Modine, the leader of anti-union party Membership First, was defeated for the presidency by Gabrielle Carteris in 2019, but he's determined to fight on - and he has recruited Fisher, a former national board member, as his sidekick.
"The union spends exorbitant amounts of our own members' money attempting to convince us that our contracts have been successfully negotiated," Modine said. "The truth is they fall far short of the economic conditions facing performers today."
"I'm running to ensure that each of the locals across the United States are truthfully and transparently represented."
The actor reveals the top issue he'll be fighting will be "the catastrophic failure" of the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan during the pandemic and benefit cuts that went into effect on January 1 to offset staggering deficits.
"11,750 participants and their dependents, including 8,200 seniors..., were abruptly dropped from their insurance plans," Fisher added. "Matthew and I are determined to replace the Health Plan trustees with more qualified advocates. We'll move to ensure sufficient funding is directed into the Health and Pension Plans during future negotiations."
The pair have also released a joint statement, which read, "We are so excited to begin changing the direction of our Union. We've witnessed the weakening of our contracts with every negotiation. Our financial participation has not kept pace with the extraordinary profits being made by our employers. We intend to change that."
And the stars are thrilled to be working alongside each other. "I am thrilled to be working alongside Matthew Modine," Fisher said. "Matthew is the consummate actor, an incredible family man and a true gentleman. He has a unique wisdom which makes him the right person to lead the union into the future."
Modine added, "Joely is no stranger to the office of national secretary-treasurer. Her iconic mother, Connie Stevens, served in this role for the union from 2005 to 2009. I am absolutely thrilled to be running alongside my dear friend, a wonderful artist with a career to be envied. Joely has the passionate understanding of the needs and difficulties performers face today. Her wisdom and humanity are balanced by her beautiful power of persuasion."