2019 SAG-AFTRA Election Candidate:
-National Secretary-Tresurer # 9
-NY Local Vice President # 9
-National Board Member NY # 46
-Local Board Member NY # 72
-Convention Delegate NY# 153
Rob Stats has over 12 years of union experience as an actor, stunt performer and stand-in.
In addition to his many years as a contributing member of SAG-AFTRA he also an educational background in Business Administration and is currently working towards his masters degree.
As a member of SAG-AFTRA he serves on the National & NY Local: Health Care & Safety Net Committees. He understands the struggle that many of our uninsured & under-insured members face on a regular basis & has been working to provide more affordable and alternative treatment options for his fellow members for the past three years.
As a performer of Hyper Exposed work I understand the importance of implementing strict safety measures & protocols to protect our members from sexual harassment & abuse in the work place.
The versatility & work ethic he bring to set as a performer is what he will bring into office to represent members of all categories in SAG-AFTRA.
He believes that all categories of membership should be represented with adequate diversity at both the national & local levels. He will make a conscience effort to not only listen to the issues that our members face, but also understand those issues and help provide adequate and timey solutions to them.
One of his many strategies at the national level in be to implement dynamic ideas to help organizing more union work in right-to-work states & create more working opportunities for current SAG-AFTRA members.
Diversity in represntation:
All of the National Officers since the 2012 Merger have been members of the Los Angeles Local. With 25 locals all across the United States, it only makes sense to have at least one National Office held by someone outside of Los Angeles. Whis is one of the biggest reasons I have chosen to run for the position of National Secretary-Treasurer.
Committee Representation at the National & Local Levels
-Diversifying committees to represent all types of performers in membership sub-categories.
-Requiring committee chairpersons to be elected officials.
-Elected officials every two years via traditional elections or
-Elected via a separate election by respective members of each category.
Hyper Exposed Work (Nudity & Close Contact/Intimate Nature) & harassment:
-Establish a formal set of suggested guidelines or stands & procedures for productions to abide by when filming any type of Hyper Exposed work.
-Mandatory need for “Intimacy Coordinators” on set any time Hyper Exposed work is being performed.
-Establish policies and procedures for enforcement of guidelines or standards & procedures.
-Have penalties and punishments that are suitable for various types of offenses and serve as deterrents to prevent multiple-time offenses.
-Have a permanent punishment for multiple-time offenders.
(Add three proposals sent to W&W to this list for more detail).
Contractual proposals that have been submitted to the negotiation for consider were as follows:
-add language of "Intimacy Coordinator" to the codified agreement. And have "Intimacy Coordinators covered under SAG-AFTRA contracts in a similar manner to Stunt Coordinators. Incldued contributions towards health and pension plans.
-Require a mandatory on set coordinator/advocate known as an "Intimacy Coordinator" be on set for all scenes that call for scripted work that involves hyper exposed work involving nudity, simulated sex, sexually explicit content and/or close contact work.
-All Hyper exposed work that involves nudity, sexually explicit content, nudity, simulated sex, and/or close contact shall require an "intimacy coordinator" and must be scripted and can NOT be improvised into a scene on the day of filming if an intimacy coordinator is not present at the time.
-Add language to define what a "closed set" is.
This language should include but not be limited to:
Minimizing the number of individuals on set to a bare minimum for hyper exposed work involving nudity, simulated sex, sexually explicit content and/or close contact work: The bare minimum of individuals should be limited to the following: one individual operator for each camera, no more than 2 boom mic operators (no more than one if only one is needed). No dolly grip shall needed be on set if the camera is static & not moving. One wardrobe member per every two actors to collect modesty cover before the take begins and return the once the take is complete before set is re-opened to the crew. And AD's do not need to be on set to yell action & cut. No cell phones or other types of recording devices shall be permitted on a closed set.
In addition to thos motions I'd also like to see SAG-AFTRA provide members with some form of educational eminar or training for Hyper Exposed work. It can be benefictial to membrs that perform this type of work, and also members that may be interested in this type of work in the future. Proper eduction can answer a lot of questions members may have about Hyper Exposed work.
-Implement an education system of workshops and seminar that focus on educating on:
-Basic money management
-Affordable & Alternative investment options:
-Beneficial for tax incentives & deduction
-Investing in your career: training, equipment, facilities, etc.
-Alternative retirement options:
-Filing for unemployment
-Knowing how to file, what to file and when to file.
In light of the situation pertaining to the newly negotiated Netflix contract, I will make an official motion to amend the language of the SAG-AFTRA Constitution to mandate a membership vote of approval for contracts with the magnitude of the new Netflix agreement. Too many of our members will work under this contract for it to have been approved without their vote. From base rates to residuals, allowing this contract to pass without a membership vote was criminal.
I will also push to have Netflix be incorporated into the main TV & Film contract when the time comes to renegotiate.
Pension & Health:
-Explore options to help reduce the liability value of both pension plans
-Keep track of qualifying thresholds and monitor alternate plan options for members if coverage becomes too expensive.
-Use National & Local Health-Care-Safety-Net Committees to continue to provide alternative and affordable treatment and coverage options for uninsured or under-insured members.