TV Actors Guild Splits from SAG

More moderate sister union will negotiate on its own
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2008 7:30 AM CDT
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive at the Screen Actors Guild Awards Jan. 27, 2008. If the AFTRA split has weakened the SAG to the point of striking, the pair will have plenty of free time with their...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – In a move that will complicate upcoming negotiations between actors and Hollywood studios, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists split yesterday from the Screen Actors Guild, its sister union for 27 years. AFTRA shares more than half of its members with SAG, but its more moderate contract goals pull it in a different direction, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The split could hurt SAG's negotiating power with studios, but it could also make a SAG strike more likely, as AFTRA will no longer be around to temper hardline contract demands by Screen Actors representatives. AFTRA leadership cites a "relentless campaign of disinformation and disparagement" by SAG in the breakup, which involved plans to seize contract jurisdiction for the soap "The Bold and the Beautiful."