SAG Leaders Called Out by NY Wing

Jun 13, 2008  •  Post A Comment

New York Screen Actors Guild members criticized the guild’s leadership for spending $100,000 on a campaign to defeat the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists’ tentative agreement with the studios, the Los Angeles Times reports. The New York division, which represents about a fifth of the guild’s 122,000 members, called SAG’s actions “unconscionable,” the newspaper says. Meanwhile, the studios yesterday accused SAG of stalling after its leader Alan Rosenberg said he was doubtful an agreement could be reached by the time the guild’s current primetime contract expires June 30, Daily Variety reports.
—Danny King


  1. I have Guild and union cards with several institutions and I am also management. I am a moderate who believes in a win-win for everyone in this industry.
    SAG members need to get Mr. Rosenberg in line or oust him. In today’s world AFTRA and the DGA and the WGA gained some ground and everyone can at least make a living in the ever expanding, splintering technical world of media.
    Now it is time for the SAG membership to tell the likes of Rosenberg to break out a pen, or get lost.
    Peter Bright

  2. I agree with Peter. The brinkmanship displayed by current SAG leadership is irresponsible.
    Even more incomprehensible is the Writer’s Guild now supporting SAG’s hard stance and saying the deal they themselves agreed to was not good enough.
    If the WGA goes on strike again to support a SAG strike, they all deserve to be fired. Every WGA member should go “fi-core” and quit the union if that happens.
    As for the actors, the rich ones should all be replaced, once any any strike is over.
    Hopefully one can still be avoided.
    The time to negotiate seriously is now. As Jim Morrison said: “The time to hestitate is through, no time to wallow in the mire. I know we can only lose, and our love become a funeral pyre.”

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