Thesps to stage rally near N.Y. union talks

SAG, AFTRA pushing pay hike, Daniels to speak

Actors and advertisers are expected to resume commercial contract negotiations today in New York following a two-week break.

The Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists will also stage a 12:30 p.m. rally outside the Sheraton New York, site of the negotiations, at Seventh Avenue and 52nd Street.

SAG president William Daniels, who was elected last fall on the promise of taking a tougher bargaining stance on this contract, is expected to speak.

Since negotiations broke, SAG and AFTRA have held rallies in Hollywood, San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia.

Actors are seeking a 20% pay hike for principal performers in commercials, a 30% gain in for actors in Spanish-language ads and major hikes in cable pay rates and residuals, while advertisers are seeking expanded buyout periods in cable and concessions to reduce costs.

The current contract expires March 31. The actors last struck for three weeks in 1988.

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