Friday, July 18, 2008

SAG And Producers Fail To Reach Agreement

The Associated Press (AP) reported on Thursday that the Hollywood Studios and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) are at an impasse in their negotiations.

The SAG contract expired last month, but actors have continued to work while their union and the producers continued talking. The two sides met for two hours on Wednesday without coming to agreement. No further meetings are scheduled at this time, and neither side was willing to comment.
The meeting came a week after the union rejected what the producers called their final contract offer . . . The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers has been calling on union leaders to allow actors to vote on a contract offer that it said would provide $250 million in additional compensation over three years . . . The producers said if the offer is not ratified by Aug. 15, any proposed wage increases would not be made retroactive to July 1.
The Screen Actors Guild is the last of the large unions to go up against the producers in the fight for more compensation for DVDs. The writers and directors failed to get what they wanted in their negotiations.
SAG also wants more say for actors when they are asked to endorse products in scripted shows.

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