SAG Abandons Plan for Strike Vote
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Digg Facebook Newsvine del.icio.us Reddit StumbleUpon Technorati Yahoo! Bookmarks Print Natalie Finn Natalie Finn – Thu Jan 22, 8:39 pm ET E! Online – SAG Trying to Avoid a Strike Vote(E! Online) Los Angeles (E! Online) – The Screen Actors Guild has decided not to even give members a chance to authorize an actors' strike.
In suspending their plans for a vote, which had already been postponed after originally being scheduled for Jan. 2, a SAG rep said that the vote was unlikely to garner the 75 percent support needed to even consider staging a walkout.
The members of Hollywood's most powerful actors union have been working without a contract since June 30, when their previous three-year deal with the studio-representing Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers expired.
The ongoing debate over whether to authorize a strike or follow in the American Federation of TV and Radio Artists' footsteps and just finalize a deal already had opened a schism among some of the biz's biggest names, including George Clooney and Tom Hanks—who have been for thespian fellowship and harmony—and Mel Gibson and Holly Hunter, who were on the side of the strike-considering SAG leadership.
Now, on the eve of the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, SAG is reportedly planning to let the union's 120,000 members vote directly on whether to accept the final contract terms put forth last year by the studioshttp://news.yahoo.com/s/eonline/20090123/en_movies_eo/80389
That means ER will be able to finish shooting!!!