It's no surprise that the state of SAG's contract negotiations are lagging while tension continues to flare between the union and AFTRA. Now, however, Sandra Oh's heading into the battle for SAG, with a recorded phone message to dual card-holding members urging them not to ratify the AFTRA pact.

The actress' message for SAG follows a similar one that AFTRA released with James Cromwell last week, in which he urged members to vote for the pact. Per Variety, SAG asserts that AFTRA's deal just isn't up to snuff on a number of issues, including salary minimums, online clip consent, DVD residuals, new media pay rates and jurisdiction, force majeure and product integration protections.

With each side now in full lobbying mode and time running out, the heat's turned way up. Is the involvement of actors like Oh and Cromwell just what negotiations need, or a complicating factor? Is there a more productive means of using actors' gravitas to benefit all of them? - Anna Dimond

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