Monday, October 20, 2008

Actors Union Board Holds Off On Strike Authorization; Requests Mediation

SAG holds off on strike authorization...REALLY. With the economy in a downward spiral, networks like NBC cutting back on their costs, CBS/Viacom's owner Sumner Redstone, in need of capital to stay afloat, and new media barely making a dent into traditional platforms, you can't decide what to do about a strike. REALLY. You are going back to negotiators requesting mediation and continue to threaten to take a strike vote if you can't find agreement. REALLY. " The studios maintain that SAG members shouldn’t expect anything beyond what the other four major unions signed on to this year. AMPTP also pointed out that each of those deals were made in 'better economic times.' " So SAG still is considering a strike. REALLY...Really?...REALLY!