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SAG Elections Update: Howard, Aquino, Vaughn to Attend N.Y. Campaign Event With Hodge, USAN

• United Screen Actors Nationwide will host a meet-the-candidates event this week featuring guild president Ken Howard, national secretary-treasurer Amy Aquino, 1st national vice president Ned Vaughn, New York division president Mike Hodge, New York vice president Rebecca Damon, and others. Howard and Aquino have endorsed Hodge and the rest of the USAN slate, which is facing a campaign challenge from splinter group One Strong Union. The event will take place Thursday, Aug. 25, at Gossip Bar & Restaurant, 733 9th Ave., between 49th and 50th Streets. SAG members can RSVP at [email protected]

• Speaking of USAN, the group claims to be the first SAG political party to have developed its own mobile Web app. Users visiting USANforOneUnion.com via iPhone will be greeted with a prompt giving them the opportunity to download the app.

• And speaking of One Strong Union, Sam Robards, who is challenging Hodge for New York president, took to the group's blog today with an open letter to members. In the message, Robards criticized the new TV-theatrical contract finalized earlier this year for not including greater changes to new media provisions. "[In] 2011 we did not make great strides in New Media, which disappointed me as a member of the negotiating team," Robards wrote. "There was no effort to reduce streaming windows; no serious consideration given to alternate models for residuals payments, such as percentage-based residuals."

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