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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    Posted: Wed., Jan. 28, 2009, 6:24pm PT

    SAG talks to start Tuesday

    Threat of strike still alive at Guild


    By Dave McNary
    Variety

    Despite the firing of Doug Allen and Tuesday's resumption of contract talks with the congloms, the Screen Actors Guild's threatened strike remains alive -- at least on SAG's website, which still sports a list of 6,000 members who support a strike authorization.

    As of early Wednesday, SAG and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers had not announced officially when they would meet to hammer out a deal. But later in the day, they agreed on Tuesday and Wednesday dates.

    The moderate majority of SAG's national board booted Allen out Monday as national exec director and chief negotiator, replacing him with David White as interim exec director and John McGuire as chief negotiator. Allen's ousting had been widely anticipated ever since his supporters prevented his firing by staging an extraordinary 28-hour filibuster at the Jan. 12-13 emergency board meeting. However, the changes in SAG's direction have not been fully acknowledged on the guild's website, which was still running a video Wednesday of Allen explaining why SAG needs a yes vote on the authorization.
    SAG talks to start Tuesday - Entertainment News, Business News, Media - Variety

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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    Message from SAG Interim National Executive Director David White and Chief Negotiator John T. McGuire


    Dear Screen Actors Guild member,

    On February 17 & 18, 2009, the SAG TV/Theatrical Negotiating Task Force and your staff negotiating team will meet with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) regarding our TV/Theatrical contract. We will engage in serious discussions in an effort to reach a fair, equitable agreement on your behalf.

    We have agreed with the AMPTP to refrain from negotiating in the press and have issued a joint statement announcing the talks, but we wanted to take this opportunity to advise you directly of these face-to-face meetings next week.

    We appreciate your questions, comments and input and have been reviewing the hundreds of emails and correspondence you have sent to the [email protected] mailbox as well as those comments expressed to many of us directly . Our membership clearly has a broad scope of opinions about the upcoming negotiations and we encourage you to continue to share your opinions with us and with the task force. Your insights and opinions are helpful and we are listening.

    Please check your inbox and the SAG website at SAG.org for updates as they become available.

    In solidarity,

    David White & John T. McGuire
    Message from SAG Interim National Executive Director David White and Chief Negotiator John T. McGuire | Screen Actors Guild

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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    Posted: Tue., Feb. 17, 2009, 11:12am PT

    Picketers protest SAG talks

    Opposing orgs fuel feud outside AMPTP offices

    By Dave McNary
    Variety

    About 100 picketers demonstrated Tuesday outside the site where SAG and the congloms are resuming contract talks.

    Wet weather held down the turnout for both groups -- SAG faction Membership First, which plans to oppose any deal that emerges; and Let's Get Back to Work, a below-the-line org urging both sides to make a deal as soon as possible.

    Both held early demonstrations outside the Galleria shopping center near AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks.

    Leaders of the Screen Actors Guild have refused to accept the final offer from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. That offer -- which mirrors terms agreed to by the other Hollywood unions -- has been on the table since June 30, when SAG's film-TV contract expired.

    "We know that it's a bad deal," said George Billinger, a cinematographer with a Back To Work sign. "But in this economy, SAG isn't going to get a better deal than the other unions."

    Ed Gutentag, who organized the Back to Work group last month, said, "We need people to see that this situation remaining unresolved is having a real impact."
    Picketers protest SAG talks - Entertainment News, Business News, Media - Variety

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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    AMPTP gives SAG its 'final offer'

    Talks break off; guild has 60 days to respond

    By Jay A. Fernandez
    The Hollywood Reporter
    Feb 19, 2009, 08:13 PM ET
    Updated: Feb 20, 2009, 12:39 AM ET

    SAG and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers broke off negotiations around 8:30 p.m. Thursday on the heels of the AMPTP's delivery of a "last, best and final offer." The two parties had been meeting for the third day in a row to hammer out a resolution to a new TV-theatrical contract.

    The new offer is valid for 60 days, at which point the AMPTP reserves the right "to modify or withdraw the terms of the offer." The two sides have no further scheduled negotiating sessions.

    The AMPTP had proferred what it termed its "final offer" on June 30 but has made some changes to it that the SAG negotiating task force will now deliver to its national board Saturday for possible approval. That's hardly a sure thing at this point as partisans on both sides of the guild's internal divide may deem the "enhancements" too slight to merit sending it on to the membership for ratification.

    Among the changes are a withdrawal of the AMPTP's proposal on French hours and a reinstated "revised clause" that addresses force majeure protections. Minimums and pension and health rate contributions also received small bumps. (The new contract offer is posted at www.amptp.org.)

    A particular sticking point is likely to be the provision that deems the new three-year contract active from the moment of ratification and not from the retroactive date of the previous contract's expiration, June 30, 2008. If ratified, the new contract would not begin until March or April (as it takes the union at least a month to ratify), pushing back the expiration of the new contract to spring 2012.

    Because the WGA and DGA agreements expire in spring 2011, the timing would not allow SAG to band together with its sister unions for a stronger bargaining position during the next contract go-round. The AMPTP included a clause that states that if SAG and AFTRA ratify a new contract by June 30, 2011, then the 2009 contract would end then and the new one would begin.
    AMPTP gives SAG its 'final offer'

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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    Posted: Wed., Mar. 11, 2009, 8:19pm PT

    Tom Hanks enters SAG fray

    Joins Clooney to move guild towards resolution


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    By Dave McNary
    Variety

    Tom Hanks has gotten involved in SAG's stalled contract negotiations, joining George Clooney in informal approaches on behalf of the Screen Actors Guild.

