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Actors' Family Feud Creates More Hollywood Labor Unrest

Larger SAG, with contract set to expire, aims to torpedo smaller union's deal
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2008 10:45 AM CDT

(Newser) – In the escalation of a long-simmering turf war, the largest Hollywood actors union is attempting to scuttle a deal reached by its smaller rival with studios, the Los Angeles Times reports. Though the Screen Actors Guild isn't planning to strike when its contract expires tonight, it's urging members who also belong to the American Federation of Television and Radio Actors to vote against that contract.

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Big names are lined up on either side, with Jack Nicholson among those taking SAG's side and Tom Hanks among those backing AFTRA, which has moved from "live" TV—reality shows and daytime, for example—into primetime territory once nearly exclusive to SAG. Results of the AFTRA vote will be released July 8, and will allow SAG to gauge support for a strike. (Read more Screen Actors Guild stories.)

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