SAG and AMPTP: Still going

After several days of talks last week, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) offered the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) a "Last,...

After several days of talks last week, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) offered the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) a "Last, Best, and Final Offer," in their contract negotiations. Over the weekend, SAG's National Board of Directors rejected the offer 73% to 27%. The sticking point seems to be the length of the contract, three years, making SAG one year behind other unions when it comes to contract negotiations. SAG thinks this would weaken its bargaining clout.

SAG said in its statement:
What management presented as a compromise is, in fact, an attempt to separate Screen Actors Guild from other industry unions. By attempting to extend our contract expiration one year beyond the other entertainment unions, the AMPTP intends to deleverage our bargaining position from this point forward.

AMPTP responded:
The Producers have always sought a full three-year deal with SAG, just as we negotiated with all the other Unions and Guilds, and have offered SAG a way to achieve an earlier expiration date without contributing to further labor uncertainty. We simply cannot offer SAG a better deal than the rest of the industry achieved under far better economic conditions than those now confronting our industry.

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