Union Performer Matters | Right to Work States – Union Security / Preference of Employment (SAG TV, AFTRA TV, AFTRA Radio Commercials Contracts)

This Employment of Extras Union Performer Matters is from the Industry-Union Standing Committee, and provided for SAG and AFTRA JPC Authorizers and Direct Signatories to the SAG and AFTRA Commercials Contracts.

On February 1, 2012, the state of Indiana signed into law legislation that makes Indiana the 23rd state to have “Right to Work” laws on the books.

A “Right-to-Work” law is a statute that prohibits agreements between labor unions and employers that make membership, payment of union dues, or fees a condition of employment, either before or after hiring.

Union Security: With the exception of the obligation to report the first employment of a performer under the Commercials Contracts, union security provisions do not otherwise apply in right-to-work states. Employers are required to report the first employment of a non-union member to the applicable union, within 15 business days of the session date.

Professional Recognition — Preference of Employment provisions, however, do apply in right-to-work states.

The following states are right-to-work states as of this date:

ArizonaNorth Carolina
ArkansasNorth Dakota
GeorgiaSouth Carolina
IdahoSouth Dakota
Indiana (signed into law 2/1/12)Tennessee

In addition, the territory of Guam also has right-to-work laws, and employees of the U.S. Federal Government have the right to choose whether or not to join their respective unions.

Members are advised to first seek the advice of their own legal counsel regarding additional specifics of the law in any particular state. For further information, please contact 4A’s Management Services at [email protected]

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