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Harper quits panel in protest

29 June 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

As the SAG-AFTRA consolidation vote tally nears, board member and merger opponent Valerie Harper on Friday resigned in protest from the committee that will oversee Tuesday's ballot counting. "I don't want to lend my name to a process that gives an illusion of fairness," Harper said. "There should be parity on voting. This is consistent with the way the whole campaign has been handled." At issue is the makeup of the eight-member Tellers Committee. Harper and those opposed to consolidation were seeking an equal representation on the committee for those in favor of and opposed to the plan. SAG president Melissa Gilbert called Harper's resignation puzzling. In a statement, she said Harper had voted to adopt the procedures and that members of the opposition group were asked to serve on the Committee but declined to do so. »

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SAG group fights consolidation with AFTRA

17 April 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

It looks as if those in favor of creating the Alliance of International Media Artists are going to have a fight on their hands. Incensed by the board's refusal to include a dissenting opinion or minority report in the membership referendum on the creation of AIMA, about 40 SAG activists -- including former SAG president William Daniels, current recording secretary Elliott Gould, current treasurer Kent McCord, board members Esai Morales, Frances Fisher, Diane Ladd and Valerie Harper and actors Rob Schneider, Scott Wilson, Sally Kirkland and Tom Bower -- demonstrated outside SAG's Miracle Mile headquarters Wednesday morning, railing against the proposed AIMA plan. "What are they hiding?" Daniels asked. "Why is this thing being rushed through? Why is there no opportunity to explore the pitfalls? The rush to push this through reflects how solid its foundation is." On Sunday, only 13% of SAG's national board voted against the deal. Although it is not constitutionally mandated, SAG has had a formal policy of including a minority report if 25% of the board votes in opposition to an issue that requires a referendum. However, it is within the purview of SAG's board to include a minority report even if the 25% threshold is not met. A proposal to include a minority report within the AIMA referendum was shot down Sunday. »

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