Now that SAG/AMPTP mediation has broken off, the AMPTP is ramping things up. Articles in the trades are talking about how all the work will go to AFTRA if SAG is on strike. Really! Someone needs to read the constitutions of SAG /AFTRA/ AFL-CIO and the 4A’s.
Below is an email from Laura Walsh at Central Artist Management.
Although, Ms. Walsh purports to be neutral, wink, wink, with her talk about another devastating strike during in the middle of the busiest casting time in 2009, her intent is obvious.
What? But, but, she ain’t trying to persuade her clients one way or another, right?
Ms. Walsh is being a little more subtle than another small agent who flat out told her clients to vote against the strike authorization.
I really wonder how these reps will feel when instead of that residual check based on $759 dollars for a network rerun, they get one based on $22:50 for a year of streaming on the Internet. Or NO residual at all if they only stream the show for 17 days.
Now, I ain’t no math whiz but don’t ten percent of $22.50 come to something like $2.25 cents commission for an agent.
Here is a copy of the email from Ms. Walsh:
But the anti Strike Authorization don’t stop there. There’s a “NO STRIKE” petition on the Internet.
Although, it is identified as a No Strike petition aimed at both SAG and the AMPTP, in truth, it is what amounts to a NO Strike Authorization petition aimed at SAG’s upcoming referendum; if indeed members voted NO that would mean SAG would basically be at the AMPTP’s mercy, leaving members in a take it or leave it situation.
Why is it these, folks, never seem to put any pressure or blame on employers? In this case the AMPTP. Heres what the anonymous creator of the petition states:
I’m Nick Counter and I approve this message.
Oh, wait, they do throw in the obligatory, wink, wink
I’m Nick Counter and I approve this message too.
Have you noticed how with a lot of these people it is always tomorrow? And please? I mean what nonsense! Huh? We are going to take a deal equal to IATSE. Hello? Get a grip, please! Would someone point out to me where any of the other guilds signed to give away Force Majeure or a deal where consent of clips was spelled out as a condition of employment. And you got to love the comments by non-actors telling actors not to be selfish.
Non-actor: Don’t be so selfish! Give up the core principle of your union and let signatories do non-union work, give up force Majeure, give up consent of clips, allow yourself to be used in product endorsements with no pay and all that other stuff they want you to accept.
Actor: Why should I do that?
Non-actor: So I can keep working!
As to the petition, it ain’t all that scientific since anyone can go on and sign it, more than once, but, but it must be reassuring to Nick and the gang at the AMPTP.
As far as anyone signing a petition declaring they don’t want a strike; who the hell does want one? It’s like wanting world peace, an end to hunger, or the Cubs winning the pennant.
The problem is this; there is no teeth in going on the Internet with hat in hand telling both sides you don’t want a strike.
How about this if you want to get not only SAG’s attention, but the AMPTP’s attention; how about actors and others affected by a strike starting a boycott of movies and network TV shows to make a deal? You think they then might get back to the table? again!
My favorite line from one of the signers is from someone named Timothy Bottoms. Now I don’t know if it’s THE Timothy Bottoms, but here is what this Timothy Bottoms says.
With that attitude Tim there’s a good chance you will be doing just that!
A.L. Miller SW Editor & Chief
If you have a similar email from an agent or manager inserting their noses in SAG’s business please forward it to me, and I will post it. Your identity will not be revealed.
By the way, SAG President Alan Rosenberg seems to be making the talk show circuit. Good! He is a very affective spokesperson for our guild. Here is the interview on KFI with a couple of very irritating talk show hosts, one a “know nothing” parroting AFTRA/AMPTP First propaganda, and another obviously anti-union. But, but even with their constant interruptions, Mr. Rosenberg makes a very good case for our union and its responsibility to get the best deal possible iits members.
To hear the interview click the following link (Give it around 20 seconds to load.)
I particularly love his response to the tough economic ruse that the AMPTP is using as an excuse for SAG members to take a lousy contract. Our Prez pointed out the Screen Actors Guild was formed during THE GREAT DEPRESSION!
With the threat of a strike, the next day by ACTORS, producers capitulated and our union was recognized.
Huh, on the other hand, they did have our NO Strike gang to contend with. No only would we have NO union, but we’d have NO Residuals and NO Pension and Health if our SAG predecessors had been of their wait till next time ilk.
As to the economic ruse being propagandized by our employers; you’ll notice they never say that they are having an economic crisis, only that the country is.
I mean when you are consistently having increased box-office revenue over last year—to the point that the President of the box office tracking firm ” Media For Numbers” comments about the box office increases in the LA Times with:
—it is a little hard for employers to keep a straight face and talk about their economic crisis in either movies–or television. (Where today’s (11/25/08) LA Times headlines that “Households’ TV viewing at a record )
Have a Happy Thanksgiving; our employers will!