Screen Actors Guild: Pressure growing to avoid another Hollywood strike

Pressure is mounting on the Screen Actors Guild to secure a contract before the June 30 deadline, in order to avert another crippling Hollywood strike. On Wednesday, labor unions like the Directors Guild of America and the Los Angeles chapter of the AFL-CIO joined Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in supporting the tentative agreement struck recently between SAG’s fellow union, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The 70,000 members of AFTRA were mailed ballots to ratify the deal on June 17; those are due back July 8.

“The DGA applauds the successful conclusion of the AFTRA/AMPTP negotiations,” said DGA President Michael Apted in a statement released by AFTRA. “This deal demonstrates that no matter how challenging the issues, when both sides are determined to take a positive approach to problem-solving, concrete advances in jurisdiction, wages and working conditions can be made.”

While its negotiations drag on with the AMPTP, SAG continues to campaign against the deal achieved by AFTRA by accusing the smaller actors union of leaving major points on the negotiating table (such as increases in DVD residuals and compensation for product placement, which AFTRA disputes). SAG hopes to persuade the 40,000-plus members who are affiliated with both unions to vote against the AFTRA deal, since SAG “represents 10 times more scripted primetime network series than AFTRA” and 100 percent of actors in motion pictures, according to the SAG website. “SAG is the actor’s union,” the site says.

But widespread concern about another work stoppage has begun
to cast a pall on Hollywood (though SAG must get approval from its
members — a time-consuming process — before it decides to hit the
picket lines if a deal is not reached). It appears likely that SAG will
continue to negotiate with the AMPTP beyond June 30, the day when the
union’s current contract expires. “God, I really hope there isn’t an
actor’s strike,” Steve Carell told EW.com at the recent premiere of Get Smart.
“I will do what my union wants to do, but this industry and this town
and this state do not need another strike. It is devastating. And I
like working, so I want to be able to go back.”

Other actors like Get Smart costar Terry Crews (Everybody Hates Chris)
can’t help but show their impatience with the protracted negotiations.
“I gotta get my jobs. I gotta look out for Terry Crews and family. I
got bills to pay. It is ridiculous that anyone would think that we
should go through all that s— again in the same year. This is a good
living if you can make it work; this is not drilling holes in sheet
metal for a living. So, people, let’s all realize how lucky we are and
work s— out. It is like watching your family in a fight. What are you
going to do? They keep fighting over something stupid. Or, worse,
nothing, and, meanwhile, no one gets to eat the Thanksgiving turkey
until they’re done. The turkey is getting cold. People eat the turkey
and shut up.” (Additional reporting by Carrie Bell)

But widespread concern about another work stoppage has begunto cast a pall on Hollywood (though SAG must get approval from itsmembers — a time-consuming process — before it decides to hit thepicket lines if a deal is not reached). It appears likely that SAG willcontinue to negotiate with the AMPTP beyond June 30, the day when theunion’s current contract expires. "God, I really hope there isn’t anactor’s strike," Steve Carell told EW.com at the recent premiere of Get Smart."I will do what my union wants to do, but this industry and this townand this state do not need another strike. It is devastating. And Ilike working, so I want to be able to go back."

Other actors like Get Smart costar Terry Crews (Everybody Hates Chris)can’t help but show their impatience with the protracted negotiations."I gotta get my jobs. I gotta look out for Terry Crews and family. Igot bills to pay. It is ridiculous that anyone would think that weshould go through all that s— again in the same year. This is a goodliving if you can make it work; this is not drilling holes in sheetmetal for a living. So, people, let’s all realize how lucky we are andwork s— out. It is like watching your family in a fight. What are yougoing to do? They keep fighting over something stupid. Or, worse,nothing, and, meanwhile, no one gets to eat the Thanksgiving turkeyuntil they’re done. The turkey is getting cold. People eat the turkeyand shut up.” (Additional reporting by Carrie Bell)

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  • Michael Russnow

    As a member of the WGAw and a supporter of our fellow labor unions getting as large a slice as we can out of the billions the studios and networks make per year, the SAG leadership, along with the WGA leadership earlier this year, are only asking for what is fair. The WGA finally said, “No!” after years of passive leadership, which led to the DGA’s getting the AMPTP to finally discuss reasonable terms for product on the Internet. It was the WGA, which provided that climate and which added to the deal significantly.
    Now, it is SAG’s turn, as the strongest union in town re work stoppage capability. SAG Members have to care about their future and not only about the short term. That’s how all our historic benefits have been won. Benefits not shared at all by our European colleagues, witness two German actors, who spoke of their plight not long ago. First, Andreas Stenschke:

    and Detlef Behr:

  • RichardMHansen

    I want mine too! That’s why it’s time to STRIKE!!!

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  • Jimmy Jay

    There is no better time to STRIKE. SAG has to walk out if there’s not a beneficial result to the negotiations or the Mega-Corporation Studios will continue to steal earnings not only from the actors, but from all of the hard working crew members that work anonymously below the line.
    Now is the time to be selfish. The writer’s sure didn’t care if all of California was out of work and they made a good deal for themselves. So SAG, do the same!!!!

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