October 17, 2011
IN THIS ISSUE One Union Blood Drive Details Congratulations to Bob Schroeder AFTRA Statement Regarding Sound Recordings Code Negotiations Diversity and Entertainment Don't Miss Out on the SAG Awards The Gospel of the Working Class KMRC Offers Audio and Video Equipment Training Movie Club A Celebration of African-American Labor History
SAG/AFTRA One Union Blood Drive Walk-ins are welcome!
TODAY - SAG/AFTRA One Union Blood Drive 1 - 7 p.m. Monday, October 17 KMRC, One East Erie Suite 660 It's not too late. Call the AFTRA/SAG office at (312) 573-8081 to make an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome. Again this year, The Actors Fund is providing free flu shots (from 2 - 6 p.m.). The drive is open to everyone: SAG, AFTRA, AEA, family and friends. Come to... · Give Blood · Get a Flu Shot · Support Your Friends · Save Lives · Show You Care! You must be 17 or older and weigh at least 110 pounds to donate blood. There is no upper age limit and most medications do not disqualify you from donating. If you have any questions, call the LifeSource Medical Help Desk at (877) 543-3768. Please note that nothing herein constitutes or is intended to imply an endorsement of any individual or company participating in this event. 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 for the event and show this
ticket, you may purchase a four-hour ticket for $10. You will need both tickets to exit the parking structure. VERY IMPORTANT: Tickets are available for CASH ONLY. Please come prepared or you will need to pay full price to exit the garage. The KMRC will be closed to other uses during this event. Congratulations to Bob Schroeder, October SAG Agent of the Month Allow me a few moments to sing the praises of Bob Schroeder at Aria Talent in Chicago. When it comes to protecting and promoting the rights of actors, this agent does everything within his power to ensure that we are well provided and protected. He knows the SAG rules like nobody's business, and he goes to bat for us time and time again. I consider his efforts to be tireless. And God knows, he has a tiring job. Bob is actually the one (and only) agent who spoke to me frankly about with it means to be a feepaying nonmember (a.k.a. fi-core) versus being in good standing with the union, and it was his passion for the Guild that lit the flame under me. He made it clear that being fi-core undermines all that union members work so hard for, and that if I chose to go that way, it would mean that he could no longer stand by me. He is a constant source of joy and enthusiasm for my career. He always takes the time to tell me exactly what I can expect when I book a job. If it looks like it's a job that will infringe on my rights in any way, he always, and I mean always, checks in and explains how a particular deal will be shaped. Those who sign with Aria are, generally speaking, actors who will be with them for the rest of their careers in Chicago. I know I will be. I would be thrilled to see Bob get some much deserved recognition for all that he does for Chicago actors, and for SAG. Sincerely, Catherine Glynn, Chicago SAG and AFTRA member AFTRA Statement Regarding Sound Recordings Code Negotiations On October 7, AFTRA released the following statement regarding the status of its Sound Recordings Code negotiations: "Despite more than a month and a half of good faith bargaining with the record labels, the AFTRA Sound Recordings Negotiating Committee has not been able to reach a fair agreement with the record labels that addresses key issues for recording artists, including health care and pension security and transparency of accounting. No further bargaining sessions are scheduled at this time. While AFTRA is not currently on strike in Sound Recordings, the AFTRA National Board has unanimously authorized the Negotiating Committee to take all actions necessary, up to and including proceeding to a strike authorization vote of the affected members, if necessary" "The AFTRA Negotiating Committee stands ready, willing and able to meet and receive a fair proposal from the major labels in order to resolve a fair contract for the session singers and royalty artists whose talents provide the music that keeps these multibillion dollar corporations in business. The current AFTRA Sound Recordings Code is set to expire on December 31, 2011." Negotiations between AFTRA and representatives from Sony, UMG, Warner, EMI, Disney and most of their subsidiary labels for a successor agreement to the AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Sound Recordings, the Union's second largest national contract, commenced in New York on August 15, with an additional round of bargaining held in Los Angeles the week of September 12-16. An additional bargaining date has been set for October 5 in an effort to resolve outstanding issues. AFTRA National Executive Director Kim Roberts Hedgpeth serves as chief
