SAG-aftra Lawsuit: Union Slammed for Over $130 Million In Unpaid Funds

Ed Asner and the 15 other plaintiffs in the SAG-aftra lawsuit over $130 million in unpaid funds from foreign royalties and residuals have blasted the union’s efforts to dismiss the action, alleging that leaders are “clearly indifferent” to federal requirements of accountability and transparency.

“These requirements have been ignored deliberately, placing the pecuniary interests of the union above those of its members,” the filing said.

The union’s dismissal motion is set to be heard Oct. 7 before U.S. District Court Judge Manual Real in Los Angeles.

The suit was filed May 24 and alleges extensive misconduct in handling of foreign levies and residuals they are owed. The union has repeatedly brushed off the suit, denying wrongdoing and asserting that it was “very proud” of its unclaimed residuals and foreign royalties program and that actors would not have received their funds without the union’s efforts.

SAG-aftra responded on July 31 by asserting
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