Halyna Hutchins (1979 - 2021)
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ABOUT UNITE FOR STRENGTH

OUR MISSION

(TEMP) We are committed to making SAG-AFTRA the world’s premiere union, representing those who work in front of a camera or behind a microphone. We do this by increasing SAG-AFTRA’s collective strength in organizing new work, streamlining our union’s operations, negotiating strong contracts, enforcing those contracts, getting our members paid rapidly and accurately, all while and developing new leaders to carry us into the future.

Unite for Strength is not a slate. we are a CALL TO ACTION.
THE values BELOW are the foundation of our PRINCIPLES
AS LEADERS and OUR MISSION AS UNION MEMBERS.

THEY drive THE COMMON GOAL OF makING SAG-AFTRA
the STRONGEST union for EVERY MEMBER.

OUR VALUES

RESULTS

It’s all about the work. The work of finding solutions to the issues that concern you every day of your career. Talk is cheap, however, having something to show for it is priceless. We’re committed to not just telling you how we plan to improve working conditions, we pledge to show it to you; both in the contracts you work and the leadership we provide.

VISION

The only constant in life is change. In order to prepare for it, one must have the ability to know which direction it is going. This requires foresight, and leaders who continuously study shifts in this ever-changing industry, to better position your ability to earn a living; today and well into the future.

INCLUSION

Our membership is diverse and so are the contracts you work. We believe leaders should reflect the people they represent. We also believe our union should cover the variety of ways you earn a living.

OUR PLATFORM

SAFER SETS

No one, repeat, no one should feel unsafe on the job. From stunt safety to sexual harassment, we are committed to making sure your job is conducted in professional and respectful environment. This commitment also extends to the audition process. Your first priority is to do a good job as a performer; our first priority is to help you focus on your job; and nothing else.

MORE MONEY

Long gone are the days of working for only three broadcast networks. In the age of streaming services the opportunities for employment has multiplied by the hundreds. Our industry isn’t as simple as it was “back in the day”. We consider that a good thing, because with your work now being seen by a global audience, the opportunities to earn more money has multiplied. Making sure that your checks reflect this new landscape is one of our top priorities in the boardroom.

A STABLE FUTURE

Times are tough. We’re also feeling the pain of a rapidly changing industry. Like you, our heads are spinning trying to stay ahead of the curve. However, we’re not letting that stop us from setting the best foundation possible for when the dust settles and ensure that your future is everything you’ve ever dreamed. We can't control how the industry changes, but we can control how we prepare for them.

RESULTS MATTER: BECAUSE UFS LEADERSHIP HAS ...

  • Merged SAG and AFTRA into SAG-AFTRA.
  • Negotiated over 1 billion additional dollars in game-changing contracts; like the 2019 Commercials Contract,
    The Netflix Deal, and Video Game Contracts.
  • Confronted sexual harassment through legislative action and contract improvements. Resulting in the only industry-wide 24/7 hotline and the use of on set intimacy coordinators.
  • Strong pensions in the Green Zone.
  • Won the BBH Strike!
  • Organized Telemundo; the first TV network to unionize in 65 years.
  • Helped secure and expand California Tax Incentives.
  • Achieved Dancer and Background coverage in Music Videos.
  • Achieved Performance Capture coverage in the Netflix Deal.
  • Total member earnings at an all-time high!

We're charting a course to ...

  • Continue strengthening our contracts and increase our residuals.
  • Improve contract enforcement and fight unfair exclusivity.
  • Bring even more commercial producers back to our contracts.
  • Continue protecting our pensions.
  • Advocate for stunt safety, better travel, and turnaround protections.
  • Fight to increase background pay and opportunities.
  • Organize new broadcast stations.
  • Champion diversity and inclusion.
  • Keep improving our low budget contracts and streamline the signatory process.
  • Push to restore performers ability to deduct commissions and safeguard against
    future unintentional tax increases.
  • Continue to keep SAG-AFTRA financially stable with surpluses that are building our reserve funds.

UFS HISTORY

In 2008, Unite for Strength (aka UFS) was formed by a few members of the Screen Actors Guild Hollywood Division. They’re concern was that leadership at the time had been creating division among performers and isolating the guild, which weakened its position in contract negotiations with the AMPTP. The infighting resulted in the two unions negotiating their TV/Theatrical Contract separately for the first time in over 25 years.

With the belief that the only way issues between the two unions could be fixed, this group began its long steady journey to bring all sides together at the negotiating table and complete the desire to merge SAG and AFTRA into one unified union.


In 2012, Unite for Strength was instrumental in bringing a merger referendum to the membership; complete with a new constitution. The membership of both legacy SAG and legacy AFTRA voted, overwhelmingly, in favor of the merger and as a result gave birth to SAG-AFTRA.

2008

A group of Unite for Strength members run for the board of directors, to offer SAG members a new direction. They call for a more unifying and strategic leadership approach; calls rejected by leaders of Membership First.

MF leaders fail to successfully negotiate any of SAG’s numerous expired contracts, including the all-important TV/Theatrical contract.

As film production halts due to the lack of a contract, UFS representatives, joined by board members from New York and across the country, form a new majority coalition and take control of the negotiations.

Three weeks later, a new TV/Theatrical contract was approved by members nearly 4 to 1 with a record voting turnout of 94%.

2009 - 2013

January: In a 28hr marathon session of the National Board, (National Executive Director) and the board appoints new NED with David White.

