The Hollywood performers union SAG-AFTRA Monday passed resolutions requiring members to follow COVID-19 safety protocols in the workplace, and fired back at a lawsuit filed by Ed Asner and others targeting the union’s health plan.
In an amendment to its membership rules, the union passed a rule stating, “It shall be the duty of every member to fully comply with workplace safety protocols approved by SAG-AFTRA.”
The SAG national board also lashed out at a lawsuit filed in federal court this month by former SAG president Asner and other members, accusing trustees of making changes to SAG’s health plan that “discriminate based on age.”
SAG President Gabrielle Carteris said the actors union has become “increasingly concerned about the flood of misleading information being spread by certain websites and social media accounts about our health plan.”
Carteris said in a prepared statement that “like many scams that target the elderly, the misinformation being spread is endangering our most vulnerable members. By directing plan participants to unofficial websites rather than the plan’s official, vetted and accurate website, they are confusing people who need to connect with the plan to ensure they have appropriately transitioned to their new coverage.”
Changes to the SAG-AFTRA health plan were announced in August. Asner, the 91-year-old lead plaintiff in the proposed class-action complaint, alleges that the changes will eliminate coverage for 11,750 participants, including 8,200 seniors.
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