Pointing to the weak economy, more than 130 stars -- including George Clooney, Matt Damon and Tom Hanks -- have strongly urged SAG members to vote down the guild's strike authorization.
The list also includes Alan Alda, Jason Alexander, Alec Baldwin, Steve Carell, Billy Crystal, Sally Field, Morgan Freeman, Jeremy Irons, Helen Hunt, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Kevin Spacey and Charlize Theron, along with former SAG presidents Patty Duke, Melissa Gilbert and William Schallert.
In a letter sent Monday to leaders of the Screen Actors Guild, the stars said a strike would create more economic hardship and called for SAG to unite with the other Hollywood guilds in three years when the current rounds of contracts expire. Doing so would be a way to "take the high road," they added.
The letter was issued shortly before guild president Alan Rosenberg spoke before an overflow crowd of several hundred at a SAG town hall meeting Monday night at the Westin Times Square. Prior to the meeting, New York board member Paul Christie described New York members as "pretty ticked off" about the strike authorization.