President

Chuck Varesko

2nd Vice President

Dick Sheeran


Cyndy Drue


Ed Fischer

Board Members

Rob Charry, Sam Clover, John Di Domenico, Paul Kurtz, Sylvia Kauders, Tom McNutt, Susan Moses, M.J. Myers, Bill Shusta, Christy Springfield, Volieda Webb NATIONAL BOARD MEMBER

Bill Shusta


230 South Broad St., Suite 500 Philadelphia, PA 19102 215.732.0507 Read Sessions Online at:

PRESIDENT’S REPORT By Cathernine Brown

Our Future


n past issues of Sessions I’ve used this space to review and preview plans and programs and to ask you to share your ideas and volunteer your time to help AFTRA better serve our members. At this history-making moment, it’s all about the future – our future together, stronger than ever before! By now you’ve no doubt heard something about SAG-AFTRA. The merger of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Screen Actors Guild will create a bigger, new, forward-thinking union with a powerful voice fighting for better wages, working conditions and benefits. “New” does NOT mean that the former G1 (Group for One Union Committee) settled on a plan that will leave behind principles, practices – or the people – that have served us well.  But it has become clear that continuing to operate as two separate unions would not be in our best interests. Please take time to carefully read the documents that are coming with your SAG-AFTRA merger ballot.  Actually they’re on line now for you to study at www.SAGAFTRA. org.  There’s a merger plan, a constitution, dues structure, details about local and national officers and governance, guidance about improving our benefit plans and developing a new union culture.  It won’t be AFTRA and it won’t be SAG. It’s your duty to be an informed voter on the most important decision you may ever be asked to make about your union and your future work as actors, performers, broadcasters and recording artists.  Ask all of your questions about merger if you get a call from a fellow member or you can call toll-free (855) SAG-AFTRA / (855) 724-2387.   Don’t forget that ‘dual-cardholders’ (‘in good financial standing’ in both AFTRA and SAG) have TWO votes!  Each union must have a 60% percent “yes” vote for approval. I’m voting “yes.” I’m excited about taking the next giant leap into the future with you, as members of SAG-AFTRA One Union! It’s not just your union – YOU are the union. In Solidarity, Catherine

In Memorium — Herb Clarke


ormer NBC 10 weatherman Herb Clarke passed away on January 8, 2012. The beloved TV legend died from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease at 84. Gerry Wilkinson, Chairman of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia, said that Clarke died at an assisted living facility in Bryn Mawr, Pa. where he had lived since 2004. Clarke was a weatherman at NBC 10 for 40 years, and he also did duty as news anchor and as host of various series and special programs. Clarke began his broadcast career in 1948 in his hometown of Eden, North Carolina, and he worked at a radio station and television station in Richmond, Virginia prior to joining NBC 10. Clarke had a degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and served in the United State Navy. Clarke served as President of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia between 19881989. In 1994 he was inducted into their Hall of Fame. Clarke was also the very first recipient of the AFTRA Philadelphia Local’s Bill Evans Award for Service to AFTRA. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, their three children and three grandchildren, according to the family. 

THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR By Stephen Leshinski

AFTRA Philadelphia Executive Director


ith all of the excitement of the pending merger vote it’s easy to forget that the merger isn’t the end of the campaign; it’s actually the beginning. The whole point of merger is to increase our power and leverage for our members and their families.  So what happens after a successful ratification vote? The last 18 months of tri-union events have already laid the groundwork for merging the memberships.  Whether it’s a conversation with Forest McClendon, financial planning with Sandra Karas, or audio-books training with Rich Ferrone, we’ve seen the value of joining forces in the Philadelphia market.  And the energy of our last two Labor Day parades is just one more example. On an operations level, staff already regularly communicate and coordinate - now we’ll just save money on cell phone bills.  And half of each Board are on or have been on the other Board at some time so no one should be a stranger to how the other sides lives. This isn’t to anyway minimize the vastness of the change that we’ll be facing; it’s just to make the point that in many ways we’ve been operating as a merged union, at least on a local level.  But with a successful ratification we’ll have the full force of the two combined organizations behind us, making the whole greater than the sum of its parts. And for people who say that they do not want’s too late!  Things are changing all the time.  Companies are bought and sold.  The stock market and housing markets crashed.  Technology makes it easier and easier to produce quality content - much of it nonunion.  The merger is a step towards pro-active change in our favor - and that’s the difference. Now is the time to get educated.  If you’re a broadcaster, understand how this helps you get a better union contract (it does).  If you’re a sound recording artist, understand how this helps with your royalties and residuals (it will).  If you’re an actor, understand how this is one step closer to no longer splitting earnings and no longer paying two sets of dues. SAG-AFTRA is not our ultimate destination; it’s the organization we use to get there.

