The Alliance of Professional Performers is a coalition of non-union and union actors, working together to improve our Northwest industry for all performers. Recently SAG-AFTRA released a “Do Not Work” notice pertaining to Ashland-based audiobook producer Bee Audio –
Bee Audio, based in Ashland, Ore., is producing books for various major publishers but is paying half or less than half the industry-standard rates to narrators per finished hour of recording and has refused to bargain, stating in a written communication to its narrators that to do so would “involve pay increases across the board” and opting instead to maintain its current “efficient business model.”
As such, and with the unanimous support of the SAG-AFTRA Audiobook Steering Committee, the SAG-AFTRA Executive Committee, and professional narrators coast to coast, the National Board of Directors has voted unanimously to issue a “no contract, no work” order against Bee Audio. Therefore, SAG-AFTRA members are hereby informed that no member may accept work as an audiobook narrator for Bee Audio and that violation of such order may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the SAG-AFTRA Constitution.
The Board resolution included a request to Actors’ Equity Association to support SAG-AFTRA in this effort by advising its members not to accept work as audiobook narrators for Bee Audio, in accordance with Article X(1)(f)(1) of the Bylaws of Actors’ Equity Association. (Read the entire notice here…)
While this “Do Not Work” notice is directed specifically at union members, the reasoning behind it is completely in line with our goal of improving and increasing the level of professionalism within our industry and protecting Performers through the establishment of workplace standards. As such, the APP-NW is asking its members to stand in solidarity with SAG-AFTRA on this matter.