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SAG Strikes Out
Posted on Dec 22, 2008
By Mike Farrell
However, with the AMPTP sticking with its “final offer” and the same SAG negotiating team unwilling to move on anything, including the DVD increase, the mediator made a stab, failed, saw the light and quickly headed back to Washington.
So now they want a strike.
A strike when AFTRA, with a contract, is putting its members to work.
A strike when TV shows are already moving to sign with AFTRA.
A strike that will put the few casts and crews now working on SAG projects out on the street with millions of other Americans.
A strike that, by stopping production in the middle of a collapsing economy, would condemn SAG, already a laughingstock, to the halls of infamy.
Why would they even think of a strike?
Could it be because winning that vote, no matter how devastating a strike would be, is the only way they can save face, the only way they can salvage the pretense that they actually knew what they were doing all along?
It appears that we’re now going to be paying for another “education campaign,” this time one that will explain how important it is that this strike vote succeed. Given recent American history, I figure it’ll probably have something to do with the threat from hidden weapons of mass destruction. And I’m sure there will be the admonition that “you’re either with us or with the terrorist AMPTP.”
Well, I, for one, am not anti-union. God knows, as a member for over 40 years, I’m not anti-SAG. But I am anti-idiocy.
I’m voting no.
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