SAG-AFTRA has once more prolonged its dues-relief program for members experiencing Covid-19-related monetary hardship.
The union first started providing Covid-19 dues reduction in March 2020 through the earliest days of the pandemic. It nonetheless encourages members who will pay on time to take action “to permit the important companies of the union, resembling residuals processing and contract negotiation and enforcement, to proceed with out disruption.”
The deadline to request an extension for Might 2022 dues is June 9.
Members who’re authorised will nonetheless need to pay half their present Might dues invoice by June 9, and the remaining half by September 1, to be able to preserve good standing for the Might 2022 dues interval until prior funds are additionally owed and excellent. No late charges can be assessed for the Might 2022 dues interval, and the union says that “there can be no hostile impression on members’ work eligibility throughout this time.”
SAG-AFTRA famous that membership within the union “can be routinely terminated when a member has not been in good standing for a interval of 18 months due to nonpayment of dues, assessments, fines or administrative charges. Nevertheless, through the Might 2022 dues interval, the Covid-19 Dues Reduction Extension program permits for cost of the minimal quantity due in two installments (June 9 and Sept. 1) and, the place relevant, delayed termination till the November 2022 dues interval with late charges utilized. Installments have to be acquired no later than June 9 and Sept. 12, respectively. Reinstatement after termination requires the cost of an software charge and reinstatement charge to not exceed the complete, present initiation charge.”
Members who’re contemplating operating for SAG-AFTRA workplace within the subsequent election should meet the Might dues interval good-standing requirement to be nominated for election as a nationwide officer, nationwide board member or native board member by making certain that their Might 2022 dues invoice cost is acquired by the union no later than June 9, or make a request for the Covid-19 Dues Reduction Extension no later than June 9, whereas ensuring that their first installment cost is acquired no later than that date.
If the Might dues cost is just not acquired, and a well timed request for a dues reduction extension is just not in compliance with the extension program, eligibility to run for workplace can be affected. Failure to pay dues in accordance with this system can even have an effect on a member’s potential to vote, nominate and take part in referenda.