    The moves by the stars over the past week are aimed at nudging the guild and the congloms off their stalemate over the issue of when the SAG's master feature-primetime contract would expire.

    SAG and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers had no comment late Wednsday about the talks. The moderates who gained control SAG's national board last fall had indicated in recent weeks that they would be reaching out to the moguls.

    Disney CEO Robert Iger and News Corp. prexy Peter Chernin helped craft the DGA and WGA deals early last year but had not yet intervened in SAG's talks. Hanks and Clooney joined with Robert DeNiro and Meryl Streep more tha a year ago in urging SAG leaders to negotiate as early as possible.

    Instead, SAG's current deal expired nearly nine months ago on June 30 when the AMPTP made its final offer to SAG. The two sides nearly reached three weeks ago but those talks cratered over the issue of the contract expiration date.

    SAG's pushing for a two-year deal that would keep its expiration in line with the terminations of the DGA, WGA and AFTRA deals while. The congloms have insisted on a three-year term, asserting that it needs as much labor peace as possible and declaring that giving SAG a shorter term would break precedent.

    SAG's negotiating task force - installed by the moderate coalition that controls SAG's national board -- agreed to the congloms' "last, best, final" offer on Feb. 19 but would not give in to the demand for a full three-year deal .
    Tom Hanks enters SAG fray - Entertainment News, Business News, Media - Variety

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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers Reach Tentative Agreement on TV/Theatrical Deal

    LOS ANGELES (April 17, 2009) – The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and Screen Actors Guild today announced that the parties have reached tentative agreement on successor agreements to the Producer-Screen Actors Guild Codified Basic Agreement.

    Details of the agreement covering television programs and motion pictures will not be disclosed prior to review by the SAG national board of directors this Sunday, April 19, at a previously scheduled board meeting via videoconference in Los Angeles and New York.
    Screen Actors Guild's negotiators will present the tentative agreement to the Screen Actors Guild national board of directors for approval and referral to the membership for ratification.
    Joint SAG-AMPTP Statement | Screen Actors Guild

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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    Highlights of 2009 tentative agreement

    Provisions of the proposed deal include:

    • A two-year term of agreement concluding June 30, 2011.
    • 3.0% wage increases upon ratification and 3.5% wage increases one year following ratification.
    • .5% increase in pension contributions upon ratification.
    • A new media structure that tracks those achieved by other industry unions, resulting in gains for actors including:
    • Jurisdiction on all derivative, made-for new media productions; automatic jurisdiction on all high-budget, original, made-for new media productions; plus jurisdiction on low-budget original new media productions that employ at least 1 covered performer.
    • Residuals for exhibition of TV and Theatrical motion pictures on consumer pay platforms (electronic sell through) at a greater percentage than those paid for DVD distribution.
    • Residuals for ad-supported streaming of feature films and television programs.
    • Residuals for derivative new media programs, and residuals for high-budget original made-for new media programs on consumer pay platforms.
    • Additional 5 covered background actors in feature films in Hollywood during the contract term. From 50 to 53 covered background positions upon ratification of the contract, and from 53 to 55 covered background positions in year 2. Adds 1 covered background position in TV in Hollywood, from 19 to 20, upon ratification.
    • For the first time, stunt coordinators employed on television motion pictures will participate in revenue-based residuals.
    • Increased residuals when TV shows re-run in network primetime. Ceiling increase of 2.5% upon ratification. Another 2.5% increase 2 years from ratification.
    • Increased compensation for guest star performers–premium increase from 7.5% to 10%.
    • Increased trailer money break from $2,500 to $3,000, or more per week.
    • Increased overtime money break for three-day performers from $2,700 to $3,000.
    • Increased schedule breaks—from $5,500 per week to $6,000 per week for theatrical motion pictures, and from $4,400 per week to $4,650 per week for TV shows, both effective 1 year from ratification.
    • Increased hazard pay for dancers.
    Highlights of Tentative Agreement | Screen Actors Guild

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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    Screen Actors Guild Members Overwhelmingly Ratify TV/Theatrical Agreements

    Los Angeles, (June 9, 2009) – Screen Actors Guild announced today that members have voted overwhelmingly to approve its TV/Theatrical contracts by a vote of 78 percent to 22 percent.
    The two-year successor agreement covers film and digital television programs, motion pictures and new media productions. The pact becomes effective at 12:01 a.m. June 10, 2009 and expires June 30, 2011.

    The contracts provide more than $105 million in wages, increased pension contributions, and other gains and establishes a template for SAG coverage of new media formats.

    Approximately 110,000 SAG members received ballots of which 35.26 percent returned them – a return that is above average compared with typical referenda on Screen Actors Guild contracts. Integrity Voting Systems of Everett, WA, provided election services and tonight certified the final vote tally upon completion of the tabulation.

    The vote count in the Hollywood Division was 70.70 percent to 29.30 percent in favor. In the New York Division, the vote count was 85.74 percent to 14.26 percent in favor. And in the Regional Branch Division, the vote count was 89.06 percent to 10.94 percent in favor.

    Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg said, "The membership has spoken and has decided to work under the terms of this contract that many of us, who have been involved in these negotiations from the beginning, believe to be devastatingly unsatisfactory. Tomorrow morning I will be contacting the elected leadership of the other talent unions with the hope of beginning a series of pre-negotiation summit meetings in preparation for 2011. I call upon all SAG members to begin to ready themselves for the battle ahead,” Rosenberg added.

    Full release & reactions at:
    Screen Actors Guild Members Overwhelmingly Ratify TV/Theatrical Agreements | Screen Actors Guild

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