September: Unite for Strength candidates win 21 of 33 Hollywood Board seats, 4 additional National Board seats and both National Officers with Ken Howard elected as National President and Amy Aquino as Local President and National Secretary/Treasurer.

2013: Historic vote merges SAG and AFTRA into SAG-AFTRA; with Ken Howard and Roberta Reardon elected as Co-Presidents.

Ken Howard is elected first president of SAG-AFTRA.

2021

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a message from sag-aftra
president Fran Drescher

MEET THE CANDIDATES 2021 -
Fran Drescher, Anthony Rapp,
Yvette Nicole Brown & EZRA KNIGHT

LISTEN TO BROADCASTER Joy Benedict READ THROUGH HOW TO FILL OUT YOUR BALLOT

Fran Drescher - Candidate for President

MEET FRAN DRESCHER

From the set to Capitol Hill, Fran meets every challenge head on. She brings a fresh perspective and unique voice
to our union.

She beat cancer, founded the non-profit Cancer Schmancer, got a
health bill passed with unanimous consent by working across the aisle, and served under two White Houses.

Introducing the woman who's gearing up to be the next president
of SAG-AFTRA.

learn more about FRAN'S VISION

“The future of SAG-AFTRA is streaming. Members deserve stronger contracts, more residuals, better protections, and ending unfair exclusivity. I’m supporting Unite for Strength, Fran, Anthony, and their entire team.
Your vote matters!”

ToM HANks

UFS CANDIDATES

Fran Drescher - Candidate for President

FRAN DRESCHER

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CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Anthony Rapp - Candidate for Secretary-Tresuerer

ANTHONY RAPP

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CANDIDATE STATEMENT
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As artists, we come together—from all walks of life—to create something bigger than ourselves. We have the same opportunity as a union, to collectively and responsibly move SAG-AFTRA into the future. Throughout my 40 years of union membership, I’ve experienced every aspect of this industry, and it would be my honor to leverage our collective power to protect our safety, improve our working conditions, and shepherd SAG-AFTRA into a new era. Our union’s funding is a result of our collective hard work, and as Secretary-Treasurer I will act with integrity to safeguard our union's finances

‍-Anthony Rapp, Candidate for SAG-AFTRA Secretary-Treasurer
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PRESIDENT - LOS ANGELES
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Two years ago, I ran for the National Board because I wanted to give back to the union that protected and supported me for 25 years. Union service has been one of my greatest joys, and I remain committed to ensuring that every member has what they need to do their job safely and joyously. To that end, I am running for President of the Los Angeles Local. Trust me to lead our Los Angeles Local: I promise to be a respectful, efficient, kind, and productive force as we work together to build a greater future for this union we all love.
- Yvette Nicole Brown, Candidate for Los Angeles Local Presidentwww.UniteforStrength.com
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JEFF GARLIN

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CANDIDATE STATEMENT
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A vote for me is a vote for Jeff Garlin.

- Jeff Garlin, Candidate for Los Angeles Vice President
Katie von Till - LA VP Candidate

KATIE VON TILL

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CANDIDATE STATEMENT
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Although the contention in the LA Board Room has been difficult to bear at times, I have managed to get along with just about everyone I work with in union service. The LA Membership had a glimpse into how I run rooms when I co-chaired the Commercial W&Ws (with someone from the opposing party, no less). Just yesterday, a member wrote to me, “I so appreciate the energy, intelligence, commitment and maybe most of all the perky good will you bring to our meetings.” Vote for me and I will do my best to make sure all voices are heard, that debate is productive, and that all agenda items are discussed in the allotted time. Time is money. And I don’t want to waste yours. Let’s do this!

- Katie Von Till, Candidate for Los Angeles Vice President www.UniteforStrength.com

National Board CANDIDATES

National Board Candidates

Jeff Garlin

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A vote for me is a vote for Jeff Garlin.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT
National Board Candidates

Jason George

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For better or worse, technology is changing our industry everyday. Diversity is now a requirement of the business model. As chair of the Diversity Advisory Committee, I’ll continue to fight for better, more authentic representation and equal treatment on both sides of the camera, in all categories of work, for all races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, ages and (dis)abilities. Streaming has destabilized the economics of the business. Logic, experience, strategy and data must guide us in future negotiations, not emotional arguments, outdated paradigms, or wistfully hoping to resurrect the “good ol’ days.” Our diversity and unity is our strength.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT
National Board Candidates

Clark Gregg

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I was honored to have served in the past on both the Local and National Boards. Now it’s time to re-join the fight to protect and serve our members as another seismic and pivotal evolution is taking place in what we do. Please help me achieve that goal by supporting me and my fellow candidates from www.UniteforStrength.com

CANDIDATE STATEMENT
National Board Candidates

Dulé Hill

114
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As a 30+ year member, I was honored to be serving on the board when we merged into one unified union. I appreciate the value of unity and the collective pursuit of the overall well being of every union member. Nearly a decade later, artists face new challenges as the landscape of our industry continues to evolve. Though we’ve made great strides, the journey continues and there’s more work to be done. I will listen, learn and pursue all options that work for the betterment of our members. There is strength in numbers. We’re in this together.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT
National Board Candidates

