Category Archives: SAG Strike + SAG Negotiations

SAG Press Release Re: SAG Board Approving Tentative Agreement

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When the terms are sent to the SAG membership, there will be both pro-and-con arguments, sent along with that. I’ll be posting that.

If there’s more necessary, such as things not covered, details, or simply what that means, in terms of work-a-day experiences for working actors, or pay, or even ramifications of increases, losses, and all that subtext of “putting off ’til tomorrow” stuff. (…Uh, the Renegotiating-Later-Theme, that has been underlying this whole deal.)
Here’s the official SAG PRESS RELEASE…


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SAG Tentative Agreement Reached:: Actor Commercials Contract

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SAG President Alan Rosenberg Emails Actor Members about tentatively settled Commercials Contract…Here’s the email…Not an April Fools joke.


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Scott Wilson Does The Math On The Actor Contracts :: Video

Did I hear you correctly, Mr. Scott Wilson? How many hundreds of millions of dollars, was that? (That won’t go to actors…) Instead, then, who does that money go to?


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Variety Gives Full Article To Actor Rally

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So I am reprinting this article piece from Variety, about the Actor Rally at the Justice Dept, tomorrow, in LA
Because I am swelled with pride, to see the actors’ side, and some detail. For once.
Thanks, Dave McNary.


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Pro-Actor:: Ed Asner’s Rousing Speech From Actor Rally At CBS

Ed Asner says into the megaphone, in this video :Hopefully you will make them produce leaders… Who have compassion… Who understand this business… And who appreciate actors…You are artists..Never forget it…


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Pro-Actor:: Ed Asner's Rousing Speech From Actor Rally At CBS

Ed Asner says into the megaphone, in this video :Hopefully you will make them produce leaders… Who have compassion… Who understand this business… And who appreciate actors…You are artists..Never forget it…


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Rally Info For Mar 26 :: Plus Latest SAG Issue Explained

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SAG Actors Rallies Are Now Held Every Thursday. Scott Wilson announced that the next SAG Actors Rally will be Thursday, March 26, 2009, from 11 AM to 2 PM, in front of the Department of Justice. In downtown Los Angeles: See map below.

“This rally is timely in light of the fact that the NLRB is investigating SAG Interim NED David White and SAG Board members on unfair labor practices because of their refusal to give members a chance to have a voice in their future: Whether voting on the AMPTP’s final offer, or a strike authorization. This is all part and parcel of a conflict of interest that is rampant in our industry.”

–from Sagwatchdog.net

Letter from Scott Wilson regarding Actors Rally:

We are drawing attention to the fact that the handful of vertically integrated corporations who finance, distribute and exhibit motion picture and video productions, have gained unchecked control over the entertainment industry. They are denying the professionals of the Screen Actors Guild below star level -supporting actors, stunts, dancers, jingles, background – a fair participation in the rewards of this very lucrative business. In our collective bargaining process these giant corporations have demanded rollbacks that ruthlessly cut down the minimum safety net on which our membership depends – residuals, pensions, health care. All our unions have been impacted. Conflicts of interest are rampant. We call on the Department of Justice to investigate the anti-trust implications of these corporations that have abused their market power to disadvantage the entire creative community.

In solidarity
Scott Wilson
Henry Kingi

Directions for Actors Rally:

This week’s Rally is at the Department of Justice, 312 N Spring Street in Downtown Los Angeles on THURSDAY, March 26, at 11am-2pm. Public parking at the Olvera Street Market. The nearest Metro Rail station would be Union Station, from there head west on Arcadia Street or Aliso Street , turn L on Spring Street. 312 is on the first block of Spring Street after the freeway bridge, 3-4 blocks from Union station.

More from Sagwatchdog.net:

The letter to SAG General Counsel Duncan Crabtree-Ireland from the National Labor Relations Board is dated March 20, 2009. It begins, “This is to advise you that the enclosed charge alleging the commission of an unfair labor practice within the meaning of the National Labor Relations Act…has been filed with this office.”

