SAG, AMPTP talks fail: Is an actors strike coming?

Thought we were all done with this? Think again: After its attempt to negotiate with the conglomerates failed (again) on Friday, the Screen Actors Guild announced it will mount a “full-scale education campaign” to convince its 120,000-plus members to support a strike authorization vote. The union needs approval from 75 percent of its voting members in order to launch a strike. SAG has been working without a contract since June and is the only major Hollywood union without a deal. The writers, directors, and daytime soap stars have already hammered out their own agreements with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

“Critical issues unique to actors remain in dispute,” according to a union statement. “We have already made difficult decisions and sacrifices in an attempt to reach an agreement. Now it’s time for the SAG members to stand united and empower the national negotiating committee to bargain with the strength of a possible work stoppage behind them.”

Given the country’s deepening recession, it seems unlikely the membership would favor another crippling strike—especially going into awards season. Another work stoppage could result in the cancellation of the Golden Globes, which was already reduced to a cheesy press conference earlier this year because of the 100-day writers’ strike. No timeline has been set for the mailing or return of strike authorization ballots.

The AMPTP released this statement Saturday: “SAG is the only major Hollywood guild that has failed to negotiate a labor deal in 2008. Now, SAG is bizarrely asking its members to bail out the failed negotiating strategy with a strike vote — at a time of historic economic crisis. The tone deafness of SAG is stunning.”

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  • Alex

    What a bunch of greedy, self-serving jerks. I’d like to know why the actors think they are too special for the same deal that the REST OF THE INDUSTRY has. Not only that, the economy is already in shambles, and because they aren’t getting their super-special deal (that no one else got) they are going to put millions of other people out of work? And what really makes me mad is that this isn’t about new media, this is about SAG trying to force the studios’ hand in order to poach territory off of other guilds. It’s a self-serving, beaurocratic agenda only, and if SAG members are smart and honest, they won’t authorize a strike.

  • Maria the Caterer

    Actors are over compensated this gains nothing more than pain and heartache for those who depend on studios.

  • MikePFox

    1) The producers owe $60 million in back residuals accrued over the last ten years that they want completely wiped away.
    2) They want the ability to cut up any movie they want and use it any way they want (SEVEN could be cut up for a 7Up commercial w/o Brad Pitt’s approval) and of course the producers who had nothing to do with the film would get paid for it.
    3) The Prod want to be able to spend $150,000 per 10 min of internet content and run it forever without ever paying any residuals. Meaning they would be paid over and over for commercials for infinity for pure profit.
    These are not the same aspect the WGA and DGA faced and you should know that the WGA is now bring federal charges against the producers for already renegging on their own contract only 6 months in.
    Hollywood makes more money each year and the average actor gets $100 a day) So try asking how much a producer who never steps on set collects.

  • JUK

    I’m so upset right now. This is not fair! Whether a strike happens or not, *I* am one of the people who will MASSIVELY suffer because they did not reach a deal. And if a strike happens, well…I’m screwed. This is not fair.
    The producers are being selfish and SAG is being stupid as heck. Right now I just hate everybody. This is not right. I cannot believe this.

  • steve

    I’m sorry, but I used to support all strikes, but this bad timing, people are loosing there houses, Inducing me,Unions are under attack, “Auto union” do they realize that were going through a economic melt down, are these actors that out of touch, Put this thing to rest, for now, These are hard times for the people that support these actors, “CREW” normal a lot of us have other things to do, in these situations, like carpentry, electrical, construction, their are no jobs to be found,NONE, we are withering, Please put this to rest, I bag you, please,

  • steve

    I’m sorry, but I used to support all strikes, but this bad timing, people are loosing there houses, Inducing me,Unions are under attack, “Auto union” do they realize that were going through a economic melt down, are these actors that out of touch, Put this thing to rest, for now, These are hard times for the people that support these actors, “CREW” normal a lot of us have other things to do, in these situations, like carpentry, electrical, construction, their are no jobs to be found,NONE, we are withering, Please put this to rest, I bag you, please,

  • mike

    This just makes me want to go fire up some bit torrents. Screw Hollywood, and screw the overpaid, greedy actors & producers.

  • Al MacLaury

    I have been a local 44 member for 31 years now. I have been through strikes before, usually by the writers or the actors. No one ever makes back what they lose in a strike and the fact is that actors are grossly overpaid for what they do or they do not depend on acting as their sole income. In other words they can afford to strike while the thousands of other studio workers simply can not afford their selfishness. Producers put up the money, they take the risks, many lose money on projects. Not so the actors, they get paid whether or not the project is a success. Let them take what Aftra has taken and be done with it. The slow down this has already cost the industry anticipating another strike has been devastating to the other locals. Grow up actors, you are not nearly as important as you believe and you are killing the rest of us.

  • dp

    If these bozos go on strike the studios should just fire them all; simply never hire any one of them again. They won’t be missed and there are plenty more where they came from. Screw ‘em.

  • Bill H.

    It’s all about greed.
    SAG should get the 75% approval.
    The studios need to be less greedy.
    Actors are ready and willing to strike.
    We missed the DVD revolution because the studios ‘hookwinked’ us.
    Let’s not do this again.

  • LMAO

    To the person who said:
    “SEVEN could be cut up for a 7Up commercial w/o Brad Pitt’s approval) and of course the producers who had nothing to do with the film would get paid for it.”
    Why should Brad have any say though? He did his part, and he got paid. A LOT. That’s that. He did not CREATE the film. The producers created it along with the writers and directors. They funded it/made sure it got funding, watched over it during production, made sure it was property promoted, and so on. Producers work with studios to basically see a film through from before, to during, to long after.
    What do actors do really? They go in and work for a couple months (mostly sitting around playing games in their trailers being waited on by unpaid interns), they then travel around (fully paid by the studio) in fancy cars, first class airline seats, and 5-star hotels to make appearances to promote the film where they get to talk about themselves, look hot, and be loved. And then they ‘re done.

  • tom riordan

    Our “leadership” is such a joke. Hack Rosenberg will never work again and he knows it (not that he worked much before) so the longer he can keep himself in the limeight the better for him. Why did I just pay my dues?!? been working without a contract for months, the union is ignoring the membership… I’m sick to my stomach. NO STRIKE!!!!

  • Tom Strong

    I hate Hollywood actors. F them.

  • tickedfan

    yeah now we don’t get the finales to our fav shows. this also means that because they won’t be able to film any movies in the late Winter/early Spring, that the box office will be pretty boring come Spring/Summer 2010. just somethin to look forward to. thnx u greedy bastards! and thnx for my cousin who works lighting on big flix. he’ll be glad to know he’s losing his home in a few months. :)

  • NoStrikeGuy

    SIGN THE PETITION BLOCKING A STRIKE!!!
    petitiononline.com/DealNow/petition.html

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