Michelle Hurd

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I have been a proud union actor since 1994, working many contracts: soap operas, commercials, VO and on-camera, background, stand-in, day players, guest stars, recurring arcs and principal series regulars. Every contract deserves a strong voice fighting for rights and security in this changing market. I’ve been honored to serve as a POC National Board member. As Actor and Activist I cannot stay silent when I witness inequality and injustices. I understand the intricacies of negotiations and the diligence required to protect our rights in this shifting playing field. I want to continue to be that voice.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT
National Board Candidates

Camryn Manheim

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Having served as Secretary-Treasurer the past 2 years, it’s clear to me what issues the members are most concerned about. It’s my mission to transform the way SAG-AFTRA engages and communicates with the members, instilling pride and ownership in our union. Working in unity we can tackle the most important issues of our time. Earning fair wages, reversing unfair options and exclusivity, protections from sexual harassment, diversity, equity and inclusion. I want to leave this union strong for generations to come.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT
National Board Candidates

Neal McDonough

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Being married to Ruvé for 20 years and a father of five, I know how important a good union is! Family first, me second is our motto. It’s the exact same with our beloved union. We must look out for our collective family first. All members of our family! Our industry is revolutionizing, and we must embrace the challenges that lay ahead, keeping a hard eye for data and a compassionate heart. I want to be a part of this new legacy and help lead our amazing union to meet all our members' needs.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT
National Board Candidates

Jenny O'Hara

126
126

SAG-AFTRA must continue moving forward. Under the leadership of Unite for Strength and its allies we achieved over $1 Billion in contract gains, $318 Million in 2020 alone, garnered huge increases in streaming residuals, secured protections for new and emerging platforms, and created new member driven contracts. We helped create the Return To Work Safety Protocols , Sexual Harassment and Nudity Protections in auditions and on set, and a 24-hour Safety Hotline. No lies, no attacks. Just progress. Boards: National/Local. Committees: LA/National Executive, LA/National Honors & Tributes Chair, Disciplinary Review Chair, TV/Theatrical Standing, Communications. For the facts.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT
National Board Candidates

Lee Purcell

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129

My passion is to help ALL members, but my focus is to end ageism and gender bias toward senior and women members to increase employment opportunities and respect for those underserved “minorities.” As a Los Angeles Local Board member and Chair of the LA Seasoned Performers Committee, I immediately collaborated with insurance professionals (and continue to do so) to tirelessly guide countless seniors to new health insurance after theirs was unceremoniously cancelled. I campaign against ageism, including Stop the Hate. Committees include: National Seniors; LA Women's; SAG-AFTRA Radio Plays. Twice Primetime Emmy nominee, member of the Motion Picture Academy and Television Academy.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT
National Board Candidates

Sara Rue

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I have been a proud, grateful union member for over thirty years, working steadily in film and television since I was 9 years old. I'm running for both Local and National Boards to listen, learn, and vote my conscience in hopes of creating more equitable and safe working environments for performers. The landscape of our business is ever changing. As more unique opportunities for actors emerge, I believe we need board members who have experience in all capacities and who can provide realistic perspectives on the potential challenges and pitfalls that could lie ahead.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT
National Board Candidates

Brooke Smith

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A proud SAG-AFTRA member since 1987. With changes in the industry, I’m working harder and earning less. Let's stop the in-fighting and come together. Only 21% of members voted last time! I decided to stop complaining, get informed, and try to make real changes instead. We all want the same things: better pay and working conditions, good residuals, pension, retirement, healthcare, increased diversity, inclusion, better advanced pay terms, better contract enforcement, an end to unfair exclusivity. I’ve learned a lot about self-advocating and I will work hard to make our union better for all of us!

CANDIDATE STATEMENT
National Board Candidates

Shari Belafonte

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140

I have literally been in this “bizniss” all of my life. As a Scion, the daughter of a passionate celebrity activist, I became aware of the strength of unionizing, watching my father fight for what’s right in both social justice and artistic arenas. Ageism, sexism, racism, and wage disparity have no place in a strong workforce. I applaud how far we’ve come, but am staunchly aware of how far we still have to go for fairness in our worth, comparable opportunities, and being hired to tell OUR stories, in front of and behind the camera. Diversity, not Division.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT
National Board Candidates

Gabrielle Carteris

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141

Being President of SAG-AFTRA for the past 5 1/2 years has been an honor and a privilege. I’m stepping down as it’s time to pass the baton and asking for your vote as a Los Angeles National Board member. We’ve made significant progress: reimagining our Commericials contract, securing better streaming residuals, fighting sexual harassment and keeping our members safe, developing Intimacy Coordinator accreditation to provide protection during intimate work. With the Pandemic, we fought to include members in the stimulus package and for additional unemployment compensation, then led the way to reopening the industry. My commitment has not wavered.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT
National Board Candidates

Wilson Cruz

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After nearly 30 years as a union member, journeyman actor, and a champion for fairness, equity, and inclusion, it would be a privilege to serve and represent you on our National Board. Alongside my fellow UFS leaders, I will bring a wealth of experience from a career and life that has taught me resilience and has empowered me to be a voice for justice. I have a passion for our work, our art, and for our safety, which includes our physical and mental health and an unflinching eye to secure our future. Thank you for your vote.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT

