ON JUNE 13, THE SAG NATIONAL BOARD APPROVED THE NEW POLICY TOWARD RE-INSTATEMENT OF THOSE MEMBERS WHO CHOOSE TO RESIGN FROM THE UNION - MAKING THAT CHOICE A PERMANENT ONE. IN ACCORDANCE WITH ARTICLE IV OF THE SCREEN ACTORS GUILD CONSTITUTION, MEMBERS WHO RESIGN ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR REINSTATEMENT TO THE GUILD. HOWEVER, SUCH PERSONS MAY PETITION FOR A WAIVER OF THIS POLICY.
The reinstatement candidate seeking a waiver of this policy is required to schedule an appearance before the Disciplinary Review Committee and present a petition for reinstatement that includes a list of all non-union work done during the period of time between resignation and reinstatement. A petition for reinstatement does not guarantee reinstatement.
"Individuals who make the choice to quit their union cannot expect to be allowed back in without the union asking some questions about why they quit and what sort of work they were doing," Screen Actors Guild Director of Organizing Todd Amorde said.
"Union membership is between the members and their union, not their agents, not casting directors and certainly not employers. Screen Actors Guild membership offers opportunities and resources that many members are not aware of, so we urge anyone considering resignation, for whatever reasons, to call the union first. We're here to give you straight answers and discuss your options."
This change will apply only to those individuals who have resigned from the union, not to those whose membership was terminated because of failure to pay dues. It also does not apply to members on honorable withdrawal or suspended payment status.