Monday, November 24, 2008

US Acting Union To Hold Strike Ballot

The main Hollywood acting union is preparing to ballot its members after the failure of the latest talks aimed at ending a 5-month deadlock over a new TV/theatrical contract.

Reuters reports that the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) have begun to prepare to ballot members after two-days of mediated talks with the studios organisation the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers, ended without agreement late on Saturday night.

SAG said: "We will now launch a full-scale education campaign in support of a strike-authorization referendum. We will further inform our members about the core, critical issues unique to actors that remain in dispute."

The AMPTP responded by saying: "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."

The AMPTP also sent a strongly worded message to its 300 members.

It said: "The more SAG members understand about the fairness and strength of our offer, especially during a time of historic economic distress, the less likely they will be to authorize a strike."

SAG would require 75% of its voting members to approve a strike.