Monday, June 09, 2008

AFTRA and SAG may strike "a separate peace," or they may not

There is some controversy this morning about what is going on with the AFTRA and SAG talks, and there are many media stories.

The Board of Directors of the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists (AFTRA) has sent to its membership a proposed new contract agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) and recommended ratification. AFTRA claims better pay and working conditions and, following a concern well known with writers, a better royalty deal with republication on the Internet and “New Media.” The AFTRA Press Release is here.

However the Screen Actors Guild has issued its own press release, in which it discusses its request that AFTRA hold off on a vote, which it seems to believe could undermine SAG’s negotiations.

The SAG Press Release from Doug Allen is here. The SAG Home Page gives details of a “Solidarity Rally” in Los Angeles today.

Update: July 2, 2007

The SAG deadline seems to have passed with the Union in a holding pattern. The Variety story this morning by Cynthial Littleton, Michael Flemming is "Hollywood cools after SAG deadline: Industry not in WGA frenzy despite uncertainy," link here. The SAG website this morning has a banner "Vote NO on AFTRA's Prime TV Exhibit A Contract" and indicates that more that 4000 SAG actors have signed a solidarity statement.

Update: July 9, 2008

AFTRA members have ratified the new contract. Link to the story is here.

SAG's latest link on its own negotiations is here.

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