Archive for August 6th, 2008

SAG Vote Looms

6th August 2008

The New York Times has an overview of the current debate that is fracturing the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) in the USA.

A group within SAG, calling itself Unite for Strength, is putting up a slate of candidates for the forthcoming election for the union’s board of directors. Its agenda is to heal the rift between SAG and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (Aftra), and to find a resolution to the current negotiation impasse between SAG and the AMPTP.

The majority group within SAG, called Membership First, has an alternative roster of candidates. Today’s Variety has a complete list of everyone who will be under consideration.

Ballots will be mailed to SAG’s 122,000 members on Aug. 19, and the votes will be tabulated on Sept. 18. SAG is unlikely to achieve a breakthrough with the AMPTP until the new board of directors has been elected.