The SAG-AFTRA National Board of Directors, meeting in special session on Thursday, voted 75% to 25% in favor of approving a motion that authorizes union staff “to approve policy requests from compulsory vaccination in strict compliance with SAG-AFTRA standard parameters for vaccination policies.
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These parameters, established by President SAG-AFTRA’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Security, state that:
- The production should announce these policies as soon as possible, preferably during the first blackouts or the first casting discussions.
- These policies must also apply to all actors and teams working in the area (s) or workplaces concerned.
- The production must have procedures in place to engage in an interactive process with those requesting the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) or religious accommodations, and must include the procedure for initiating a request in the policy notices of vaccination.
- Such policies can only be applied when vaccines have been readily available to performers for a period of time sufficient to confer immunity in time for the onset of labor.
- If being vaccinated is a condition of employment for production, all vaccination costs are absorbed by the employer and vaccination time is working time.
- Immunization records are kept safe by employers and accessible only to those who need them.
The initial return-to-work agreement was negotiated in September 2020 between the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers management and the Hollywood unions SAG-AFTRA, DGA, IATSE, Teamsters and Basic Crafts. . It was three months before the first Covid-19 vaccine was given in the United States