Los Angeles Local Board CANDIDATES

Local Board Candidates
Alyma Dorsey
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CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Jeff Garlin
17
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Jason George
18
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Giselle Gilbert
19
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Clark Gregg
22
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Austin Highsmith-Garces
28
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Michelle Hurd
32
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Clyde Kusatsu
38
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Kate Linder
45
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Neal McDonough
49
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Jenny O’Hara
54
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Alison Pill
58
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Lee Purcell
61
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Romy Rosemont
65
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Woody Schultz
67
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Brooke Smith
70
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Stacey Travis
73
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Armand Vasquez
74
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Katie Von Till
75
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Ben Whitehair
78
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Vivicca Whitsett
79
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Malcolm Barrett
84
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Shari Belafonte
85
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Bill Bellamy
86
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Michelle C. Bonilla
87
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Julie Brown
88
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Yvette Nicole Brown
89
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Ever Carradine
91
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Parvesh Cheena
93
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Melissa Cook
97
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Chantal Cousineau
98
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Ellen Crawford
99
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Joy Benedict
101
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Jasper Randall
103
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Local Board Candidates
Fletcher Sheridan
104
CANDIDATE STATEMENT

CONVENTION DELEGATE CANDIDATES

JAYA SUBRAMANIAN
315
AMIR TALAI
316
IQBAL THEBA
318
MARIJA THOMAS
319
RODNEY TO
321
STACEY TRAVIS
322
TONI TRUCKS
323
ARMAND VASQUEZ
324
DAVID VILLAR
326
KATIE VON TILL
327
TODD WARING
329
BRUCE WEXLER
332
BEN WHITEHAIR
333
VIVICCA A WHITSETT
334
ANSON WILLIAMS
335
KAY WILSON
336
KRISTA MARIE YU
337
LORI ALAN
341
JONELLE ALLEN
342
VINCENT AMAYA
344
KEVIN ASHWORTH
346
JAMES BABBIN
351
MALCOLM BARRETT
353
ISMAIL BASHEY
354
SHARI BELAFONTE
358
MICHAEL JAMES BELL
360
BILL BELLAMY
361
JODIE BENTLEY
362
TIMOTHY BLAKE
363
MICHELLE C. BONILLA
367
SEAN MICHAEL BOOZER
368
LILAN BOWDEN
369
LAURA LINDA BRADLEY
371
IVAR BROGGER
372
JEN FAITH BROWN
373
JULIE BROWN
374
ROB BROWNSTEIN
375
JULES BRUFF
377
MICHAEL CARNEGIE
381
JOI CARR
382
EVER CARRADINE
383
GABRIELLE CARTERIS
385
EVA CEJA
386
WILLIAM CHARLTON
387
PARVESH CHEENA
388
FEODOR CHIN
389
TOM CHOI
390
BRYAN COFFEE
394
ASSAF COHEN
395
MINDY COHN
396
DWAYNE COLBERT
397
JOHN P CONNOLLY
398
MELISSA COOK
399
CHANTAL COUSINEAU
400
TIFFANY YVONNE COX
401
ELLEN CRAWFORD
402
WILSON CRUZ
403
TAMI HEIDE
408
Broadcaster-Entertainment
DANIELLE TOWNE
412
Dancer
FLETCHER SHERIDAN
414
Singers
SUZANNE WATERS
415
Singers
CHARLEAN CARMON
416
Singers
JASPER RANDALL
417
Singers
ALYMA DORSEY
418
Stunts
MIKAL KARTVEDT
425
Stunts

