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Screen Actors Guild Supports Film and Television Action Committee (FTAC)

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On October 22nd 2006
The Screen Actors Guild’s National Board Voted
to allocate $50,000.00 Dollars to the
Stewart & Stewart law firm and its initial filing of
a 301(a) petition for FTAC.

From SAG’s website

October 22nd 2006

The Guild board voted to support the Film and Television Action Committee (FTAC) and its effort to curtail runaway production by allocating $50,000 to the Stewart & Stewart law firm and its initial filing of a 301(a) petition regarding Canada that the board originally supported a year ago. The motion passed at the October 2005 national board meeting read:

"That the National Board support the Film and Television Action Committee (FTAC) and its 301(a) petition by adding Screen Actors Guild to the list of names of unions and cities who have already given their support of both FTAC and its 301(a) petition, which asks that the U.S. trade representatives investigate the Canadian subsidies for a possible violation of the trade agreements Canada already signed with the U.S."

Rosenberg and Stevens said: “Over the years, Screen Actors Guild has fought runaway production by creating federal and state tax incentives throughout the United States. By supporting a 301(a) filing, the Guild is taking yet another step towards keeping actors’ jobs here in the United States.”

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On October 23rd 2005
The Screen Actors Guild’s Newly Elected
National Board Unanimously Voted
for FTAC and the 301(a) Petition

Los Angeles (Nov. 1, 2005) --- Over the past decade, Screen Actors Guild has been examining and actively seeking solutions to combat runaway film and television production that have resulted in the loss of thousands of union member jobs.

At its October 24, 2005 meeting, the Screen Actors Guild national board of directors unanimously approved the following motion:

“That the National Board support the Film and Television Action Committee (FTAC) and its 301(a) petition by adding Screen Actors Guild to the list of names of unions and cities who have already given their support of both FTAC and its 301(a) petition, which asks that the U.S. trade representatives investigate the Canadian subsidies for a possible violation of the trade agreements Canada already signed with the U.S.”

The motion was brought before the national board as the result of a motion passed by the May 16, 2005 Hollywood Division board.

President Alan Rosenberg appointed national board member Gretchen Koerner, also chair of SAG’s National Legislative Committee, as board liaison to FTAC. In an October 27 letter to FTAC representative Tim McHugh informing him of the national board’s motion to support FTAC, Rosenberg stated, “This action clearly demonstrates Screen Actors Guild's continued commitment to keeping film and television production in the United States.”

Text of the SAG Motion that passed on October 23rd 2005 at its National board of directors meeting:

"It was moved and seconded to approve that the National Board support FTAC and its 301(a) petition by adding Screen Actors Guild to the list of names of unions and cities who have already given their support of both FTAC and its 301(a) petition, which asks that the U.S. trade representatives investigate the Canadian subsidies for a possible violation of the trade agreements Canada already signed with the U.S."

Approved Unanimously

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