Union Votes Down Deal
11 July 2008 5:08 AM, PDT
Latest: A Hollywood union has taken the first step towards an actors strike - by voting down a proposed deal with studio bosses.
Members of the 120,000-strong Screen Actors Guild (SAG) have rejected a three-year deal offered by the major Hollywood studios and TV networks.
After five hours of talks on Thursday, union bosses dismissed the proposed contract.
They then presented their own counter-offer, which was rejected by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) - the body representing the major studios and networks.
The news comes just three days after Hollywood's smaller union, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), voted in favour of a deal with the AMPTP.
But the decision by SAG members brings the threat of an actor's strike this summer a step closer - with AMPTP bosses refusing to renegotiate the deal, and SAG chiefs vowing to fight on to secure a better deal for their members.
A representative for the AMPTP says, "We made it clear our final (offer) is our final and that we're not interested in further counter-proposals.
"The last thing we need is a long, hot summer of labour strife that puts even more pressure on a badly struggling economy and deprives audiences of the entertainment they clearly desire in such difficult times."
tvldiva wrote:Looks like there will be an actor's strike. Depending on how long the strike last, it can mess with next season's shows. At least the guys can keep on writing, they just can't act. Wait- that didn't come out right. Oh, you know what I mean.
JulesJules wrote:That's true, but the delay isn't being caused because the guys feel the need more time. It's being caused by a strike, which is totally different. IF the strike occurs that is.
tvldiva wrote:I just read that AMPTP and SAG(the two actors unions) are getting together to "talk". So far, these two have not agreed on anything, so who knows what they are going to do. It would be nice if they could come to an agreement and let everyone get on with work! There are alot of below the line workers(like myself) that have been struggling since the writers strike.
Los Angeles, July 16, 2008 â€“ Small contingents of the negotiating committees for Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers met for two hours today at AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks. Both parties agreed to keep the contents of todayâ€™s meeting confidential.
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