'Titanic' Actress Challenges SAG-AFTRA Benefits Cuts

By Braden Campbell (August 4, 2021, 4:58 PM EDT) -- A Hollywood actress hit SAG-AFTRA with a proposed class action in California federal court alleging the union deceived members before agreeing to a series of collective bargaining agreements leading to slashed health care benefits for retirees and their families.

Frances Fisher, best known for playing the character Rose's mother in the movie "Titanic," said the union and its lead negotiators violated their duty of fair representation to the union's 160,000 members by pushing them to ratify deals later revealed to necessitate major cuts for a subset of members.

"The benefit cuts effectively eliminated benefits under the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan for thousands...

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