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Issue: #12

May 27, 2011

IN THIS ISSUE 16th Annual Joint AFTRA/SAG Membership Meeting Monday, June 13, 2011


Attention Chicago AFTRA Members! The Conservatory and KMRC Present Film Auditioning with Paskal Rudnicke Casting AFTRA Members Escalate Fight for Fair Contract in Central Illinois KMRC and Facebook Discount to Chicago Sky Actores FORE Actors! Search the Internet, Help the AFTRA and SAG Foundations

Monday, June 13 16th Annual Joint Chicago AFTRA/SAG membership meeting (details below)

16th Annual Joint AFTRA/SAG Membership Meeting Monday, June 13, 2011 5:30 p.m.: Social Hour 6:30 p.m.: Now Shooting in Chicago! Hear from Lyn Greene, writer and executive producer of Boss, starring Kelsey Grammer, currently shooting in Chicago. Learn how and why Greene and the other executive producers decided to bring Boss to Chicago. Along with her long-time friend Richard Levine, Greene wrote, directed and executive produced FX's award-winning drama Nip/Tuck. Additional special guests will be announced on the Chicago page of and Business Meeting: Select SAG members-at-large to serve on Nominating Committee (five members, two alternates) and Election Procedures Committee (three members). Select AFTRA members-at-large (broadcast, freelance, singer, Wisconsin and two alternates from any category) to serve on Nominating Committee. The membership meeting is only open to paid-up SAG members in good standing. Unfortunately, no guests allowed. Parents/guardians of young performers under 18 years old are welcome.

PLEASE BRING YOUR SAG MEMBERSHIP CARD FOR ADMITTANCE (paid thru April, 30, 2011). No RSVP necessary. Allerton Hotel, Buckingham Room 701 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 Corner of Michigan and Huron Park for $10 in the parking structure at 10 East Ontario. Enter on the north side of Ontario between Wabash and State, then take a ticket. When you sign in, you may purchase a four-hour ticket for $10. You will need both tickets to exit the parking structure. Cash only. Attention Chicago AFTRA Members! AFTRA is pleased to announce the beginning of the Wages and Working Conditions process in preparation for the negotiation of the AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Sound Recordings, which covers sound recordings on all media and all music formats, as well as audiobooks, comedy albums, cast albums, music videos and any other sound recording utilizing vocal performance. The contract is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2011 and negotiations are scheduled to begin in late summer. AFTRA members who work this contract are preparing for the upcoming negotiations and will be holding open meetings during June. Proposals for this important negotiation are developed through the involvement of members like you. If you are a member who has worked under the AFTRA Sound Recordings contract at any time since 2007, we encourage you to participate. Sound Recording W&W meetings will be held: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Friday, June 3 Noon-1 p.m. Friday, June 10 Noon-1 p.m. Friday, June 17 Memorial Boardroom AFTRA Chicago Local One E. Erie, Suite 650 Chicago, IL 60611 Please RSVP to Jolene A. Jones by phone at (312) 573-8081 or email to Only AFTRA Members in good standing may attend. Please bring your membership card for admittance. Join your fellow AFTRA members in protecting your future, as the music industry moves into the next phase of the digital age. Recommendations from each Local will be combined into an overall package of proposals by the AFTRA National Wages and Working Conditions committee, then reviewed for adoption by the AFTRA National Board.

The Conservatory and KMRC Present Film Auditioning with Paskal Rudnicke Casting The pros at Paskal Rudnicke Casting will share advice and tips for successful film auditions. 6-8 p.m. Monday, June 6 KMRC, One East Erie Suite 660, Chicago, IL 60611

Call the AFTRA/SAG office to RSVP, (312) 573-8081, or email Latisha Wagner at Please include your membership number. Park for $10 in the parking structure at 10 East Ontario. Enter on the north side of Ontario between Wabash and State, then take a ticket. When you sign in, you may purchase a four-hour ticket for $10. You will need both tickets to exit the parking structure. Cash only. Work the perk! Film Auditioning, like all AFTRA/SAG Conservatory and KMRC programming, is a benefit of your union membership and is offered to all AFTRA, SAG and AEA members in good standing. Please bring your paid-up membership card. AFTRA Members Escalate Fight for Fair Contract in Central Illinois On May 17, AFTRA distributed fliers and a petition to the neighborhood

