Does SAG-AFTRA Offer Information About Financial Core?

By Jeff Hatch

Their website offers only a very abbreviated page of negative assertions against Fi-Core, but there are a couple of ways to get more details from the Union. Your first contact with SAG regarding Fi-Core would likely be the Eligibility Letter a person is supposed to receive when they become eligible to join. This letter includes a “Beck Notice”, the part of the letter that lets you know you can choose not to join (e.g. Fi-Core). The Union also has a Fi-Core hotline at 323-549-6667 which leads to a machine where you can leave a message. The caller will then be routed to the appropriate branch office to get their specific questions answered. The hotline is checked every day, and a Union staffer will call back to schedule a phone appointment. If you still haven’t had your questions answered from that call, you can request to speak directly to the Manager of Membership Education at 323-549-6019 who will be happy to talk to you.

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This is one of a series of questions and answers regarding Financial Core for SAG-AFTRA members. Jump to a question:

Intro: Everything You Wanted To Know About Fi-Core But Were Afraid To Ask

What is Financial Core?

Why Would A SAG-AFTRA Actor Want To Go Fi-Core?

Why Would An Actor NOT Want To Choose Fi-Core? What Are The Consequences?

What Does The Union Say About Fi-Core And What Are The Arguments For It?

Is There Really A Stigma Against Fi-Core Actors In The Industry?

Will I Lose My Pension And Benefits?

Right To Work And Fi-Core Permanence

What If I'm SAG-AFTRA And Just Take Non-Union Gigs 'Under The Radar?'

How Many Fi-Core Members Are There?

Fi-Core And The SAG-AFTRA Merger

Does SAG-AFTRA Offer More Detailed Information About Financial Core?

How Would I Go About Getting On Fi-Core Status?

Is The Financial Core Option Right For Me?

References And Resources

About Jeff Hatch

Jeff Hatch trained as a theatre actor in college and conservatory programs and appeared in regional and local theatre in Southern California, Utah and Arizona before pursuing Film and Television in LA. He has worked in several TV, Film and Commercial projects over the past 10 years. He has recently booked several roles in independent feature films, shorts, a prime-time network comedy, a daytime soap and multiple re-enactment documentary programs. Read more about Jeff on IMDb.

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