The national board of the Screen Actors Guild approved a two-year contract for film and television work Sunday, almost certainly averting any chance of a strike by the union.
The contract now goes to the guild's 120,000 members for approval.
On Saturday, the union also approved a three-year contract for commercial work.
The union's 71-member national board was closely split, reflecting the internal strife that has divided the union for months. A dispute over whether to pursue a strike or...
It looks like the threat of a strike by members of the Screen Actors Guild has been averted.
The union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers announced Friday that the two sides have reached a tentative agreement on actors' contracts for film and television work. No details were released.
The union's 71-member national board is expected to vote Sunday on the agreement. The members were to vote Saturday on a previously announced, tentative agreement for actors' commercial work. If approved by the board, the agreements would be submitted to SAG's more than 110,000 members for approval.
In the last seven months, the Screen Actors Guild has rejected a contract offer from studios, talked about a strike, prepared to ask the rank and file for permission to call one, delayed that plan, replaced its lead negotiators and returned to the bargaining table.
All, it seems, to get almost the same contract offer studios made on June 30.
A Los Angeles judge has shut down an attempt to block talks between new Screen Actors Guild negotiators and major studios, which means – surprise – feuding within the group will go on.
SAG President Alan Rosenberg and three other plaintiffs filed a motion Tuesday challenging a vote by the guild's board of directors that ousted SAG executive director Doug Allen and created a new negotiating team.
Moderates within the union blamed Rosenberg and Allen for botching past negotiations, and had planned to try again with the new team Tuesday. But that plan was delayed by the legal maneuver.
Don't look for that Screen Actors Guild strike to happen anytime soon.
The group had planned to resume negotiations with studios Tuesday in the hopes of winning contract concessions to avoid a strike. But those talks have been delayed by SAG's latest internal fight.