Tuesday, January 13, 2009

SAG - Hardliners Successful

As of earlier this afternoon, a source inside the room tells me Membership First beat back the majority (composed of moderates) on the SAG Board and prevented passage of a resolution that would have removed Doug Allen as Chief Negotiator and dissolved the Negotiating Committee and rescinded the Strike Authorization Vote.

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UPDATE: Here's SAG's press release:



LOS ANGELES, January 13, 2009 -- SAG President Alan Rosenberg sent the following message to Screen Actors Guild national board members and alternates today:

“At the end of the National Board plenary meeting this afternoon, a group of board members submitted a document to the Guild that purports to deal with the employment of the National Executive Director and the continuing approach to negotiations. After analyzing the document, Screen Actors Guild’s in-house and outside counsel have concluded that the document does not constitute a valid written assent, for several reasons, including a lack of sufficient signatures and the absence of any language on the document demonstrating the intent of the signers to grant their assent to the proposal. Guild National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator Doug Allen and the National Television and Theatrical Contract Negotiating Committee remain committed to advancing the cause of actors and our crucial contract negotiations.”

No substantive actions were taken by the Guild’s national board, which met at SAG’s national headquarters January 12 and 13 for almost 30 hours straight.

No mailing date has been set for the previously approved TV/Theatrical strike authorization referendum.

We have no further comment.



  1. Craig Mazin has it right at The Artful Writer:

    "If you ever need to explain to a child what the phrase “pyrrhic victory” means, consider using this as an example. By blocking this vote, they get the worst of both worlds. They retain a chief negotiator who clearly does not have the support of SAG leadership, and by extension SAG membership. They hamstring themselves in negotiations, they deepen the growing fissure in the union, and they eliminate the chance of getting someone else in the job who might actually bring the union together and get a deal done."


  2. Why in the world would SAG want to prolong this with the way the country is at this time ??????

  3. Doug Allen is out of his league ... and SAG is the losers union because they managed to make the suits look good.

  4. Pathetic ... I am resigning and moving to AFTRA solely.

  5. So Membership First wants to be known as the actors that broke the Union?

  6. I have to first say that I am not a SAG member, but am in the industry and have been for the past 20+ years.
    I have only one question, "why would a union shoot itself in the foot, just because it can"
    It seems to me that most of the effort of the SAG board has been on power plays within their own group, and of course fighting AFTRA.
    With the state of the Film/TV industry being what it is, why would so-called profession negotiators be so blindfolded, to whats going on in the real world.
    And to think that they(if SAG called for a strike)would ask for other members of the industry for support....I'll let the readers answer that for themselfs. As for myself, i can not and would not support such self serving people.

  7. Even though my livelihood is at risk because of SAG’s threatened strike, I have understood the complexity of the issues at stake and as such gave the benefit of the doubt to Alan Rosenberg and MF’s apparent strategy.
    Can’t do that anymore, after they wasted this precious opportunity to bring some clarity and unity to the situation; and instead, spent the time maneuvering to keep Doug Allen in place. No matter what you think about Doug Allen; who would now believe that he could be an effective negotiator with the AMPTA? When a clear majority of SAG’s Board had expressed no confidence in Mr. Allen; apparently Mr Rosenberg and his faction spent most of the remaining time filibustering to prevent his removal. If the goal is to achieve a deal asap, only the ego driven or irrational could insist that Doug Allen is still the man for the job. No matter what your position on the SAV, who doesn’t now understand that this is incompetent leadership? Right now, that seems to be a bigger problem than the deal that’s being offered, and one that’s likely to be harder to solve.