Actors Reject Producers’ ‘Last Best’ Offer

Feb 22, 2009  •  Post A Comment

The Screen Actors Guild Saturday rejected the “last best” contract offer from media companies, dissolving hopes that a change in leadership at the union would produce a quick resolution to the labor dispute.
SAG’s board voted 73% to 27% against accepting the contract offer from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The union identified the producers’ insistence that the term of the new contract put its expiration out of sync with the writers and directors guilds as the sticking point.
“What management presented as a compromise is, in fact, an attempt to separate Screen Actors Guild from other industry unions,” SAG said in a statement.
The AMPTP offer would have extended SAG’s contract to 2012, while the other unions’ deals will expire in 2011. The alliance characterized its SAG offer as equivalent to the other unions’ deals.
“We simply cannot offer SAG a better deal than the rest of the industry achieved under far better economic conditions than those now confronting our industry,” the AMPTP said in a statement.

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