SAG-AFTRA said today that it has further reduced its workforce “across most operations and locals” through a combination of early retirements and job eliminations. This is the union’s third workforce reduction since the pandemic and production shutdown began in mid-March, and will bring the number of its employees to about 400 nationwide.
“Someday, this crisis will end,” said David White, the union’s national executive director. “For now, with cases spiking across the country and a second global surge possible this winter, we must take steps to further align expenses with anticipated revenues. Adjusting our staff size is difficult and painful, but unavoidable. I thank each and every person for their service and dedication to SAG-AFTRA members. We will continue to maximize all of our resources and deliver on our core functions while maintaining excellent service to members and move toward a leaner and more efficient operation.”
“We must act wisely and prudently to ensure a strong union while remaining a fierce and steadfast advocate for our members who also are facing COVID-19 related challenges,” said SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris. “Our work over the last decade resulted in responsible fiscal management and consistent budget surpluses. Because of those surpluses, and with additional expense management, we are positioned to withstand the pandemic and serve our members for generations to come.”
SAG-AFTRA Approves $96 Million Budget, Expects Employee Furloughs & Work-Hour Reductions
In a statement to members tonight, White and Carteris said:
“We take this step in response to the accelerating impact of the pandemic on the union’s current and future financial condition. We live in extraordinary times. Across America, our people and institutions face unprecedented challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to ravage our communities. SAG-AFTRA is no different in this respect. Our leadership and staff have confronted