SAG Urges Members To Reject AFTRA Deal
More Than Half of AFTRA Members Also Members of SAG.
By B&C Staff -- Broadcasting & Cable, 6/9/2008 11:24:00 PM
The Screen Actors Guild launched the public phase of its contract negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers Monday in the form of a rally in Los Angeles.
With a few hundred members in attendance, speakers including SAG chief Alan Rosenberg, SAG chief negotiator Doug Allen, Writers Guild of America, West chief Patric Verrone and WGAW chief negotiator David Young addressed the crowd. (Click here to watch a video of Rosenberg address the crowd.)
Much of the rhetoric from Rosenberg and Allen centered on the recent AFTRA primetime TV contract that is being sent to members for ratification. With more than half of AFTRA members also in the actors’ guild, the duo pushed SAG members to vote against ratification of the AFTRA deal.
Allen noted that a “no” vote for the AFTRA deal doesn’t necessarily mean a strike, but “sends AFTRA back to the table.”
The current SAG-AMPTP deal expires on June 30, and the sides are currently talking.
Among the SAG members in attendance were Marg Helgenberger, George Takei, Joely Fisher, Ed Asner, Justine Bateman, Lea Thompson and Kate Flannery.(To see a photo gallery of the event, click here.)
TV can't afford another strike.
Were SAG to go on strike, it may be the death knell for television as we know it.
AFTRA has what they believe are good reasons for their members to approve the tentative deal with the AMPTP.
Should the June 30th dealine approach without a deal, SAG and the AMPTP should agree to extend the existing deal until September 30th. That should be enough time to make a deal satisfactory to both sides.
Joseph Gallant - 6/10/2008 1:21:00 PM EDT
After listening to Rosenberg talk about disengenosity, all one can say is "What"? You want AFTRA to kill a good deal they made and get back to the bargainning table with YOU? Are you nuts? And what union leader ever has tried to make the argument that by attacking another sister union helps the cause for higher wages and working conditions?
Spending dues money to attack another union is insane and one hopes that some of the more rational members of SAG will eventually wake up to the fact the Rosenberg and his water-carrier, Doug Allen, are destroying a once-wonderful SAG.
mitchell mcguire - 6/10/2008 9:12:00 AM EDT
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