What the heck is an Eastern Regional Vice President, and why is Sid running?
DEEP INVOLVement IN EASTERN REGIONAL POLICY A PROVEN ABILITY TO ENGAGE WITH OUR MEMBERS THE KNOWHOW TO TURN IDEAS INTO ACTION
Equity's Eastern Regional Vice President has a number of duties, including serving as Chair of the Eastern Regional Board, holding a permanent seat on Equity's Executive Committee, and being responsible for meeting and engaging with members across the Eastern Region as a representative of the National Council.
Sid is running for Eastern Regional Vice President for the only reason that anyone should run for anything: He's the best person for the job. In his time as a National Councilor, Sid has established himself as someone with all of the qualities and skills necessary to be ERVP. What are those skills, you ask? Well, Sid believes our members should be looking for three things in their Eastern Regional Vice President:
Deep involvement in and understanding of EASTERN REGIONAL POLICY
PROVEN ABILITY TO ENGAGE with Equity members across the Eastern Region and the country
The knowhow to use involvement and engagement to turn IDEAS INTO ACTION
EASTERN REGIONAL POLICY
Sid serves on 16 Equity committees and working groups, including three Eastern Regional Contract Committees: as 1st Vice Chair of the Eastern Developing Theater Committee, 2nd Vice Chair of the Off-Off Broadway Committee, and as a member of the Off-Broadway Committee.
That means that if you've worked on LORT, LOA, SPT, Guest Artist, Special Appearance, NEAT, NYMF, OAT, or any Off-Broadway agreement in the Eastern Region in the past three years, Sid has had a hand in the oversight and improvement of your contract on the committee level. That's more than 40% of the weeks worked in the Eastern Region every year.
As a Core Member of #FairWageOnstage, Sid helped accomplish the historic increases in the new Off-Broadway Agreement. In his work in Developing Theater, he's consistently asked for more for our members, insisting on higher salaries and more Equity contracts on LOAs. He brought forward the proposals to allow for deputy elections for our members working on Special Appearance and Guest Artist. And he was a major contributor to the latest improvements in the SPT Agreement, including higher salaries, better MRE protections, all while fighting tooth and nail to require more Equity Assistant Stage Managers.
Sid has been instrumental in the improvement of these agreements, and his work on the granular details of our contracts gives him an unrivaled understanding of the issues facing our members across the entire Eastern Region, not just New York City. This knowledge is essential for anyone serving as your Eastern Regional Vice President.
PROVEN ABILITY TO ENGAGE
Sid first ran for Council on the idea that Equity's Councilors should be a visible and active presence in the day-to-day lives of our members. Once elected, he committed to being the most accessible member of the Council, putting himself out there in every forum available: in person, on the phone, on Facebook, Twitter, AuditionUpdate.com, even while standing on an EPA line. If you’ve reached out to him, he's responded. If you had a question, he sought an answer. If you had a problem, he worked towards a solution.
A major part of the job of an Eastern Regional Vice President is traveling across the region to Annual Liaison Area Meetings, hearing and learning from members in all 20 states of the Eastern Region and the District of Columbia, with the responsibility to bring that information back to the Regional Board and the Council. You deserve a Vice President who's proven the ability to listen, to engage, and to turn that engagement into action.
IDEAS INTO ACTION
Involvement is about being in the room where it happens. Engagement means hearing from and reaching out to members to make sure you know what they're thinking and what they want. These things are most meaningful when they come together to produce results.
New Councilors are often advised to keep quiet for the first few years that they sit on the Council. Sid chose to hit the ground running from day one. From authoring the new EMC Program, to helping found Equity’s Young Workers' Committee, to spearheading an historic voter turnout effort with #10KforAEA, to helping create #AEAunder40 which forever changed the way the union communicates with members, Sid does everything he can to say YES to our members, and to help turn their thoughts, hopes, and ideas into action.
Check out the ACCOMPLISHMENTS page to see what Sid's been up to in his time on the Council, and the GOALS page to see what he'd still like to see get done.