June 30, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Los Angeles, CA – SAG-AFTRA’s national board voted unanimously June 25 to send members strike-authorization ballots if the union can’t reach a deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers by June 30, when their current contract expires.
“We have presented reasonable proposals to address the critical concerns facing our members and that are integral to making a living in this industry,” the union said in a letter to members. “The AMPTP has responded with outrageous rollbacks that cut to the core of our basic terms and conditions. Despite our efforts, the AMPTP has failed to move on our most critical issues.” Key issues in the talks include wages, increasing residuals, contributions to the union’s pension plan, contracts requiring exclusivity for actors in short-season series, and payments for travel-related expenses. Authorizing a strike would need a 75% majority vote. Read more
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