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Who, us? Strike?

by DeAnn Welker June 30, 2008 3:09 pm
Who, us? Strike? It's June 30th, and we all know what that means: The deadline for a deal between the Screen Actors Guild and studio owners is at midnight, so a strike is imminent, right?

That would be wrong, according to SAG President Alan Rosenberg, who says the union has not taken any steps to ready its members for a strike, and that such talk at this point is "a distraction."

Well, okay, except for that little matter of the midnight deadline. After that, no matter how Rosenberg spins it, there is no contract. Sure, talks are ongoing today, but after that, what? A resolution today isn't likely, judging from the "no end in sight" message we were getting last week. They might come up with a temporary contract to avoid a work stoppage while talks continue, but that would be a temporary fix.

Meanwhile, SAG continues to battle the smaller actors' union AFTRA in a big-brother-ish, "If we can't have it, you can't have it either" move that probably does more to hurt SAG's cause than to help it. Especially when SAG members like Tom Hanks and George Clooney have come out in support of AFTRA and against the actors unions' in-fighting.

The good news for fans of movies and television is that if there is a strike, at least the unions are stirring up lots of good drama in lieu of making actual scripted entertainment. Hopefully that'll keep us occupied 'til they sort out their differences.

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