ALAN STARZINSKI

ALISON PILL

AMIN EL GAMAL

AMIR TALAI

AMY HILL

ANN MARIE RAVENS

ANSON WILLIAMS

ARMAND VASQUEZ

ASSAF COHEN

AUSTIN HIGHSMITH GARCES

BARBARA ROBERTS

BEHZAD DABU

BEN WHITEHAIR

BILL BELLAMY

BROOKE SMITH

BRUCE WEXLER

BRYAN COFFEE

CAMILLE MANA

CAMRYN MANHEIM

CAROLYN HENNESY

CATHERINE DENT

CHANTAL COUSINEAU

CLARK GREGG

CLYDE KUSATSU

CRYSTAL RIVERS BADEUX

DAVID ERRIGO, JR

DAVID VILLAR

DILEEP RAO

DULÉ HILL

DWAYNE COLBERT

ELIZABETH MCLAUGHLIN

ELLEN CRAWFORD

EVA CEJA

EVE GORDON

EVELYN STOKES

EVER CARRADINE

FEODOR CHIN

GABRIELLE CARTERIS

GISELLE GILBERT

GRETCHEN PALMER

HOLLY PITRAGO

IQBAL THEBA

ISMAIL BASHEY

IVAR BROGGER

JACKIE JOSEPH

JAKE O'FLAHERTY


JAMES BABBIN

JASON GEORGE

JAY DISNEY

JAYA SUBRAMANIAN

JEFF GARLIN

JEFFREY LANDMAN

JEN FAITH BROWN

JEN LEVIN

JENNY O'HARA

JERILYN STAPLETON

JODIE BENTLEY

JODY STEVENSON

JOHN CONNOLLY

JOI CARR

JONELLE ALLEN

JULES BRUFF

JULIE BROWN

KATE LINDER

KATIE VON TILL

KAY WILSON

KEITH JOHNSON

KEVIN ASHWORTH

KEVIN HIGH

KRISTA MARIE YU

KYM JACKSON

KYRA SCHWARTZ

LAURA LINDA BRADLEY

LAURI HENDLER

LEE GARLINGTON

LEE PURCELL

LILAN BOWDEN

LORI ALAN

MALCOLM BARRETT

MARIJA TOMAS

MARY HEISS

MELISSA COOK

MELISSA GREENSPAN

MICHAEL CARNEGIE

MICHAEL JAMES BELL

MICHAEL C. MAHON

MICHELLE C. BONILLA

MICHELLE DUNKER

MICHELLE HURD

MIKE GENOVESE

MINDY COHN

MOUZAM MAKKAR

NEAL MCDONOUGH

NINA SIEMASZKO

PARVESH CHEENA

PATRIKA DARBO

REN HANAMI

RICKY RYBA

ROB BROWNSTEIN

ROBERT KENISTON

ROBERT PINE

RODNEY TO

ROMY ROSEMONT

RON MORGAN

RUBEN ROBERTO GOMEZ

RUTH LIVIER

SARA RUE

SEAN MICHAEL BOOZER

SHARI BELAFONTE

SHARMILA DEVAR

SHEA SCULLIN

SHYLA LA'SHA

SPENCER GARRETT

STACEY TRAVIS

STEPHEN R. PELUSO

STEVIE NELSON

TESS PARAS

TIFFANY YVONNE COX

TIM FRIEDLANDER

TIMOTHY BLAKE

TODD PETERSON

TODD WARING

TOM CHOI

TONI TRUCKS

VINCENT AMAYA

VIVICCA A WHITSETT

WILLIAM CHARLTON

WILSON CRUZ

WOODY SCHULTZ

Broadcasters

 ROB ARCHER               

TAMI HEIDE

 JOY BENEDICT

Singers

FLETCHER SHERIDAN

SUZANNE WATERS

CHARLEAN CARMON

JASPER RANDALL

DAN NAVARRO


DANCER

DANIELLE TOWNE

STUNTS

ALYMA DORSEY

MIKAL KARTVEDT


I SUPpOrT ufs, BEcAUSE...

Holland Taylor

“The Unite for Strength team have accomplished a lot--the merger, strong contract negotiations--and they deal with change in the industry head on.  I support their smart approach. Please vote UFS!”

Alec Baldwin

“In this new world where streaming is transforming our work and our compensation, we need trailblazing leaders willing to fight for us. Fran and Anthony and the exceptional UFS team are up to the challenge.”

Jonathan Frakes

“Over the years that I’ve known Anthony, he’s proven himself to be a person of courage and integrity, with an unshakable work ethic and a deep commitment to advancing the causes of fairness, safety, and justice for all. I’m confident in his ability to bring his thoughtfulness, creativity, and passion for activism to the duties of Secretary-Treasurer. I heartily endorse him, the fierce and fabulous Fran Drescher for President, and the entire Unite for Strength/USAN slate, trusting them to do the important and necessary work to bring SAG-AFTRA forward in this incredibly transformational time.”

Debra Messing

“I am thrilled to endorse Fran Drescher and Anthony Rapp along with the entire UFS teams. I have long admired Fran for her tireless activism and powerful voice on women’s health, the LGBT community, and all underrepresented communities. SAG-AFTRA members would be lucky to have someone as thoughtful, dedicated, and brilliant as Anthony Rapp for Secretary-Treasurer. This diverse group of leaders will protect our members through strong contracts and innovative solutions. I’m thrilled to lend my support for this exciting team.”

Steven Weber

"What can one say about FRAN DRESCHER that hasn’t already been said? I’ll tell you: As funny and gifted and entertaining as she is, she is even more ferocious, devoted, intelligent, passionate and driven when it comes to the causes she champions. She is an international advocate for health and the improved welfare of human beings, a devotee of the arts and medicine, and is dogged in her pursuit of fairness for all. And this is no exaggeration.

She will bring all of this to her greatest role as president of our union. With the brilliant Anthony Rapp and the equally talented UFS candidates by her side, the future of the union looks very bright.

I SUPPORT FRANNIE & ANTHONY!!!!!!"

David Ajala

“My name is David Ajala, I am an actor and a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. Statement: In the years that I’ve known Anthony, he’s proven himself many times, to be a thoughtful, engaged, and courageous man of integrity, with an unshakable work ethic and a deep commitment to advancing the causes of fairness, safety, and justice for all. I’m confident in his ability to bring his intelligence, his creativity, and his activist energy to the duties of Secretary-Treasurer. I heartily endorse him, the fierce and fabulous Fran Drescher for President, and the entire Unite for Strength slate, trusting them to do the important and necessary work to bring SAG-AFTRA forward in this incredibly transformational time. Being the change we want to see, with Anthony and Fran at the helm.”

Kathy Najimy

“Excited about the possibility of  Fran and Anthony being the new President and Secretary Treasurer of SAG-AFTRA. They’ve spent decades using their platform to fight for equal rights, LGBTQ+ Equality and protections against violence & harassment. I support Fran Drescher and Anthony Rapp  to helm UFS to keep fighting for fair working wages, safety and equity for all.”

Rosario Dawson

"These are special leaders for special times. Fran Drescher is a proven groundbreaker and consensus builder and Anthony Rapp brings a lifetime of work and advocacy to the table. Combined with the exceptional candidates of UFS, this is the team we need to move us into the future."

JK Simmons

“Positive solutions and creative alliances, rather than anger and divisiveness. Those hallmarks of UFS have enabled us to get back to work sooner and safer. Fran Drescher along with Anthony Rapp will build on our progress by powerfully uniting us all under the banner of SAG-AFTRA. An innovative team for a challenging time.”

