Hollywood - Your Disparity Is Showing!
Writers and Directors Pay Dues on All They Earn -Wealthy SAG Actors Don't! And guess what --SAG wants to raise your dues after this election!
I'm Mark S. Reed. I'm a board member. And I want to equalize dues so that every member, especially our fortunate wealthy members pay their fair share.
Until we equalize dues, you pay 1.85% of each dollar you earn up to $200,000 per year. But fortunate wealthy members are exempt from 1.85% dues over $200,000.
Each dollar they earn over has no 1.85% obligation! RESULT: If you have a modest SAG income as I have, you're bearing the burden of supporting SAG - and the members who can best afford it are not.
Please read the Dues Equalization Proposal document. I'm the only Board Member leading to make equalization SAG policy. If I'm not in office, it won't be done.
Thank you. Mark S. Reed
(#53 on your ballot)
Quick Bio: I'm Mohawk-Apache American. I became a SAG activist just over three years ago. Last year, represented SAG before the Federal Communications Commission. This year, I organized SAG's first seminar with network producers /show-runners, "TheInvisible American".
SAG DUES EQUALIZATION PROPOSAL INTENT:
Today's SAG membership has a financial shortfall that especially affects health insurance qualification. High earnings (above $200 thousand annually) are not now subject to base 1.85% dues asssessment.
This is a concept to equalizedues/assessments for all SAG members in order to increase assets of the general fund and to correct all or part of health care cost problems.
Intent of this proposal is to help resolve these problems by assessing all income connected, directly or indirectly, with performances and projects of guild members.
AMOUNT OF ASSESSMENTS: Member income shall be assessed at current (1.85%) rate.
USE OF MONIES COLLECTED: Dues/assessment, as determined herein, of income up to $400,000 per annum, shall be 1.85%, and these monies shall go to the SAG general fund. Dues/assessment of income in excess of$400,000 per annum shall be used solely to cover part or all costs of COBRA insurance for qualified SAG members whose lack of SAG earnings now disqualify them from health coverage.
"Qualified members" shall be defined as vested members and/or those who lost benefits due to lessened SAG earnings during the preceding benefit period. Qualification is essential to avoid extending benefits to non-working or new SAG members who do not currently qualify for health coverage under existing rules.
DISCLOSURE: As income or compensation to any SAG member can have different forms or sources, SAG/Member agreements must include a provision for disclosure to SAG, on demand, of all income connected with any project covered by SAG rules or jurisdiction that includes audio or visual involvement by that member.
ENFORCEMENT & PENALTY: SAG management is to be responsible, but management protocol and action are to be subject to review and change by a general membership vote: Civil and criminal penalties, such as those for misrepresentation and fraud should beconsidered; all actions herein must be available for member and public disclosure.
SUNSET CLAUSE: This proposal shall be subject to review and modification every three years, starting from date of enactment.
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