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From the President

Three Requests

AEA President Nick Wyman

President Nick Wyman
photo credit: newhartphoto.com

By Nick Wyman

February 2, 2010

I have three requests for you. First go to the "Members Only" part of the website. (If you don't have a computer, I have four requests for you - the first being to buy a computer. Really. It's here to stay.) On the Members Only site, click on the "Go Green/2011 AEA Vote" icon, and sign up to vote online - whether you plan on voting or not. It costs a bunch of money (your dues money) to print the ballots and candidate bios and more money to mail them to you and (if you actually vote) yet more money to mail the ballots to the ballot counters. I'd also really like you to read the bios and vote - but that's not one of my requests.

Secondly, while you're on the Members Only part of the AEA website, click on the "My Profile" link under my picture, and then click on "Contact Info." Check to make sure that AEA has your current address, phone number and e-mail address. That way, if AEA gets a check for you or if someone wants to offer you a job, Equity knows where to find you. If you still haven't bought a computer since the previous paragraph, you may write AEA or call membership with your contact information.

My third request is to make sure that the Equity-League Pension, Health Funds and 401(k) Trust Funds have your correct contact information. This way, if you are fortunate enough to earn health coverage, the Fund can reach you before the deadline for accepting the $100 premium. E-mail them at health@equityleague.org, pension@equityleague.org, or 401(k)@equityleague.org or, once again, write the P&H office or call them at 212-869-9380. You'll notice that is a different number from the AEA number; that's because AEA and the Funds are two separate organizations: separate staffs and separate boards.

Speaking of P&H, here's a little commercial: it's easier to qualify for the Equity-League health plan than the SAG or AFTRA plan and our premiums are lower. As for our pension plan, it's much easier to qualify (two weeks of work in a year makes it a qualifying year and five years makes you vested). When you get your annual statement from the Pension Fund, check out how your benefit accrues: not only do you get a percentage of your earnings added to your annual retirement benefit, but you have $11 per month or $132 per year added to your benefit for every year in which you have at least two weeks of covered work. So if you start when you're 25, and if you have at least two weeks of Equity work each year over the next 40 years, it will add $5,280 to your annual pension. The moral is: whenever you can, make sure you work at least two weeks each year under an Equity contract that requires a contribution to the Pension Fund; it may not pay you much in the moment, but it will pay you handsomely later.

As long as I am in this mother-hen-mode, let me remind you of the three-legged stool theory of retirement planning. One leg is Social Security, one leg is your union pension plan(s), and the third is your personal savings - such as our 401(k) Plan, which you can use to grow your savings on a tax-deferred basis under most Equity contracts. Don't be like your foolish President, who in his 30s disdained to set aside money from his Broadway salary for his children's education because he was so sure that when it finally came time for college he would be pulling down a nifty six-figure salary on some sitcom. There was no sitcom; and the kids, with the aid of several loans, went to state schools. However, despite my terrible financial planning, I won't spend my declining years eating cat food - all thanks to my union pensions.


From the President Archives:

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You Have a Dream

Abundance and Gratitude

When Good Shows Go Bad

Make Your Own Luck

Mentor Up. Mentor Down.

Work Art and "Work"

CashCowasaurus vs. CatchMeasaurus

Can I Get Some Service Here?

Touring 101 or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Touring 102 - A Look at the Business Model of Touring

Exit, Gracefully, a Champion

Happy 100th Birthday

The Five C's

Love and Boundaries

Plenary Panoply

Which Side Are You On?

March 24, 2011
Marching in Madison

March 1, 2011
A Vision for All of Us

February 2, 2011
Three Requests

December 16, 2010
Earn Your "MBA"

November 4, 2010
Deputize Yourself

September 1, 2010
The Fall of the Twin Tiers

July 27, 2010
Mosaic

June 21, 2010
Thank You

Long-time Councillor Nick Wyman is elected the President of Actors' Equity Association

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Contact President Nick Wyman at president@actorsequity.org.

 

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From the President Archives

To Join or Not to Join? My Rejoinder

Wait ’Til This Year!

Attention Must Be Paid

Beginners, Please

One Voice: 50,058 Strong

Mirroring

Ars Longa, Vita Brevis

One for All, All for One All Over

Springtime for Equity

Resource-Full

Keeping the Faith

Substantive Work

At the Big Table

What in the Heck am I Doing?

Telling Our Story

Why I Do Theatre

You Have a Dream

Abundance and Gratitude

When Good Shows Go Bad

Make Your Own Luck

Mentor Up. Mentor Down.

Mentor Up. Mentor Down.

Work Art and "Work"

CashCowasaurus vs. CatchMeasaurus

Can I Get Some Service Here?

Touring 101 or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Touring 102 - A Look at the Business Model of Touring

Exit, Gracefully, a Champion

Happy 100th Birthday

The Five C's

Love and Boundaries

Plenary Panoply

Which Side Are You On?

March 24, 2011
Marching in Madison

March 1, 2011
A Vision for All of Us

February 2, 2011
Three Requests

December 16, 2010
Earn Your "MBA"

November 4, 2010
Deputize Yourself

September 1, 2010
The Fall of the Twin Tiers

July 27, 2010
Mosaic

June 21, 2010
Thank You

Long-time Councillor Nick Wyman is elected the President of Actors' Equity Association

Back to Presidents Page

 
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