Actors Won't Strike—Yet

SAG: members can keep working, pending talks
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 1, 2008 8:19 AM CDT
Members of the Screen Actors Guild and their supporters rally outside the organization's headquarters Monday, June 9, 2008, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Ric Francis)
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(Newser) – The contract between the Screen Actors Guild and Hollywood studios expired early today—but SAG has decided to let members keep working for the time being, E! Online reports. The two sides are scheduled to reconvene tomorrow. The Alliance of Motion Picture and TV Producers made it what it called a “final offer” last night, but SAG officials were skeptical.

The AMPTP offer would bump up actors’ pay by $250 million, but it didn’t “appear to address some key issues,” including those related to “made-for-new-media productions,” said SAG’s lead negotiator. The offer “represents a final hope for avoiding further work stoppages,” said a rep for AMPTP, which says a “de facto strike” plagues the entertainment industry, the Los Angeles Times reports.