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AFTRA@WORK & The New York Local invite you to a

NEW MEMBERS MEETING
Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 at 6pm

AFTRANY Local
260 Madison Avenue, (between 38th & 39th St.)
7th Floor
New York, NY 1016


Join us for coffee and cookies, bring your questions we promise to have people there to answer as many as we can.

Bring your paid up membership card for admittance.

RSVP to Michele Caruso at 212-863-4253 or mcaruso@aftra.com


Important Notice Regarding the Joint Wages & Working Conditions Process in Preparation for the Commercials Contract Negotiations
AFTRA and SAG are pleased to announce the beginning of the Joint Wages & Working Conditions (W&W;) process in preparation for negotiation of the Commercials Contracts that were extended from October 31, 2008, to March 31, 2009. It is only through the involvement of members that proposals for this vital negotiation are developed. Click here to read the notice.

Click here for W&W; meetings in New York.

Click here for Caucus meetings in New York and Los Angeles.


AFTRA NEW YORK MEMBERS WIN NEW LAW BANNING NON-COMPETE PROVISIONS IN BROADCAST CONTACTS. 

AFTRA New York members who had contributed their hard work and effort in support of the “Broadcast Employees Freedom to Work Act” hailed New York Governor David A. Paterson for signing the new law yesterday. “On behalf of AFTRA New York members, my heartfelt thanks and deep respect go out to Gov. Paterson for signing the law, which prohibits unfair restrictions in contracts that forced many of our broadcasters in New York to move from their home state or leave broadcasting altogether,” said Holter Graham, AFTRA New York Local President. Click here to read more about this important legislative victory>>

OPEN DOOR 2008 POSTPONED
Due to the renovations of the AFTRA offices, which took longer than expected, The AFTRANY Open Door Committee will not resume its usual program until the Spring, 2009.  In the meantime, this committee will sponsor several events, featuring agents and casting directors.  The first event, an Open Call for background actors with casting director, Laura Verbeke, is detailed above.

Check the AFTRANY website or call the LEARNED Line (212-532-7633) in September for more information on the other events.

CBS CASTING TO CONDUCT WORKSHOPS IN NEW YORK.  CBS Casting Vice President Working One-On-One With Actors From Diverse And Underrepresented Communities.  Click here for more info.

NY LOCAL 2008 ELECTION RESULTS
Click here for more info.

FREE VOICE SCREENING FOR PROFESSIONAL SINGERS. Click Here.

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM AFTRA NEW YORK LOCAL PRESIDENT HOLTER GRAHAM  Click here>>

AFTRA and SAG Announce Member Caucuses for the Non-Broadcast/Industrial Code. Click here>>


WERE YOU A PERFORMER IN THE VOICE OF FIRESTONE?  If you appeared on an episode of the television program The Voice of Firestone, the NY Local office may have home video residual payments for you.  Click here for more info.

Schermerhorn House, Newly Constructed Affordable Housing.  In response to the need for affordable housing, The Actors Fund and Common Ground Community have joined forces to develop this unique, 217-unit residence for single adults in the heart of downtown Brooklyn. Half of the building will target individuals affiliated with the performing arts & entertainment industry, and half will house formerly homeless individuals living with HIV/AIDS or mental health needs.  Click here for more info.

WERE YOU A PERFORMER IN THE 1976 PBS COSTUME DRAMA SERIES THE ADAMS CHRONICLES?  If so, there may soon be money due you.  Click here for more info.

AFTRA New York Members Elect Local Officers and Local and National Board Members. Actor Holter Graham Selected as AFTRA New York Local President. Members of the New York Local of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists elected actor Holter Graham to serve as Local President. Other Local officers and Local and National board members were also selected in voting that concluded last week. Click here to read the press release>>

BUY YOUR OWN HOME AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE. ONLY MINUTES FROM THE CITY. This is what you can do and be a part of the Yonkers Co-op, The Act One, originally founded and sponsored by the Actor’s Federal Credit Union. This building was first offered only to members of the AFCU.  The remaining units are now available to anyone within AFTRA, EQUITY, and SAG.  Click here for more info.

AFTRA ACTORS WIN BIG WITH NEW YORK PRODUCTION INCENTIVE BILLS. AFTRANY and the entire New York production community cheer the recent extension of the Empire State Film and TV Production Credit and the passage of a companion program to stimulate commercials production in New York. Click here for more info.

CASTING SCAM ALERT - AFTRA Warns Performers of Potential Membership Scam. 
Read the Alert>>     Read the Press Release>>

Members Only Services Now Available Online!  Update Records?  Pay Dues?  Donate to the AFTRA Foundation?  
Click here for more info. or click on the "Members Only" button. 

Protect Yourself From Identity Theft.  Click here for more info.

NY State COBRA Continuation Assistance Program - How to Apply  Click here for more info.

NY's Young Performers law allows on-line permitting - The NY State Department of Labor (DOL) has instituted an on-line work permit application process.  To access these applications and information about them, go to... Click here for more info.

Notice to all AFTRA members - Members in the New York State area who have had dealings related to the entertainment industry - with former Los Angeles talent manager Christopher Valentino...  Click here for more info.

New York State Consumer Protection Board Issues a Consumer Alert Against "Fashion Rock, a Nationwide Fashion and Talent Competition Click here for more info.


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