SAG Negotiations End With No Deal

Posted on May 7, 2008

Nelson here…

It appears that the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) negotiations with the AMPTP have resulted in no new contract.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood producers on Tuesday temporarily broke off contract talks with the Screen Actors Guild, calling its demands regarding DVD sales and online content “unreasonable.” “With SAG’s continued adherence to unreasonable demands in both new and traditional media, continuing negotiations at this time does not make sense,” the producers said in a statement. The guild responded in a statement by saying the producers’ decision to end talks after 18 days was unfortunate. Both sides have said they sought to avoid a repeat of the 100-day writers strike that ended in February. The union’s contract for films and prime-time TV shows expires June 30.

Bay weighs in:

SAG wants more than Directors and Writers? That’s a smart tactic I guess. When are people going to understand, most importantly actors – we are at war – we are facing a major recession – our country is in dire need of being fixed – our country also has no money because we have given trillions to the Iraq war and we have NOT even started to pay for it – it is just paid right now by printing more money on presses – China owns our ass in every way. Why not strike on a business in a down fall. Just like the writer’s they made pennies on the four extra months striking – when you do the real math and they are paying the price for it still – so many writer’s out of work still!!! I want this business to thrive – I know the studio heads and they will punish those that defy them. Okay, be an idealist – but you will never get a better deal then the writer’s or directors – only the same – the studio’s will never allow it, don’t kid yourself. The working actors don’t want a strike – they have said so. Too many non working actors have a say which is crazy – maybe there are just too many actors?? Gosh I’m even a member of SAG, but I don’t feel I’ve earned the right to vote in this guild.

One hunch, the leaders of these guilds seem to like the limelight they get in the press, it becomes more about the ego in the room rather than something smart. Striking is not smart. Through the history in America, strikes in businesses have only gained the union worker 6% at the max – so take the emotion out of it and go for the 6%. A path to strike is not smart for the the hundreds of thousands of people in this business. Sanity needs to prevail here – talk real and talk the same talk as your union brothers – not more!