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Can't We All Just Get Along?

Being a member of both SAG and AFTRA, I try to get to the union meetings as often as I can. This time I actually got a chance to attend both meetings. The AFTRA meeting seemed business as usual, and was run quite efficiently. Even when someone didn't agree with what was going on, they were calm and polite as they made their point.

Fast forward a week later, and I am at the SAG meeting. It is packed so much that they had to move us to a bigger room. I don't think I have ever seen this many people at a union meeting in New York before. I sat there for a couple of hours listening to these people arguing about how the meeting was being run, if we were going to listen to New Business before anything else, to how and if we should vote on the resolution-with a few curse words thrown in for good measure. After three hours of this, I decided to leave. We need to understand that if people don't agree with us, that's all right. But we don't need to get crazy about it. This is one thing that would keep people from coming to the meetings.

All of us will have to work together to make our union strong. All of this childish acting will only hamper future success.

Vernon W. Campbell,


Jersey City, N.J.