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To Strike or Not: SAG Actors Put it to a Vote

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Leah Thompson, 2nd from Left, and others protest in hopes that AFTRA members would vote no on their contract at a rally earlier this summer. | Photo: Tom Andrews/LAist

It's official. After not coming to a contract agreement with producers and studios for nearly six months, mainly over new media residuals, the Screen Actors Guild is set to have its membership vote on authorizing a strike.

”SAG members understand that their futures as professional actors are at stake and I believe that SAG members will evaluate the AMPTP’s June 30 offer, and vote to send us back to the table with the threat of a strike," said SAG National President Alan Rosenberg in a statement today. "A yes vote sends a strong message that we are serious about fending off rollbacks and getting what is fair for actors in new media."

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On the other side of the contract, the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers said the vote is "to bail out a failed negotiating strategy by going on strike during one of the worst economic crises in history." They hope actors will individually take the responsibility to inform themselves about the contract offer. "No strike can solve the problems that have been created by SAG's own failed negotiation strategy," they said in response to SAG's vote announcement.

Voting will take place in January when ballots are mailed out to paid-up members. A yes vote by 75% of members voting is required to pass the measure, which would authorize SAG's national board of directors to call a strike, if and when the board determines it is necessary. The ballots will be tabulated on Friday, January 23rd.