homes surrounding Peoria's WEEK/WHOI-TV local station headquarters. The Union also passed out flyers to the Darien, Conn., residence and neighbors of Granite Broadcasting's CEO Peter Markham. The flyers and petition call on the community to support professional AFTRA broadcast journalists in their stalled contract negotiations with station owners of WEEKWHOI-TV, which is owned by Connecticut-based Granite Broadcasting. AFTRA members at WEEK/WHOI-TV have been in contract negotiations since November 2010. Negotiations stalled on Feb. 18, 2011. Despite months of good faith bargaining, concessions to company proposals in recognition of the WEEK/WHOI-TV's challenged financial operations and repeated requests by AFTRA negotiators and unit members for the company to return to the negotiating table, to date, the company has flatly refused. "We have tried over and over again to successfully bargain a contract that provides for our members and honors their commitment and duty to their community in Central Illinois," said J.D. Miller, chief negotiator and AFTRA Kansas City and St. Louis Local executive director. Our efforts to reach a fair contract have been ignored, so we are now escalating our approach. By reaching out to these executives' friends and neighbors, we hope to make them realize that local journalism is important to this community." For more information and to learn how you can support these AFTRA members, please visit the AFTRA Peoria website or the AFTRA Peoria Facebook page. KMRC and Facebook How often have you visited the KMRC website in the past month? How often have you visited Facebook in just the last day? You can now stay up to date on all of the events and training offered at the KMRC while you are on Facebook. Find the KMRC page here, like it and visit often! Please don't go away shaking your head if you don't eat, breathe and sleep new technology. The important thing to remember is that your unions are reaching out to members in a variety of ways, and if one doesn't suit your needs, another will. Information on events at the KMRC will still be posted at, included in The Activator, and available on The Hotline, (312) 8673710. Chicago Sky Game Need more basketball? Chicago's WNBA team, the Chicago Sky, has a special discount for

AFTRA and SAG members. Discounted tickets are available for the home opener on Friday, June 10 against the Connecticut Sun. Call Ande Denholm, (312) 994-5999 for up to a third off of the regular ticket price. The Sky is also offering performance possibilities - some paid, some volunteer. This includes singing the national anthem and half time, pre and post-game entertainment. Ande can answer your questions about this as well. Past performers have included tai chi, dance, drill teams, cheer squads, singers and others. A complete schedule and more information is available online at Chicago Sky. ACTORS FORE ACTORS! You have a chance to play golf with the stars in the 2nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Foundation Golf Classic June 13, 2011, El Caballero Country Club, Tarzana, CA Hosted by Criminal Minds stars Joe Mantegna and Thomas Gibson nd The 2 Annual Screen Actors Guild Foundation Golf Classic is coming June 13, and your $25 donation gets you a chance to play golf with celebrities and support a very important cause. Each $25-dollar contribution made through the donation link provided below is eligible to win a spot on one of the Golf Classic's celebrity teams (a $2,500 value)! Your contribution goes directly to the Catastrophic Health Fund, which helps actors when illness or injury threatens their ability to work, as well as their access to affordable health insurance. Enter to win...for sport and support! The winner will be chosen June 3. For more information about the Golf Classic, please visit To make your nd $25-dollar contribution - and for your chance to play in the 2 Annual SAG Foundation Golf Classic - click here. Search the Internet, Help the AFTRA and SAG Foundations! What if the Screen Actors Guild Foundation or the AFTRA Foundation earned a penny every time you searched the Internet? Well, now they can! is a search engine that donates half its revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. You use it just as you would any search engine, and it's powered by Yahoo!, so you get great results. Just go to and be sure to enter the AFTRA Foundation or Screen Actors Guild Foundation as the charity you want to support. Just 500 people searching four times a day will raise about $7,300 in a year without anyone spending a dime! You don't have to be an AFTRA or SAG member to participate, so spread the word! Holiday Schedule for Office and KMRC Friday, May 27 AFTRA/SAG Office and KMRC close at 1 p.m. Monday, May 30

AFTRA/SAG Office and KMRC closed, Memorial Day

In response to members' requests to stay informed, The Activator may include notice of rallies, pickets and other actions by unions and the labor movement that have not been sanctioned by the National or Chicago Board of Directors of AFTRA or SAG. This information is provided as a convenience.

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