JUST THE FACTS A Letter From Roberts Reardon and Ken Howard to the AFTRA and SAG Memberships Dear AFTRA and SAG Members: As you know, merger referendum ballots are scheduled to be mailed on or about Feb. 27 – but members of both unions now have access to the complete merger documents online. Full printed merger documents will also be mailed to each voter with the referendum ballot, which will be due for return on March 30. This will give each member ample time to make a thoughtful and well-informed decision. Please click the links to the right to view the SAG-AFTRA Merger Agreement, SAG-AFTRA Constitution and the Health and Retirement/Pension & Health Feasibility Report. As a reminder, watch for the launch of the new joint website to provide members all the information they’ll want to consider before casting their votes. The website will include complete merger details, FAQs, and a comprehensive calendar of events to alert members nationwide to informational meetings and other opportunities for learning about the plan. Watch your email later this week for details of the website launch.

Get the Merger Facts Online The Merger Agreement The SAG - AFTRA Constitution The P&H&R Feasibility Report Click the titles to download pdf documents. (Requires Internet connection.)

After more than a year of intensive work, we are extremely proud to bring you this historic opportunity. We also want to acknowledge the ceaseless dedication of the AFTRA and SAG members and staff who came together as the Group for One Union (G1) to produce this remarkable plan. We look forward to sharing all the details and answering any questions you may have. Finally, we are confident that AFTRA and SAG members will embrace this singular chance to harness the true power of unity, and that SAG-AFTRA will protect members and shape the entertainment and media industries for decades to come. In unity, Roberta Reardon, President AFTRA Ken Howard, President Screen Actors Guild 

BROADCAST BEAT — News From Our Shop Stewards cept), and Rhea Hughes for making this annual event the spectacle it has turned into. And we mean that in a good way, of course. By Neil Rattigan If flipping to the FM dial (94.1) this past Labor Day wasn’t enough, 94WIP is now the co-flagship station (along with sister station wo notable departures in the Eyewit1210AM) for the Phils, who will be heard on the FM band for the first ness Newsroom. Anchor/Reporter Dave time. WIP couldn’t be more excited, as the Phils begin their 130th Huddleston is now at WSB Atlanta, season in Philadelphia, Manager Charlie Manuel will continue to where he anchors the morning news. I-Team Reporter Jim Osdo Lunch with Charlie with the midday guys, Mike and Ike, (Miman has also left to pursue other opportunities. One new on-air chael Barkann and Ike Reese) from Ponzio’s Diner, on a monthly basis. hire — Diana Rocco, is our newest General Assignment ReBy the way, if you recognize the voice who does the Ponzio’s spots on porter. Her latest stop was WHDH Boston. Six p.m. Producer radio, it’s former longtime KYW sports reporter Phil Neuman.  Adam Wohlman leaves the AFTRA rank and file for a promoWe are happy to report that Eytan Shander’s girlfriend Danition as Executive Producer. Newest Producer is Amanda Burge.  elle Haese, is continuing her recovery from a tragic parasailing acciShe comes to us from sister CBS O&O WCCO Minneapolis, where dent in St. Thomas in November. Eytan has spent his free time by her she produced the late newscast. Two part-time writers are on staff.  side as she recovers, though he continues to work in several different Lena Vanier most recently worked at NBC 10. Kelly Lobb places at once. In addition to sports talk on Sunday nights at WIP, Eymost recently worked at 6 ABC. The newest member of the Eyewittan also is a part-time sports anchor at our sister station in New York, ness News family already knows how to meet a deadline. Melina WFAN, and does anchoring and talk at Sirius XM’s Mad Dog Radio. Eleni Simmoneau arrived on her due date, February 3.  Her dad is New to the cast of WIP part-timers at night doing sports talk are Anchor/Reporter Ben Simmoneau. Ricky Ricardo, who is part of the Phils’ Spanish language broadcast team and also does radio in New York City, and Spike Eskin, who writes for the CBS Philly website as well.