Willie Garson

"I support Fran Drescher and Anthony Rapp, and I hope all members who believe we need to UNITE in order to move forward TOGETHER will do the same, along with the Unite for Strength slate. As we as a Nation have struggled immeasurably, so too has our Union, with divides that threaten all of our member's livelihoods and our very existence itself. Let's come together to embrace our gains, strive for more, and protect ourselves as a "UNION", United together for our future. Please join me and countless others in endorsing these terrific leaders."

Adam Arkin

“Having served in the SAG-AFTRA board room, I know that it takes vision, strategy, and fortitude to achieve the greatest gains for our members. Fran, Anthony, and their fellow UFS leaders have exactly that.”

Heather Hartt-Sussman

“I have known Fran Drescher personally for over 25 years and I cannot think of anyone better qualified to be voted in as SAG-AFTRA National President. Her incredible team, including her running mate Anthony Rapp, along with Yvette Nicole Brown and Ezra Knight, give me confidence that their agenda of inclusion and diversity will uplift and unify the Union.  Fran’s contribution to the conversation on national health sets her apart as a true leader in good times and bad, and as finder of solutions. It is with great enthusiasm that I urge you to vote for Fran and her incredible team!!!!”

Jackie Cruz

“Fran knows Hollywood up close. She is a visionary who has the courage to fix what’s broken and uses her life lessons as wisdom. Fran, with her outstanding running mate Anthony Rapp and UFS will bring invigorating ideas that will benefit all of us.”

Jason Priestley

“As we return to work, the passion, grit and expertise of Fran Drescher and Anthony Rapp will build a stronger future for us all. The extraordinarily diverse and dedicated team of Unite for Strength, alongside member leaders across the country, is the unified force we deserve. They all have my deep admiration and full support.”

Jonathan Del Arco

“Anthony, is a thoughtful, kind and courageous person of integrity, with an unshakable work ethic and a deep commitment to advancing the causes of fairness, safety, and justice for all — I have witnessed these qualities in his work on behalf of underserved communities and in the manner in which he conducts his own life, and I think we would be lucky to have him serving our Union and our membership.

I’m confident in his ability to bring his intelligence, his creativity, and his activist energy to the duties of Secretary-Treasurer at this critical time as we rebuild our lives and our Union. I heartily endorse him, along with the fierce Fran Drescher for President, and the entire Unite for Strength slate, trusting them to do the important and necessary work to bring SAG-AFTRA forward in this incredibly transformational time.”

Tchina Arnold

"With the industry savvy, legislative success and hutzpah of Fran and the experience and activism of Anthony, the UFS team brings a thrilling energy of diversity to the future leadership of SAG-AFTRA."

Mike Farrell

"I am delighted to throw my support behind Fran Drescher for President, Anthony Rapp for Secretary-Treasurer of SAG-AFTRA and the remarkable UFS team. As a former Board Member and officer of our union, I know how critically important it is to have smart, dedicated leaders working on our behalf to meet the needs of all members in these rapidly changing times."

Ed Begley Jr.

“Though wading into the morass of collective bargaining in 2021 will surely make her miss the good old days of fighting cancer, Fran Drescher is well suited for the task.

She has never been one to shrink from a fight, nor is she one to say no to a win that falls within the realm of the possible.

She is my friend and my candidate for President.

As is Anthony Rapp for Secretary – Treasurer. An individual who is likewise informed and well suited to the task.”

Gary Burghoff

“I've been an actor for more decades than I care to count, and this UFS team with Fran and Anthony at the helm will ensure that my fellow SAG-AFTRA members will be able to work—safely and with dignity and that all contracts will be enforced—for all the decades to come.”

James Eckhouse

“I wholeheartedly support Fran Drescher for President of SAG-AFTRA and Anthony Rapp for Secretary-Treasurer. I’ve worked with Fran; she is whip smart, a great listener, inclusive, compassionate, full of positive energy and there’s that awesome sense of humor…She will do great things for our union!”

Michael O'Keefe

“I was privileged to serve as the first national vice president of SAGAFTRA after we merged the unions. I can think of no better candidates for the offices of president, and treasurer, than Fran Drescher, and Anthony Rapp. We need the smart, and effective leadership that they, and all UFS candidates will provide.”

Rhea Perlman

"I’m sticking with Unite for Strength and throwing my support behind the entire team of candidates.  I think Fran Drescher is an exciting choice for SAG-AFTRA president. I see her as a new, powerful, fearless voice, unafraid to speak out for all members of our union. Combined with the bright, compassionate Anthony Rapp as Secretary-Treasurer, we're good to go!"

Roz Kern

FRAN DRESCHER'S STAND-IN

"Fran Drescher is one amazing woman! She is smart, talented, compassionate & a survivor of cancer & rape. She is well aware of all aspects of film and television. I was fortunate to have been chosen to be her stand-in on the hit show, "The Nanny", then on "Living With Fran" & on the pilot of "Happily Divorced". If Fran hadn't wanted "my positive energy around her" I would never have had the joy, pleasure and learning experience she gave me the opportunity to have. Her sensitivity & support to all who work on her shows is evident to every stand-in, background player & bit player. She understands the needs of all players, be they guest stars or bit players. Fran runs a Foundation and is acutely aware of the needs of others. If elected, it is my opinion that Fran Drescher will prove to be one of the best Presidents our Union has ever had. She knows how to get the job done and done well! She'll get my vote!"

