The following is a recent message from the union regarding the SAG AFTRA Commercials Contract and how it relates to Child Actors and their parents. Your input as the parent of a professional young performer is requested.
Attention All Young Performer Members:
As a Young Performer (or the parent of a Young Performer), you have different needs and experiences working in commercials, and your input into our negotiations process is vital. It is important to note that local or state government issues such as work permit processes and state-by-state child performer labor laws are not part of the collective bargaining process and are not covered in these negotiations.
Please focus your input on the specific provisions in the current 2013 SAG-AFTRA Commercials contract that refer to Young Performers, especially pages 92-95 which pertain to principal performers and then pages 139-142 which pertain to extras (http://www.sagaftra.org/files/2013commercialscontract_e-book.pdf).
The National Young Performers Committee would like you to email your ideas about the contract provisions concerning the employment of minors in commercials and would particularly like to know your ideas and concerns about environmental working conditions. The National Young Performers Committee strongly encourages you to email your concerns and ideas to Young.Performers@sagaftra.org by Monday, Oct. 26. Please reference “Young Performer W&W” and your SAG-AFTRA local in the subject line.
SAG-AFTRA will also be conducting one or more Wages & Working Conditions Meeting(s) in preparation for the SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contracts Negotiations in your local. For details on W&W 2015, please visit SAGAFTRA.org.
You may attend any of the Commercials W&W meetings and caucuses. Please check the SAG-AFTRA W&W website for meeting dates. Meetings are open to all paid-up SAG-AFTRA members (please bring your current membership card for admittance, paid through Oct. 31, 2015 or April 30, 2016.)