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Media Companies Blast SAG Counter-Offer

Jul 10, 2008  •  Post A Comment

A meeting today between the Screen Actors Guild and media company representatives in their labor dispute produced no immediate progress toward a resolution, with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers saying SAG was over-reaching.
SAG had delivered the AMPTP a counter to that group’s offer of a new labor contract. The biggest actors union has been working without a deal for two weeks, and the standoff is escalating fears that the television industry may be thrust into a second strike in a year’s time.
The AMPTP discounted the SAG counter offer.
“Today’s meeting demonstrated that SAG’s Membership First contingent unreasonably expects to obtain more in these negotiations than directors, writers and other actors obtained during their negotiations,” the media companies said in a statement.
In its own two-sentence statement, SAG said union committee members will meet Friday to mull the AMPTP’s response.
Earlier in the week, SAG’s union cousin, the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists, ratified its deal with the AMPTP by a margin of more than 62%, a slimmer margin than other recent contract ratifications. SAG lobbieed AFTRA members to turn down the contract, partially for support in its own negotiations. Higher support for an AFTRA contract indicates shakier support for SAG hardliners who are holding out for more concessions.
A fear at this point in negotiations is that producers could simply walk away from the table, considering that the AMPTP referred to its June 30 offer as its “last, best and final offer.”
Producers did leave the table during terse talks with the Writers Guild of America in the early days of the writers strike last year.
(Editor: Baumann)

One Comment

  1. SAG lobbieed AFTRA members to turn down the contract, partially for support in its own negotiations.
    “Lobbieed”?
    Anyone ever thought of using spell check? It’s there for a reason.

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