CBS 3 News


Total Traffic Net By Randy Chepigan and Sam Clover


ur newly-named Total Traffic Network Philadelphia shop (formerly Metro Traffic) has been busy, to say the least. Our new name signals the completion of several months of transition, begun late in April 2011 when Metro Traffic was purchased by Clear Channel. We had agreed in good faith to extend our Collective Bargaining Agreement by six months while these transitions were worked through, so we’re currently in the midst of negotiations nationally with Clear Channel, involving all 11 of our AFTRA shops around the country.  Meanwhile, we have welcomed more new members to our shop, as Clear Channel’s five original Total Traffic employees have joined thirty two in the original Metro Traffic bargaining unit. We look forward to working together to continue providing the best in traffic information, personality-driven voice reports and data streams, and we look forward to achieving a fair and appropriate new contract with our new company.


By Robb Charry


IP held another wildly successful Wing Bowl 20 on February 3rd. World famous eating champ Takeru Kobayashi, in his first Wing Bowl, did not disappoint, downing 337 wings which obliterated the old record of 255. South Jersey’s Jonathan “Super” Squibb, a three time champ himself, came in 2nd by eating 271 wings. He vowed to train harder and try to reclaim his crown next year.  Big ups to WIP’s morning team of Angelo Cataldi, Al Morganti, (who came up with the con-


By Clinton Petty


he staff at WPHT congratulates Mike Viso as he leaves for Lynchburg, Virginia to do play by play for a minor league baseball team. His well earned departure opens up multiple opportunities for other up and coming producers at 1210. Eric Strain will succeed Mike as Producer for the Dom Giordano Show while Sandro Anello and Ron Patrick will take over for Eric as Producers of the Gary R’Nell Show. In addition to all the changes, we also welcome Chris Hart and Kelly Rigler to the staff since the last update.

AFL-CIO Meeting News

By Cecil Parker

Hello, fellow Unionites! The AFL-CIO meeting at the Atlantic City Sheraton on February 5-7 was fast paced, informative and often emotionally charged. Although attended by six city council members who pledged their support, and a youth panel dedicated to increasing neophyte awareness of union importance, it was all too apparent during the three day session that the middle class, unions, fair wages and benefits, voting rights and the right to organize are all under attack -- as they are the biggest obstacles to the success of corporate and right wing America to have their way. No politics — just facts here, folks. Labor to Neighbor, raising community awareness, and We Are One were just three of the prevalent themes of what I felt to be a very conscientious and productive conference. Merger, anyone? Oh, I almost forgot to mention our fearless leader (Catherine Brown) quite eloquently imparted the info concerning merger possibility and implications to the attendees. 

Tax Tips From Actors’ Equity’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance office

