Screen Actors Guild Sets Strike Vote for Jan. 2

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 10, 2008 6:35 PM CST
In this 2007 file photo, Screen Actors Guild member Julia-Louis Dreyfus holds a strike sign.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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(Newser) – The Screen Actors Guild plans to send strike authorization ballots to more than 100,000 union members on Jan. 2, a date that leaves the Golden Globes safe but puts Oscar night in danger of a potential boycott. Votes will be counted on Jan. 23, nearly two weeks after the Golden Globe ceremony, but ahead of the Feb. 22 Academy Awards.

Approval by 75 percent of voting members is required to pass the measure. If it is approved, the SAG national board can then call a strike. The guild is at odds with the studios over the treatment of Internet productions and the benefits that actors can get when earthquakes or other unforeseen events, such as a strike by another union, shut down productions.