Hollywood Strike Talk Might Be Just an Act

As June 30 deadline looms, insiders aren't sure actors will walk
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2008 3:56 PM CDT
Alan Rosenberg, president of Screen Actors Guild, talks to actress Nikki Blonsky, who was nominated for a SAG Award.   (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
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(Newser) – Uncertainty still reigns in Hollywood as the largest actors union, the Screen Actors Guild, faces a pair of tough choices, Variety reports. SAG could try to sabotage a deal reached by the smaller American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and it will need to get its members to authorize a strike if its contract with studios expires June 30 without a new agreement. 

One analyst says "interunion strife" will keep SAG from getting the 75% vote needed to OK a strike; encouraging members who also belong to AFTRA to nix that union's agreement with studios could backfire if it passes by a wide margin and further erodes SAG's bargaining position. "SAG is the caboose on a train that is traveling full speed," the analyst notes.