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SAG contract update

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A Screen Actors Guild member gets vocal in support of striking WGA writers while picketing in front of Disney Studios in Burbank, last February.

No, SAG members did not hit the bricks when their union contract expired at 12:01 a.m. this morning. Nevertheless, the labor stand-off between SAG negotiators and the AMPTP continues and that has a lot of people worried.

According to a June 30 press release posted on SAG’s website, the producers whipped out a 42-page last-minute offer before midnight. The union asked for and got time to review the offer.

Still there are indications the offer is not going to fly with union negotiators.

“This offer does not appear to address some key issues important to actors. For example, the impact of foregoing residuals for all made-for-new-media productions is incalculable and would mean the beginning of the end of residuals,” said Screen Actors Guild National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator, Doug Allen.

Both sides have agreed to meet again tomorrow at 2 p.m.

Meanwhile, the union is telling its members to keep working and to continue to audition for jobs until further notice from the Guild.

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