What should a union get its members for Valentine's Day?
When flowers and chocolates just won't cut it - especially when you have over 160,000 members - the safe choice is software. Hence SAG-AFTRA is deploying a specialized app exclusively for its members, the union announced Tuesday, with versions available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play.
The app allows users to track residuals, keep tabs on local productions, read the latest news, get answers to key contract questions, snag special deals and add events directly to their calendars. The app can also dial directly into SAG-AFTRA headquarters if there is an on-set safety issue.
"The SAG-AFTRA app is hands-on information which is imperative in this digital age," said union president Gabrielle Carteris. "National executive director David White … has championed the union's technology advancements from the very start and this app marks another step forward in our digital evolution."
Other elements of that evolution include a new residuals direct deposit program, the creation of a Member Contact Center, a revamped website and acquisition of IT equipment that slashed residuals processing times by 2/3 to under 30 days.
"Improving member service is a key component of our mission at SAG-AFTRA and is a focus I share with our leadership," said White. "With new technologies like mobile apps, we can improve our responsiveness to members' evolving needs while making member engagement with their union easier and more efficient."
Multi-featured though the app may be, a union source confirmed that it won't remind the user to say "I love you" to that special someone. For that you're on your own, at least until version 2.0.