Friday, July 5, 2013

How to Build work in the Nevada Branch

SAG is top down and national. On the local level you have an executive, Steve Clinton, and elected local president, Barbara Grant. They are the local focus. As a board members my job is to work on national issues, make sure Nevada is funded and gets support and represent the membership at national board meetings. Since over half the board is Los Angeles, their issues get the headlines and take much of the time, but we do go and advocate national, regional and Nevada issues. Thus the expansions of the Nevada Zone  I have helped win, despite no other zone increases or creations on the same contracts. Having a local executive is also in part an accomplishment from the national level, pushing for it and supporting a local executive through relationships with other board members and staff.

Las Vegas is in a RTW state so rules are somewhat different than LA or NYC. 

We have strong local executive who is working on organizing and increasing what work we get. 

I fight for funding and support for our legislative agenda in Nevada, for organizing to grow local and attract national work and to minimize the impact of very real budget and staff cuts on Nevada.

I have strong ideas on local, but the reality is that the President and the council are charged with the local.

Some of my ideas:

Grow membership involvement on committees that actually do the work of the committee.

Gain greater participation by our lead actors, celebrities and those with "juice" or pull in town.

Get real film incentives so that we will regain the production we have lose and perhaps someone will actually invest in a union studio shop.

Increase SAG only benefits in town.

Discourage Taft-Harleys any way that is legal (there are limitations to what we can do in an RTW state). This is our top priority!

Stop listening to FiCore actors who have abandoned their responsibility to other actors.

Enforce Rule One.

Regain an actual office for our executive to work out of.

Continue to fight to keep communications open and improve communication with members and member to member.

Continue to strengthen connections with other unions.

Control the qualified professional talent pool, meaning that union talent must be quality, professional and available for work.

As much as can be done in an RTW state, make sure agents and casting companies play by their agreements in franchises and signatory status.

Continue to expand the zone.

Encourage youth to become involved, since that seems to be the priority in hiring by producers…take away their excuses for not hiring union workers.

Work to undo the Right to Work laws in Nevada.

Continue to support the Conservatory, and other social or educational opportunities to help branch members train and get to know each other.

I believe Barbara Grant, the president, and the council are on the same page on the priorities above.

What I can continue to do no the national level is keep the board and national staff aware of and supporting our needs.

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