Let’s Not and Say We Did By Sandra Karas, VITA Site Coordinator


t can’t be repeated too often that certain expenses most of us incur are simply NOT deductible on our income tax returns, regardless of what your roommate or uncle or the swing on your tour had to say! We hear them every day and we must respond with the same disappointing answers. So, on to what your acting coach (or your dad’s golf buddy or your former professor) insists are tax deductions, that AREN’T: 1. Gym Memberships—This is a popular expense and an equally non-deductible one for many of our members. Staying in shape and transforming yourself in those very important and highly employable ways may be the tickets to more work, but are considered personal expenses by the IRS. So, enjoy your Pilates, yoga, spin classes and general exercise regimens, but don’t include the gym membership as a business expense. The few exceptions to this rule are the specialty classes your gym offers that can be considered performance related (dance classes, martial arts, fencing and the like). Keep track of those individual receipts as they are considered performance training. General toning and fitness workouts, unfortunately, do not qualify. And, in spite of the name, health clubs do not qualify as medical expenses either, unless specifically prescribed by a medical practitioner to cure a medical problem or disease. (If it makes you feel any better, firefighters and police officers aren’t allowed this deduction either.) 2. Hair Cuts—Your hair may be one of the most important aspects of how you present yourself, especially if you pass yourself off as St. Jimmy at all of your auditions (androgyny is totally in these days), but maintaining that look for your agent or while you’re auditioning and interviewing for work is simply not a business deduction. But your agent made you do it!!! We know and we sympathize, but you can’t take it off your taxes. There’s an exception to this (as there always seems to be) for the cost of your hair care only when you



ccording to the All-Access Music Group’s web site, former 94 WYSP classic rock radio personality “Spike,” who left the station when the format flipped to a simulcast of Sportsradio WIP late last year, has returned to the CBS Radio Philadelphia fold once again as an editor of the sports section of and a sports anchor for all-news KYW Newsradio 1060. This is an AFTRA position and we welcome Spike back to the family. Web writers and editors at KYW Newsradio and CBS-3 (and now Spike, too) are covered by the AFTRA agreements that also cover announcers, anchors, and newsperson at the stations. On his blog, Spike (son of Philadelphia sports broadcasting personality Howard Eskin) notes that his return marks the fourth time he has joined the CBS cluster.

are working and that’s assuming the producer or employer does not provide you with a wig or a hair stylist (which they usually do). And we would argue that make-up and hair care for your head shots would also be deductible, but that’s a one- time expense as well. Maintain your hair style, but don’t tell your accountant about it unless you needed to keep it up while you were on a gig. 3. Hair Coloring—Same rule holds for color maintenance as for the cuts and styles. Unless you have to pay for it while you’re employed as an actor, it’s considered a personal expense and not deductible. Theatres, studios and other venues generally provide for hair care, wigs, cuts, coloring, etc., so let them do the heavy lifting when you’re working. 4. Make-Up—Who still buys “theatrical make-up” these days? Greasepaint and nose putty have given way to more natural and non-specialty products in the theatre, but actors are still required to provide their own kits for theatrical jobs. Generally, grooming is considered a personal expense and men and women in every walk of life engage in some kind of applications of grooming products in their everyday lives. Congress thinks this is just another personal choice and makes no provision for it on the tax return, unless your make-up is clearly associated with a current job and is for use on the stage. Again, we find the maintenance of an actor’s look, the requirements to successfully audition for on-camera work and stylized performances that require more than average street make-up to be necessary, but caution the deduction of those expenses. What we recommend is that you purchase or stock your “kit” every time you get a gig.This will allow you to associate the make-up, false eyelashes, and other applications with a specific job, one that requires you to wear make-up under bright, artificial stage lighting. (Note: most television and film gigs will provide make-up and a stylist, so there’s usually no requirement to buy make-up for those jobs.) 5. Cosmetic Surgery and Dentistry—No tax savings here, my friends, just the sheer pleasure of showing your parents the new veneers, or your agent the rejuvenating blepharoplasty (eye lift). In fact, cosmetic procedures are not even deductible as medical expenses, unless they are prescribed by a physician to correct an accidental, traumatic or congenital defect or disease. If you feel that surgical or other cosmetic enhancements or procedures will help you earn extra money in the biz, understand that you’ll be doing it your own nickel with no deduction to help you heal. 6. Audition Clothing—This is a favorite among our members who insist they wouldn’t be caught dead in anything they have in their closets and insist on deducting clothing they are forced to wear just to get work. We feel your pain, but cannot provide any relief on your 1040 — sorry! The government approach to this is that every working American conforms to a dress code of one kind or another and is not allowed to deduct the cost of business or work attire — so why should you be any different? The rule is that if it can be considered “street wear,” it’s not a business expense. The exception to this rule is for specialty costumes or uniforms (dance clothes and shoes, clown wear, doctor or nurse uniforms, police or fire uniforms, etc.). If you provide these specialized kinds of clothing on your gig, you may deduct them. You may also deduct the cost of dance wear generally, provided it is specialty dance clothing and not just the 