Dan Aykroyd

"I was most pleased to have been informed that Fran Drescher has decided to offer her services to the Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists in the capacity of Union President.

Every one of us in the membership would benefit greatly from Fran's wisdom, intelligence, integrity, work and personal ethics and appetite for commitment.I have personally known Fran Drescher for almost 40 years and have witnessed her public triumphs, her efficient and smooth management of staffs on her TV shows, private challenges and a severe medical crisis.

Throughout all Fran remains level, clear sighted and she comprehends people's wants, needs and fair labor requirements.In my view Fran Drescher would make an excellent Union President."

With thanks and respect,
Dan Aykroyd
SAG-AFTRA member since 1975


Cary Elwes

"It has just been announced that Fran Drescher will be running for the position of President of SAG-AFTRA and Anthony Rapp has been nominated for Secretary-Treasurer. I feel confident that with these appointments and the UFS team, our union will be able to gain better leverage with regards to health and pension benefits, fight for pay equity and increase streaming revenues for all our members.”

Marisol Nicols

"It has just been announced that Fran Drescher will be running for the position of President of SAG-AFTRA and Anthony Rapp has been nominated for Secretary-Treasurer. I feel confident that with these appointments and the UFS/USAN teams, our union will be able to gain better leverage with regards to health and pension benefits, fight for pay equity and increase streaming revenues for all our members.”

Robert Pine

"During the many years I have spent in our boardroom, I’ve learned what it takes to make a positive difference … leaders who not only have experience themselves, but are committed to understanding the experience of all our members.Fran Drescher and Anthony Rapp both have brilliant careers, but also have the dedication and the smarts to improve life for all. Vote for Fran, Anthony and the wonderful folks of Unite for Strength."

D.W. Moffett

"Fran Drescher and Anthony Rapp, with the brilliantly diverse team of UFS, are the innovative leaders we need for this unique time.

The rapid transformation of entertainment is head-spinning. We need cool heads to prevail, with the good sense to do the research and the vision to pivot and position our members to get our share of the pie."

Morgan Fairchild

"Having served on the Board for over a decade, I understand the dedication and clarity required to be effective. Fran Drescher has proven she can deliver the goods, even in contentious Capitol Hill; Anthony Rapp profoundly understands our work from his years of experience. UFS is the team to lead with integrity."

Donna Pescow

"I endorse the Unite for Strength team. I believe Fran, Anthony and the entire dedicated team, will lead our union brilliantly into the future. They are committed to getting us everything we need in an everchanging and challenging business."

Nehemiah Persoff

"I joined SAG in 1947 and was an original member of AFTRA in 1952. I have seen leaders come and go in my union. I trust honest people who look for real solutions rather than lament and those who unite rather than divide. Unite for Strength leadership has made tremendous progress and I believe Fran Drescher and Anthony Rapp have the drive and the intellect to build our power."

UFS ON THE ISSUES

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TV/TH & STREAMING

You need contracts that work for the 21st Century. UFS is on the forefront of an ever evolving industry that changes almost
by the minute; here's how.

COMMERCIALS

Negotiators. Organizers. Educators.
We're working to ensure that opportunities are abundant and plentiful within this
sector of the market.

SAFETY

From the board room to the set, UFS has worked hard to ensure that SAFETY is
a key priority in every avenue
of your professional life.

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

UFS takes pride in having a slate that is representative of our members. We also
fight for inclusion and equal rights. Learn more about where we stand on diversity.

HEALTHCARE

Learn about how UFS chose to "meet anger with action" by providing solutions during a grim reality instead of taking advantage of members during their weakest moment.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Times Up. Me Too. Four words that put our industry on notice. UFS listened, took note and made changes to ensure no member
is ever taken advantage of again.

LEGISLATIVE VICTORIES

On the national scene, SAG-AFTRA is making it's presence known. Learn more about how your union helped you in ways you may not have realized; from Hollywood to D.C.

MEMBER EMPOWERMENT

A union is only as strong as its members. And its members are only as strong as they're educated. Learn what we're doing to make members as strong as possible.

ORGANIZING

When members band together, anything is possible. We really value strength in unity. Learn about what we've accomplished when we decide to with each other.

MICRO-BUDGET

There should never be any barrier to creating union work. This new agreement makes it easier for members to create union work.

Factually Answered Questions

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Are the pensions underfunded?

No, they are not.
Both are considered in the green zone with a long term plan to be fully funded.(source)

How do staff pensions work?

The truth about staff pensions. 

They have virtually no effect on our bottom line, yet they allow us to retain top talent. Risking the loss of our most valued staff could cost us tens of millions in poor decisions and contract negotiations. Want to reduce their accrual rates? Then get ready to pay them much higher salaries to match their for-profit sector counterparts, costing us substantially more.

FIRST, SOME HISTORY:
In the early 2000’s, when SAG-PPHP agreed to cover Screen Actors Guild staff, the union was bleeding money as a result of rapidly expanding staff benefit costs. At the time, staff benefits were provided through private insurers at significant cost to the union’s general treasury. That means it was OUR dues money paying for it. So it was a tremendous benefit to members when SAG-PPHP agreed to include this small group of additional participants (literally 1% of pensioners and 2% of health plan participants), thereby reducing substantially the amount of member dues money that the union had to spend to pay for staff benefits. This freed up money for our union to focus on members. 

