SAG-AFTRA has filed a jurisdictional grievance in opposition to Actors’ Fairness of their ongoing dispute over the taping of reside theatrical shows. The union filed the grievance and a request for mediation with the Related Actors and Artistes of America – generally referred to as the 4As – by way of which each unions are affiliated with the AFL-CIO. “It’s with heavy hearts that we file a proper grievance and request for a mediator in our jurisdictional dispute,” SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris and nationwide government director David White mentioned in a message to their members right this moment. “Allow us to be very clear: this can be a final resort. We tried negotiation, however Actors’ Fairness Affiliation refused our waiver and walked away from talks with no discover.”
SAG-AFTRA Board Unanimously Reaffirms Jurisdiction Over Taping Of Live Theatrical Presentations, Will Probe Actors’ Equity’s Alleged “Poaching”
SAG-AFTRA, which has lengthy claimed jurisdiction over the taping of reside reveals, provided Fairness a restricted waiver through the pandemic, however Fairness rejected it, accusing SAG-AFTRA of “wanting to make use of a pandemic to say jurisdiction in Fairness workplaces now and into the long run in a manner they haven’t had earlier than,” and disrupting the connection between employers and actors “that has existed for years, if not many years.”
“Sadly, AEA management repudiated our waiver supply, broke off negotiations, and handed a decision in (Fairness’s) Council calling for a proper public marketing campaign in opposition to SAG-AFTRA members,” Carteris and White advised their members. “We can’t be silent or stand idly by whereas a fellow union assaults the pursuits of our members. Consequently, we filed our grievance and knowledgeable AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka and the Division for Skilled Staff of our motion. We’ve requested the appointment of a impartial mediator to re-engage AEA in negotiations and nonetheless hope that they are going to settle for a waiver to get their members again to work.”
In its grievance, SAG-AFTRA accused Fairness “with infringement of its rightful and conventional jurisdiction and seeks safety from any additional encroachment and applicable remedial reduction for violations which have already occurred.” See the grievance and SAG-AFTRA’s letter AFL-CIO president Trumka right here:
The SAG-AFTRA leaders mentioned they tried conciliation, however Fairness’s management “has rejected any various we provided and refuses to barter in good religion to discover a mutually agreeable answer. AEA’s assaults on our union can be surprising at any time. They’re irresponsible and heart-breaking throughout a world pandemic and manufacturing shutdown that each day harms all of our members. The one actual answer is thru partnership, with a waiver that protects all members, which we proceed to supply, however AEA refuses.”
The dispute, they advised their members, “is past a easy distinction of opinion. AEA management has spearheaded a divisive and damaging public marketing campaign to drive members to decide on which union they assist. We consider that you shouldn’t have to decide on. Our job is to guard the pursuits of SAG-AFTRA members and to assist the place we are able to, to guard AEA members. We stay keen to present AEA a waiver that will permit their members — a lot of whom are additionally SAG-AFTRA members — to proceed working and incomes by way of the pandemic.”
The waiver SAG-AFTRA provided would quickly cede jurisdiction over taped theatrical shows to Fairness through the “Pandemic Interval,” ending on April 30, 2021, until each unions comply with an extension. And it comes with strict limitations: the taped reveals can’t be exhibited on streaming providers reminiscent of Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, HBO Max, Disney+, AppleTV+, CBS All Entry, and Peacock – which might fall underneath SAG-AFTRA’s jurisdictions – however as a substitute can solely be seen on restricted digital platforms “that may be accessed solely by ticket-holders or subscribers of the prevailing Fairness bargaining accomplice.” An Fairness supply mentioned that a lot of its employers don’t even have such platforms.
See the proposed waiver right here:
Earlier this month, the often fractious SAG-AFTRA nationwide board of administrators unanimously permitted a decision reaffirming the union’s jurisdiction over the taping of reside theater productions, accusing Actors’ Fairness of participating in a “surreptitious marketing campaign to encroach upon SAG-AFTRA jurisdiction.” The board, assembly in particular session, additionally directed SAG-AFTRA counsel to conduct an investigation into Fairness’s “actions looking for to poach SAG-AFTRA’s jurisdiction.”
Fairness president Kate Shindle subsequently accused SAG-AFTRA for interfering in her union’s inner affairs, calling the investigation a “sham.” Earlier this month, Fairness mentioned that greater than 240 stage productions that have been recorded for distant viewing through the pandemic have been carried out underneath its contracts, whereas 60-plus have been carried out underneath SAG-AFTRA’s contracts.
The SAG-AFTRA leaders mentioned that they “proceed to hunt a decision that serves SAG-AFTRA members and protects our jurisdiction whereas giving much-needed assist to AEA members throughout this important time.”