Thursday, September 20, 2007

Four Corners of the A’s Box

Dear GIAA members:

“All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts.” (Shakespeare)

Therefore the names are not as important as the issues at hand. Today Carlo Fiorletta and I attended a critical Four A’s meeting (Associated Actors and Artistes of America) which conveyed opposing points of view; whether a single group should break away from this cluster organization to establish an independent and respectful position.

Emotionally impacted by two passionate compactors, Mrs. X and Mr.Y, bound to tighten their power muscle, threatened divorce. SAG's voice chiseled at AFTRA's voice, and then painful repartee was traded back and forth.

A kind and logical voice was heard from a higher position to consider three possible scenarios before terminating an 88 year relationship.

-First, by breaking away, one finds glorious independence facing unknown perils alone.
-Secondly, gaining the praise of freedom while severing the organizational arm which helps swim the uncertain tides, then drowning.
-Thirdly, to stay within, find one's own way among the organization and mutual causes.

This Elder democratically spoke of one vote per group to equalize vocal power across the board; similar to each state regardless of size, having only two senators. AFTRA seemed to favor this balance. SAG offered mathematical proportions of independence, fractioning rights according to mass. AEA, GIAA, AGMA, AGVA and others held back their opinions speaking of the living theater as a forum for open thoughts, non-constricting methods.

This bicoastal meeting ended, postponing their decisions until a later date and further consideration.

I linger on two thoughts, “Each hand must feel its own strength” and “A mutually advantageous alliance, where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, and the few are as important as the many.” (Carson Grant)

Carson Grant
Your GIAA Counsellor

Monday, September 17, 2007

What CEOs get when they leave compared to rest.

Testimony of Richard L. Trumka, AFL-CIO

Testimony of Richard L. Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, Before the House Committee on Ways and Means