negotiator for the Union. The Sound Recordings Code covers singers, royalty and nonroyalty artists, as well as announcers, actors, comedians, narrators and sound effects artists who work on recordings in all new and traditional media and all music formats, in addition to audiobooks, comedy albums and cast albums. The Code generates more than $140 million annually in AFTRA-covered earnings and benefits for both major artists and session singers around the country. Volunteers needed! Join a fun group and talk to your fellow actors. The KMRC is calling all Chicago members about the KMRC Endowment Campaign. No appointment is needed to make calls at the AFTRA/SAG office during business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please contact Richard Hatfield at (312) 573-8081 or (630) 689-7325 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer for Tuesday or Thursday evenings. The AFTRA/SAG Conservatory and KMRC present: Diversity and Entertainment 6 - 8 p.m. Monday, November 7, 2011 Kaufherr Members Resource Center (KMRC), One E. Erie #660, Chicago, IL 60611 Come join in the conversation about diversity and the entertainment industry. Panelists scheduled to attend include AFTRA/SAG/AEA members: Michael Patrick Thornton, Cheryl Hamada and John Lawson, along with casting director/producer Sharon King. The discussion will be moderated by Todd Hissong. Please call the AFTRA/SAG office at (312) 573-8081 and sign up today. 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 for the event and show this ticket, you may purchase a four-hour ticket for $10. You will need both tickets to exit the parking structure. VERY IMPORTANT: Tickets are available for CASH ONLY. Please come prepared or you will need to pay full price to exit the garage. Work the perk! Diversity and Entertainment, 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. Don't Miss Out on the SAG Awards The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards速 will be here soon, and SAG members will choose the honorees. Pay your November dues bill to be eligible for SAG Awards voting and any "for your consideration" offers. Register at SagAwardsRSVP.org for Screen Actors Guild Awards updates and screening invitations. Final ballot information will be mailed on December 30. Vote online (or request a paper ballot by January 16) and help decide who gets The Actor速. The SAG Awards will be simulcast on TNT and TBS on January 29, 2012 - and will air live on both coasts simultaneously at 7 p.m. Central. Follow SAG Awards on Facebook and on Twitter. Chicago SAG Awards Screening Party Save the date, Sunday, January 29, 2012. A Chicago viewing party is in the works. Watch future issues of The Activator for details. CCWCS presents The Gospel of the Working Class: Labor's Southern Prophets in New Deal America The Chicago Committee for Working-Class Studies invites AFTRA and SAG members to a book
discussion with author Erik Gellman, assistant professor of history at Roosevelt University and author of Death Blow to Jim Crow: The National Negro Congress and Militant Civil Rights. Heath Carter, recipient of the C.L.R. James Prize for best article of 2011 from the Working-Class Studies Association, will lead the book discussion. This event is free and open to the public. 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 25, 2011 Gage Gallery, Roosevelt University 18 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60610 KMRC Offers Audio and Video Equipment Training You've probably heard that the KMRC has some great audio and video equipment. Do you want to learn to use it? Audio and video equipment training is offered at no charge every Wednesday evening, 5 - 9 p.m. You can learn the basics of using Sound Forge and basic recording techniques. Or, if video is your thing, you can learn how to record and audition, and email it out. Although training is offered every Wednesday, please call or stop by the AFTRA/SAG office, (312) 573-8081, to register in advance. Don't forget the KMRC observes all AFTRA and SAG holidays. You must be an AFTRA, SAG or AEA member in good standing to use the center. Attention AFTRA/SAG Members in Good Standing: Movie Club If you are interested in receiving an occasional free sneak preview movie pass, please join the AFTRA/SAG Movie Club. Send your name and email address to Kathy Byrne, director of TV/Theatrical Contracts, at email@example.com. Passes will be sent via email a few times a year as they become available. Illinois AFL-CIO Presents: A Celebration of African-American Labor History On Saturday, October 22, the Illinois AFL-CIO is presenting a Celebration of African-American Labor History at the Letter Carriers' Hall in Chicago. Special guests include Arlene Holt Baker, executive vice president of the AFL-CIO. This event is free and registration is open to the public. Please contact Alvis L. Martin at the Illinois AFL-CIO for more information at (217) 492-6815. 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. The information contained herein regarding workshops, vendors, special offers and the like is provided for informational purposes and is not intended to imply endorsement by the Guild or AFTRA of them or the information, material, products or services provided. Neither the Guild nor AFTRA makes any warranties or representations regarding the use of the material or the quality of the services or service providers. AFTRA/SAG Chicago: (312) 573-8081 Hot line: (312) 867-3710 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITES www.AFTRA.com and www.SAG.org.