Screen Actors Guild sets strike vote for Jan. 2

by Paul William Tenny

Thumbnail image for antm-strikemodel2.jpgA report just came across the wire that SAG has set a strike authorization vote for January 2nd. This is not a vote that will trigger a strike, fyi, but is a vote that authorizes the board to call a strike at a later arbitrary time. The report says that the votes will be counted on January 23rd (two days after my birthday, three days after President-elect Obama is sworn in) to "potentially disrupt the Golden Globe Awards."
The vote needs to pass by at least 75%.

Here is SAG's press release:

LOS ANGELES, DECEMBER 10, 2008 -- Screen Actors Guild today announced that strike authorization ballots will be mailed to paid-up SAG members on Friday January 2, 2009, and will be tabulated on Friday, January 23. A yes vote by 75% of members voting is required to pass the measure, which would authorize SAG's national board of directors to call a strike, if and when the board determines it is necessary.

Screen Actors Guild National President Alan Rosenberg said, "SAG members understand that their futures as professional actors are at stake and I believe that SAG members will evaluate the AMPTP's June 30 offer, and vote to send us back to the table with the threat of a strike. A yes vote sends a strong message that we are serious about fending off rollbacks and getting what is fair for actors in new media. I am encouraged by the response of the capacity crowd at our Los Angeles town hall meeting Monday night."

"We want SAG members to have time to focus on this critical referendum, so we have decided to mail ballots the day after New Year's. We will continue our comprehensive education campaign and urge our members to vote yes on the strike authorization. I am confident that members around the country will empower our negotiating team with the leverage and strength of unified Screen Actors Guild members. Our objective remains to get a deal that SAG members will ratify- not to go on strike," said SAG National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator, Doug Allen.

Ballots will be tabulated at Integrity Voting Systems in Everett, Washington. Passage requires 75% yes vote from those voting.

Note: I am still boycotting the AP due to their unprofessional and likely illegal treatment of bloggers regarding their stories and U.S. copyright law. I will not post a link or direct quotes from any of their stories until the boycott ends.
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