Latest 2008-09 Screen Actors Guild labor dispute Stories

2009-08-18 19:31:48

The Screen Actors Guild and a group of Hollywood producers say they have agreed on a new two-year contract covering animated television programs. The deal, announced Tuesday by SAG and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, covers SAG members working in television animation and basic cable animation. We are pleased to have concluded these negotiations and to have arrived at a fair deal that delivers solid economic gains for our members, SAG said in a statement. Screen Actors...

2009-06-09 21:14:54

The U.S. Screen Actors Guild announced Tuesday its members have voted overwhelmingly to approve its TV/theatrical contracts. The vote was 78 percent in favor and 22 percent against. The two-year successor agreement covers film and digital television programs, motion pictures and new media productions, SAG said in a statement posted on its Web site. The contracts provide more than $105 million in wages, increased pension contributions, and other gains and establishes a template for SAG...

2009-04-19 20:59:03

The Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors voted Sunday to approve a two-year contract with U.S. film and TV producers, the guild announced. The vote was 53.38 percent to 46.62 percent to approve the pact and recommend that members ratify the deal, SAG said in a release. The guild said the agreement would provide a 3 percent wage increase and a .5 percent boost in health and pension benefits. There would be a 3.5 percent pay raise in the second year of the proposed contract -- which...

2009-04-17 20:34:29

The Screen Actors Guild said Friday it has reached a tentative deal with a group of U.S. film and TV producers after months of stalled contract talks. SAG and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers issued a joint statement announcing the tentative agreement on successor agreements to the Producer-Screen Actors Guild Codified Basic Agreement. Details of the agreement covering television programs and motion pictures will not be disclosed prior to review by the SAG national...

2009-02-27 13:20:34

The U.S. Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers announced Friday its long-time president, Nick Counter, is to retire next month. AMPTP said the retirement is expected and will come with the expiration of Counter's latest contract March 31. Following his retirement, Counter will serve as a consultant to the AMPTP on all labor matters including the Screen Actors Guild contract negotiations, the producers said in a statement. "Counter has served as AMPTP president for 27 years and...

2009-02-22 09:07:07

The U.S. Screen Actors Guild says it has rejected the last, best and final offer the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers made last week. SAG announced late Saturday that its national board of directors had voted 73 percent to 27 percent to reject what AMPTP has described as its last, best and final offer. The previous SAG-AMPTP pact expired June 30, 2008. Contract negotiations had stalled for months, but briefly resumed last week. We entered this round of negotiations sending...

2009-02-20 07:17:57

The U.S. Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers says it has offered the Screen Actors Guild a last, best and final offer. AMPTP said late Thursday that its proposal contains important enhancements to the final offer it presented SAG with last year. The last SAG-AMPTP contract expired June 30, 2008 and talks between the two sides were stalled for months before resuming this week. The AMPTP has offered SAG a last, best and final offer that contains important enhancements to the...

2009-02-14 16:05:48

A Los Angeles judge has denied Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg's appeal aimed at disrupting the union's contract talks with industry executives. The Hollywood Reporter said a special appeal filed as part of Rosenberg's Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit against the union was denied Friday. Rosenberg's fellow SAG officials -- Anne-Marie Johnson, Diane Ladd and Kent McCord -- are also serving as co-plaintiffs in the appeal and related lawsuit. The SAG officials are suing their own...

2009-02-10 14:56:08

The U.S. Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers say they have agreed to meet next week. Talks between the two parties regarding a new contract have been stalled for months. The previous SAG-AMPTP contract expired June 30. Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have agreed to meet on Feb. 17 and 18 at the AMPTP offices in Sherman Oaks, Calif., the two parties said in a joint statement Tuesday. We will have no...

2009-02-05 16:15:51

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Chalfant Thursday denied in full the Screen Actors Guild's request for a temporary restraining order. SAG had been seeking to invalidate its national board majority's written assent of Jan. 26, which removed national executive director and chief negotiator Doug Allen from his posts. The restraining order also would have prevented Allen's replacements from negotiating with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers on SAG's behalf. The last...

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