Monday, February 9, 2009

Pro-Deal Rally at SAG

Over 100 crew members and others rallied in front of SAG HQ in LA today, urging the union and the studios to make a deal. The rally, organized largely by camera operators Jon Philion and Andrew Rowlands and cinematographers Ed Gutentag and Bruce McCleery under the rubric “Back to Work,” was joined by another gathering consisting of several dozen Membership First supporters, who protested what they anticipate will be an unpalatable deal.

That protest, whose ranks included Scott Wilson and David Clennon, took place even though negotiations have not yet recommenced, let alone a deal negotiated. Back to Work and MF have indicated they both intend to rally again next Tuesday, Feb. 17th at the AMPTP (studio alliance), when talks are widely expected to start.

In other SAG news, ousted (and re-ousted) National Executive Director Doug Allen is back, not in person, but in the form of an “open letter” supporting SAG President Alan Rosenberg. The latter, you’ll recall, literally sung Allen’s praises in a self-written song after having also offered an email paean as well.

Now Allen has returned the favor in language only slightly less effusive, asserting that Rosenberg “deserves to be acknowledged and thanked for his selfless leadership, exercised at great personal cost.” That leadership has come most recently in the form of a lawsuit by Rosenberg against his own union, as well as an interview in which he branded actors generally as “frightened little children.”

Photos of the rally are here.


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  1. Everybody in town knows what the SAG deal will look like. It's time to just get it done.

    Membership First will campaign actively against ratification, exactly as they did in 2005. But in 2005, the deal still passed with better than 75% in favor, despite a pitched effort by Membership First to shoot it down.

    I predict that the same will happen this time.


  2. i don't give a crap. I'm happy to strike, but strike or take a deal. MF didn't do anything,...they lazed around for 6 months after they failed negotiations and kept saying "oh we're going to send out a vote soon" the VOTE was originally scheduled for early november. then it got pushed to early dec, then mid, then early jan etc... now that they've played with themselves for long enough, people got sick of it and want to get something done.

    OUT WITH ALAN AND ALLEN. They both are in it only for their own gains. they just want to be known as hardliners so they can use it to further their own careers. Rosenberg even stated he wanted to use this as a push into the political arena. he never cared about the membership.