EXCLUSIVE: Donald Trump risks being expelled from SAG-AFTRA. Deadline has learned that the union’s national board will meet on Tuesday morning in a special session regarding disciplinary action against him, which could lead to his expulsion.
The former star of The apprentice – and soon a former president – has been a member of the union and its precursors, SAG and AFTRA, since 1989. The two unions merged in 2012.
Article XIV of the SAG-AFTRA Constitution stipulates that members may be suspended or expelled for “taking action contrary to the interests or integrity of the union”. The expulsion requires a two-thirds vote of the national board, but Tuesday’s meeting is just the start of the process, which could take weeks and includes a hearing into the charges against him.
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SAG-AFTRA declined to comment.
The union, which is non-partisan and does not endorse or donate to candidates or political parties, has criticized Trump in the past for calling the news media “an enemy of the American people.” Union members include thousands of broadcast journalists. The breaking point for many SAG-AFTRA, however, came on January 6 when Trump urged a host of angry supporters to march on the U.S. Capitol and “fight like hell.” And if you don’t fight like hell, you won’t have a country. The violent insurgency that followed led the House of Representatives to impeach Trump for the second time, accusing the president of “willfully making statements which, in context, encouraged – and presumably resulted in – lawless actions in the government. Capitol.
In the aftermath of the riot, which left five dead and temporarily interrupted the final counting of the electoral college’s votes, SAG-AFTRA issued a statement which “condemns in the strongest terms yesterday’s attack on principles fundamentals of America. Rioters, emboldened and encouraged by a sitting president and his enablers who peddled baseless conspiracy theories, stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to subvert democracy. As a union and a democratic organization, we are appalled by this attack on the values we hold most sacred. The shameful scenes coming out of the nation’s capital have undermined American institutions and its position in the world. Displays of the Confederate flag and other symbols of white supremacy and hatred were intended to subjugate and terrorize people of color and those of certain faiths. This poison attacks the diversity of members of our union and the labor movement.
The SAG-AFTRA Constitution states that “a member may be reprimanded, censured, fined, suspended or expelled from the Union for any of the following offenses: 1. Violation of any of the provisions of this Constitution, or policies, rules or regulations adopted by the Union or any of its locals. 2. Engage in actions contrary to the interests or integrity of the Union, any of its affiliated locals or its members, including the provision of services covered by the jurisdiction of the Union for any employer declared unjust. by the National Council.
The union has strict rules and procedures for disciplining its members. According to its Constitution:
1. Any member in good standing, any affiliated local, the National Executive Director or his representative may file with the Secretary-Treasurer, or his representative, written charges against any member alleging facts describing any of the stated offenses. in this article.
2. Charges must be laid within six months of knowledge of the action or event that gave rise to the charges. Charges must set out with reasonable precision the nature of the offense and the facts underlying it.
3. The National Council, or its representative, shall examine the charges and dismiss them if they have not been filed on time, if the act complained of does not constitute a violation subject to discipline under this Constitution or by lack of sufficient evidence to establish probable cause of the prosecution.
4. Unless charges are dismissed in accordance with subsection B (3) of this article, the Secretary-Treasurer, or his representative, or the National Director General, or his representative, shall give written notice to the member (s). accused, attaching a copy of the charges and setting a hearing date at least 14 days in advance.
5. Prior to a hearing before the Discipline Committee, the National Council may appoint a representative (s) to meet with a member who has been charged with any of the offenses set out in this article. The representative (s) of the National Council may propose a resolution at the expense which, if the member agrees, would be final and binding. If the member does not accept the offer, a discipline committee will be convened to hear and determine the charges, as described in this article.
6. The National Council, or a disciplinary committee appointed in accordance with policies and procedures approved by the National Council, will hear and decide charges. During the hearing, an indicted party has the opportunity to present evidence and testimony and may be assisted by a representative. The charged member will receive written notice of the decision and penalty, if applicable. The National Council, or a disciplinary appeal committee appointed by it, has the power to review the decision of the disciplinary committee and the sanction, if applicable, on its own initiative or on a written appeal by the member deposited with the secretary-treasurer. or his representative, or the National Director General, or his representative, within 21 calendar days of the sending of the notice of the decision of the Discipline Committee. On any appeal, the charges may be confirmed, dismissed, the decision changed or the charges referred to the Discipline Committee for further proceedings.
7. A member may only be expelled by two-thirds of the votes of the members of the National Council voting on the question.
8. The National Council may adopt rules governing the investigation of charges and the conduct of any hearing or appeal under this article.
In October 2019, more than 400 delegates to the SAG-AFTRA biennial convention unanimously passed a resolution in favor of a “free and clutter-free press” that directly targeted Trump. The resolution, which did not mention Trump by name, said, “We live in an extraordinary time when the news media have been attacked as spreading false stories and as enemies of the people. SAG-AFTRA has, on at least two occasions since the last national convention, issued strong statements in the name of a free and open press. Both of these occasions came after Trump made false and insulting remarks about the media.
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In addition to her lead role in a reality TV hit The apprentice and Celebrity apprentice (2004-17), over the years he has also appeared as himself in numerous movies and TV shows. His small screen credits like himself include All my children (1992), The prince of Bel-Air (1994), The nanny (1996), Suddenly Susan (1997), The Drew Carey Show (1997), Night man (1997), Spin City (1998), Gender and city (1999), Work (2001) and Days of Our Lives (2005).
Films in which he has appeared as himself include Ghosts can’t do it (1989), Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), Across the sea of time (1995), Eddie (1996), Celebrity (1998), Zoolander (2001), Two weeks notice (2002) and jam (2004).
According to a financial disclosure report he filed in August, Trump receives a pension of $ 90,776 for acting work he did on SAG-covered shows and a pension of $ 8,724 for his work covered by AFTRA. If he is deported, his pension would not be affected nor would he be prevented from working within the jurisdiction of SAG-AFTRA.