Dear Screen Actors Guild Member,
On Wednesday, October 1, the SAG National TV/Theatrical Negotiating Committee passed an advisory motion to the national board of directors that will be discussed at the board’s upcoming plenary meeting in Los Angeles on October18 and19.
The advisory motion recommends that the national board should send a strike authorization referendum to SAG members, support the passage of the strike authorization, and run a member education campaign in support of the measure. Although the national negotiating committee is empowered to authorize such a referendum, the committee felt that the national board should be the body to debate and decide this important issue at this time.
It is important to note that if passed by a majority of the national board, the resolution does not call a strike. It only provides for a membership referendum to be conducted, which will take approximately 30 to 45 days.
If 75% of the qualified SAG members who vote in the referendum support the strike authorization, only then can the national board of directors call an actual work stoppage, should the board decide that it has become necessary to do so.
Any work stoppage called affecting the TV/Theatrical contracts will only impact work under those contracts, such as feature films, free television, and pay cable television, and will not affect other Guild contracts. Under such circumstances, Screen Actors Guild members would continue to work on all other contracts including the commercials contract, TV animation, basic cable television and basic cable animation contracts, industrial contract and interactive/video game contract.
All work under these contracts would continue uninterrupted. In addition, work on the more than 750 features by independent producers under SAG Guaranteed Completion Contracts would continue, as these producers are not represented by the AMPTP.