All of this happened under different (previous) union leadership but still, the changes to staff benefits had to be accepted by the then-current employees of SAG, including by the many internal unions that represent our staff across the country. There were commitments made to our employees about their benefits at that time and in the future. Accordingly, the pension benefit, including such things as the accrual rate for staff, cannot simply be yanked away. The union trustees surely understand the complexity of this issue and we should all understand the tremendous benefit to members to have great benefits for our staff at limited cost to the union and minimal costs to the Plans.

IMPORTANTLY, having good benefits for our employees has helped us stop Producers from poaching our best staff and has SAVED our union money. In the past 5 years, Netflix, CBS, NBC and others have lured our staff away – after we spent time and money to train them in the business – with higher salaries, big bonuses and company stock. This is not good for members and we don’t want to go back to being the training camp for future studio executives. Having an excellent benefits package for our staff – the people who negotiate and enforce your contracts, protect and distribute your residuals and look out for you in myriad other ways – helps us retain them in the face of competition from studios, advertisers, law firms and other companies. If the union reduces their benefits, then it will have to offset that loss with higher salaries – salaries that come directly out of your dues money. In other words, it will cost members more money.

KEEP IN MIND:
Staff are our representatives, negotiators and contract enforcers. They’re prohibited from competing for our jobs, they don't earn residuals or royalties, and they could make twice as much money working against us at a studio or network. It is absolutely paramount that we attract and retain the best possible staff to fight day in and day out on our behalf.

ACCRUAL RATES:
SAG took a big hit in 2008 by refusing to negotiate a new TV/Theatrical contract which lost SAG members over $100 million in pay raises and SAG Pension BENEFIT contributions. MF(the same people) were leading SAG. At that time both staff and members had the same accrual rate (3.5%).

The plans took an almost catastrophic hit due to a plunge in contributions from losing TV to AFTRA, in addition to the implosion of the financial markets. In order to keep the plans on stable footing, the Trustees elected to lower members’ accrual rate to 2% with the long-term goal of raising it back to 3.5%.

Can you tell me about the Netflix deal?
What's the status of New Media residuals?

Contrary to statements about residuals disappearing, UFS is leading the way in improving our residuals structure in High Budget Streaming Video on Demand (HBSVOD).

The truth is complicated, but it’s important to note that with the markets evolving (fewer network reruns, etc.) we are focused on improving residuals in the areas where we see dramatic growth; like High Budget Streaming Video on Demand (HBSVOD), where a show may live for years.

In 2017 we successfully improved the Episodic/TV streaming residual formula by over 300% and an additional 25 - 45% in 2020.

Can SAG-AFTRA control the pension and health plans?

In short, no.

The Pension and Health plans are entirely separate from SAG-AFTRA.

50% of the trustees on all three plans (SAG-AFTRA HEALTH, SAG Pension and AFTRA Retirement) are union appointed. Management (AMPTP, JPC) has the other 50%, which means agreements have to be made between both sides to make changes to the plans.

In other words, the union trustees and management trustees must negotiate changes to these plans: they are not unilaterally decided solely by the union’s trustees.

The national board appoints our union-side trustees through nomination and voting. The names of the trustees are on each of the different plan pages under the “about” tabs.

Being a trustee requires the member to accept personal financial responsibility for any malfeasance to these plans: it is not a responsibility to be taken lightly, which speaks volumes for the integrity that comprises our trustees.

We have past presidents, past secretary-treasurers, past officers, members-at-large and a couple of executive staff on our trustee side.

Trustees must also participate in continuing trustee education.

Should SAG-AFTRA buy or rent a building?

In order to purchase a building, we must first ensure that contract enforcement, contract negotiations, and a solid reserve fund are in place.

When MF was leading SAG, they put the union in a deep financial hole. After the merger with AFTRA, we have been slowly and steadily repairing the union’s finances and building a reserve fund so that we are prepared in the event of a strike.

SAG-AFTRA has completed initial research and found that there are no buildings currently available that are big enough, affordable enough, and offer easy accessibility to the membership to house our headquarters.

SAG-AFTRA will continue to evaluate the feasibility of purchasing a building, but in the meantime our current lease is below the market rate and a responsible expenditure of our funds.

It is centrally located, close to the studios, and easily accessible to a substantial portion of the membership.


SAG-AFTRA is a nationwide union with 25 locals and offices throughout the country.

How is UFS leading on the issue of sexual harassment?
do you have an example of how you are encouraging member involvement in the union?

We always want members getting involved and taking an interest in what is going on at the union.

Our recent commercials contract is a success story, and a prime example of member involvement.

The union created the #adsgounion campaign, instituted painstaking step-by-step processes from monthly meetings, and actively engaged in member outreach to get members onboard and involved.

Result: a game-changing commercials contract which is already BRINGING ADVERTISERS BACK TO THE CONTRACT

what progress has been made in respect to low-budget
and member-produced content?

In depth member participation and feedback led to some major changes in our low budget agreements:

- We have recently promulgated a new Low Budget, platform agnostic approach to low budget production. It includes substantial pay raises for members and wages indexed to our master contract.

- The SPA (Short Project Agreement) gives member producers more flexibility in shooting low budget projects without leaping through too many hoops.

- In 2020 we promulgated a Micro-Budget agreement, aimed at members producing content for under 20k.

The signatory process still needs improvement and remains something we are focused
on to make it more responsive and communicative to both producers and members.

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