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Every Picture Tells A Story

(L-R) Master of VO R. D. Steele, AFTRA Philadelphia 1st VP Chuck Varesko, Voice of Disney Gary Bridges, and Heery Casting boss lady Diane Heery at The Union League for a breakfast seminar presented by The Philadelphia Ad Club on February 9. On January 23rd SAG Philadelphia presented How A Broad Street ‘Barrymore’ Became A Broadway ‘Tony’ ­ — Talkin’ the Talk with Forrest McClendon. McClendon received the 2009 Barrymore Award for outstanding featured actor in a musical for. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts at the University of the Arts and an Artist-in-Residence in the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University. He was interviewed for the event by AFTRA/SAG member Sylvia Kauders.


Cyndy Drue and Tracy Law

Dick Sheeran and Leigh Richards

‘MMR’s “Rabbi” and Kristen Hermann

Dan Siegel and Ted Feldenkreis

Steve Ross and Helene Masiko

Randy Chepigan and Robb Charry

Leroy Tapper

George Petrella and Blair Wilson

Dick Sheeran & Helen Chong

It was busy at the registration table.

Cyndy Drue and Chuck Varesko

Frank Traynor

tights you bought at Macy’s.You may also deduct the cost of cleaning The exception (isn’t there always one?) to this rule is those items and laundering your own clothing if you have to wear it on a job and that are second or duplicate purchases (eg: you buy a new laptop the employer does not provide a laundry allowance. for travel or simply to upgrade your capabilities, but you keep your 7. 100% of Telephone Charges—How to apportion? Therein current one for personal use — the second computer may be 100% lies the rub! With a few Paleolithic exceptions, most of us no longer business, if you indeed use it that way). Our Stage Managers often have land lines and use only one telephone for personal and busi- have duplicate equipment and can deduct the “second” purchases ness purposes.The rule states that the second line may be deducted as business expenses. Keep those current items and it may make life as a business expense on tax returns — period. But if you don’t have easier when it comes to tax time. that second phone account, you can argue that your one phone We’ll continue to monitor the trends and education in our audits account is used for business and hope for the best. You would then and keep you posted. We hope to convince the IRS that more of apportion your charges according to your business use of the single these non-deductible expenses can be loosened for members of phone. There’s no easy way to do this except to keep a representa- the entertainment industry. tive log of your own as to how many calls you make or receive in a week that are business-related versus those that are personal. Do Filling out your W-4 form this a few times a year and you’ll have some method whereby you If you’ve ever been caught short and owe tax when filing your can justify the portion you deducted for business. Your invoice will returns, you know how you wish you had more withholding last year. probably have a breakdown of the calls and you can do the math While you can’t do anything about last year’s withholding taxes, you from there. Any specialty features, such as a data package are de- can change things this year. When you get a gig, you fill out a W-4 ductible if you purchased form to tell your employthem for staying in touch er whether or not you’re with your agent, web site, married and how many on line services, etc., so dependents you support. don’t overlook those adOur advice is to complete ditional charges. the form with your actual 8. 100% of Business information. This means Equipment—The same that if you are not marrule for apportioning your ried, check single. If you do phone charges applies to not support any depenequipment that you use dents, write zero or one both personally and proat the most. Again, you fessionally and this one’s should not rely on your even tougher to calculate roommate or your pals in because there’s no handy line at the last EPA for adinvoice to reference your vice in this area, unless of business use. Again, keep a course, they want to pay representative log of your your tax next year. When use ( a week’s worth of in doubt, check with a tax “log” kept a few times dur- Sandra Karas (center), Site Coordinator of Actors’ Equity’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance expert before you submit office lead a financial planning seminar at the Philadelphia AFTRA office on *******. ing the year); you can do it your withholding forms. by observing the hours you spend using the equipment for business The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance office is open Mondays, Wednespurposes versus the personal stuff you do with family and friends. days, Thursdays and Fridays (no Tuesdays) from 10:30 to 4 on the 14th Computers, iPads, printers, monitors, Droids, iPhones, etc. are in this floor of the New York Equity building. Telephone 212-921-2548. Sandra category. Observe your use habits and note them, then compare the Karas is Site Coordinator/Director of VITA, Secretary-Treasurer of Eqbusiness time to the personal use and you have some method for uity, a member of SAG and AFTRA and the embarrassed customer of not explaining your deduction. Remember, the onus is on you to sup- one, but two, land line telephone accounts. port the business expense and every actor is different, so don’t rely on what your friends are claiming — rely on your own experience. This article was reprinted with permission from Actors’ Equity.

