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Thanks, George. But your proposal to raise union dues to end SAG-AFTRA’s strike is legally inconsistent with the union’s contract.
SAG-AFTRA President Fran Tresher said in a video posted on Instagram that George Clooney and other A-list actors are offering more money to union coffers.
Drescher said the Clooney offer “doesn’t affect our strike deal.”
Clooney and his supporters made the offer earlier this week in a meeting with SAG-AFTRA national executive director and chief negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland and Drescher. Clooney and Hope. Al’s overfunding will bridge the gap between the studio and streamers’ offer and the unions’ demands.
The proposal attempted to get low-income members paid in the balance before higher-income members.
“First, I’d like to thank some of the most influential members of this business for the enormous amount they’ve contributed to our foundation,” Drescher said in a video posted on Instagram. “Take the dues so that the higher-paid members contribute more. We accept it graciously, even if it is very generous.
Drescher outlined why this plan wouldn’t work.
“We’re a federally regulated labor union and the only contributions that can go to our pension and health care funds are from the employer. So what we’re fighting for in terms of benefits should be in this contract.
She added, “[It’s] Apples and oranges, everybody understands that.”
As for the rest, there is also a legal issue.
“There’s been a hint of a suggestion of a solution from some people, how we can come back to the table with some kind of residue. But it’s been vetted by our very experienced union contract staff negotiators and lawyers. Unfortunately they said it doesn’t hold water because it’s a very delicate house of cards.
“So, while we appreciate the effort and willingness of all members to be supportive of the organization, we’re still waiting for the CEOs in the union and the negotiating team to come back to the table so we can continue our talks,” Drescher said. ,
“Because by saying no or walking away from the table, you’re not really negotiating.”
Watch the full video below.