The letter asks for full cooperation and advises Mr. Crabtree-Ireland that a refusal to fully cooperate might cause a case to be litigated unnecessarily. It stipulates that the Region cannot honor any limitations, including claims of confidentiality.

It, also, states that all unfair labor practice charges are subject to prompt disclosure to the members of the public upon request under the Freedom of Information Act.

The charges in this case stem from a claim made to the NLRB, by a paid up SAG member, that his rights were being violated by interim NED David White and others on The SAG National Board, who were working against the membership by not getting out the contract to allow them to vote on it. The member included the Sixty Day Clause advising the NLRB that if no action was taken within the sixty day period, the AMPTP could arbitrarily impose the contract on the members.

Secondly, he advised the NLRB about his concerns of the “gagging” of SAG President Alan Rosenberg, and curtailing his ability to speak to the membership about what the member characterized as coup of our board by New York and the Branches.

The member, also, said that he was told that if any other SAG members had similar concerns they should contact the NLRB.

What I have to say about it all: I don’t claim to understand much of this, and I have read conflicting arguments, and they all seem legal and logical. BUT, there is one major overriding issue, that trumps all the arguing, for me; and that’s why I show up…


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Two ‘Unknown Actors’ Got Cast In The Hottest Film Project Of ’67…

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Within a month of publication, a movie version of the book went into pre-production.
The film studio wanted actors Paul Newman and Steve McQueen to play the killers.
Instead, the director, Richard Brooks, cast two unknown actors…Who were they??


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Two 'Unknown Actors' Got Cast In The Hottest Film Project Of '67…

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Within a month of publication, a movie version of the book went into pre-production.
The film studio wanted actors Paul Newman and Steve McQueen to play the killers.
Instead, the director, Richard Brooks, cast two unknown actors…Who were they??


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Ed Asner Talks To Dana Kaminski, About SAG Strike:: Video

While filming him (at CBS SAG Actor Rally) I got to experience the wonderfulness of Ed Asner. No, not in the way you may think. In this way, rather: he is, in person, unstoppably cute. Lovable, in the maximum degree. I really had to restrain myself, I kept feeling myself reaching forward, to hug him. Not kidding. (Included is a video of him and I, chatting about the potential of a SAG Strike…)


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Actors Rallied At Fox Studios Yesterday :: Video

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All the Fox shows, and others, will be re-run on Hulu. Hulu pays nothing to actors. Hulu has advertising. Whatever money Hulu makes on these shows that they air, actors get nothing from that. Nothing, no part of profit, no payment, for performing in these shows. Hulu can replay television shows numerous times, and collect advertising dollars. And keep it all. (…more)


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Who Are These “Middle Class Actors” That SAG Is Representing?

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These middle-class actors, in these videos (Recognize them?)…They did the math. For you, so you don’t have to.
Maybe it’s because they are real working actors. (Recognize them?) And, they’re not obscuring what is important, with all that other stuff…gossipy-drama that most of the press puts front-and-center, when they write about SAG…


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Who Are These "Middle Class Actors" That SAG Is Representing?

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These middle-class actors, in these videos (Recognize them?)…They did the math. For you, so you don’t have to.
Maybe it’s because they are real working actors. (Recognize them?) And, they’re not obscuring what is important, with all that other stuff…gossipy-drama that most of the press puts front-and-center, when they write about SAG…


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More Non-Factual, Non-News About SAG Non-Strike, In The News

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My Advice To Actors Hasn’t Changed, Nor Has Any News About A Strike Authorization:
When you see “SAG news” in the press, ignore it.
It’s not news.


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SAG Actors Get A New Vote: But About Contract, Instead of Strike?

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Example: For an actor who has never worked, the $28 dollars that the AMPTP is offering for per-show (with no residuals for any re-play)…well, that may seem great to a young actor who has never had a paying job. Or who has spent a year, breaking their back, suffering indignities, and maybe doing “background”/extra work, so as to get their “3 jobs” so they could qualify for eligibility for a SAG card…)


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