Philadelphia Tri-Union Committee of AEA, AFTRA and SAG presents

GETTING AND KEEPING HEALTH INSURANCE A free seminar for union members by Jim Brown of the Actors Fund Monday, March 26, 2012 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. At Temple University Center City (TUCC) 1515 Market Street, Room 222 Philadelphia, PA (Please have your photo id available at the entrance of the building.)

Please RSVP via email at or call Tom Helmer at 609.835.7142 PLEASE RSVP BY MARCH 22ND. 


2012 This will serve as official notification of the forthcoming nominations and elections by mail ballot, of five (5) members to the Philadelphia AFTRA Local Board (four (4) in the Freelance category, and one (1) in the Staff Announcer/Newsperson category). These seats have three-year terms running May 1, 2012 through April 30, 2015.

Petitions and Eligibility The Philadelphia AFTRA Constitution provides that nominations for local Board seats be made by nominating petition in writing signed by ten (10) members in good standing. All petitions are to be submitted to the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Local AFTRA Office, 230 S. Broad St., 5th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102 no later than March 22, 2012. Please contact the AFTRA office at 215-732-0507 to obtain a nominating petition. To be eligible for nomination and to hold office you must be an Active member in good standing defined as a member who is paid up in dues, initiation fees, reinstatement fees, assessments and fines as of the day that he/she signs the nominating petition. Members paying dues pursuant to a payroll “check-off � agreement or approved payment plan are considered to be in good standing. Further, to be eligible as a candidate for any Local office and/or for the National Board, a member cannot be employed as management or perform the function of management within these jurisdiction of AFTRA.

Elections The election shall be conducted by mail ballot. The ballots will be mailed to each active member at their current address on or about April 2*. In the event you do not receive a ballot by April 8, please contact the Local office at 215-732-0507 to request a duplicate ballot. To be counted, ballots must be received in the Philadelphia AFTRA Office, 230 S. Broad Street, 5th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102 no later than April 23th at 5:00 p.m. Ballots received after that date and time or ballots not mailed to the Philadelphia Local will not be counted. To be eligible to vote you must be an Active member in good standing, i.e., having paid dues for the period 11/01/11 through 04/30/12 as well as outstanding initiation fees, reinstatement fees, assessments and fines, if any, no later than March 1st. The ballots will be counted on Wednesday, April 25st.

Local Board Seats

The Board members whose terms expire with this election are: Name


(Listing is alphabetical within category)

John DiDomenico


Sylvia Kauders


Susan Moses


Christy Springfield


Paul Kurtz


*Notice to Candidates: The merger agreement between AFTRA and SAG provides that the combined local board of SAG-AFTRA will include all of the members of the AFTRA Local Board who have been seated as of the effective date of the merger, which is expected to be March 30, 2012. Please note that candidates who are nominated for office in the upcoming election would not be seated until after that effective date. In the event that the merger of AFTRA and SAG is successful, this election will not be conducted, and the interim board of the Local will consist of those members who were seated as of the Effective Date of the merger.

Sessions February 2012  

The February newsletter of the Philadelphia Local of AFTRA.