The AD/UPM Council East held a Navigating the DGA orientation for new Eastern Assistant Director and Unit Production Manager members on December 13 in the seventh floor boardroom of the Guild’s New York offices.
The attending members received information on the workings of the DGA, its governance, its collective bargaining agreements, the responsibilities and privileges of membership, and DGA pension and health. Council members and DGA staff discussed a variety of issues that affect ADs and UPMs; members drew from their perspective and experiences to help new members understand the challenges and rewards of their work.
The session began with an introduction and welcome from AD/UPM Council East Member Education Committee Co-Chair Michael Reichman and an overview of the operations and procedures of the Guild from DGA Assistant Executive Director Jean Frost. National Board Member Steve Glanzrock presented a brief tutorial on the governance of the Guild, then Jean Frost and DGA Contracts Administrator Mike Ryan did likewise for the collective bargaining agreements. DGA Field Representatives Joe Longo, Erica Koenig, and Matthew Summersgill explained how the Field Reps and the Contracts Department work together to protect the membership. Then Council 1st Vice Chair Les McDonough and Council Member Glen Trotiner spoke about the responsibilities and privileges of DGA membership. Reichman read a statement from Associate National Board Member and AD/UPM Council Member Mary Rae Thewlis about the workings and advantages of the DGA Pension and Health Plans, and Council member Richard Brick explained the importance of supporting the DGA PAC. Council member Lyn Pinezich spoke about the importance of maintaining good community relations on the job, and Member Education Committee member Alison Rosa presented the report: Landing the Job/Preparing for the Slow Times. The orientation ended with a Q&A session, moderated by Reichman where new members could ask questions of the Council members and DGA staff.
All attendees were then invited to stay for the Eastern AD/UPM Council meeting which immediately followed. During the meeting, current AD/UPM Council East Chair Thomas Whelan presented a certificate of appreciation from the Council to former Chair Louis Guerra.