SAG expels strikebreakers

Three charged brings total number to nine

Continuing its tough line against those who crossed picket lines last year, SAG has expelled a trio of strikebreakers and identified them publicly.

The Screen Actors Guild announced Thursday that it had booted out Hollywood members Mario Barbieri Cecchini and Gerry Donato and New York member Robert Kalomeer. It gave no further details as to the infractions.

The expulsions were approved by the national board at its meeting over the weekend. They bring to nine the number of members ID’d for performing struck work during the six-month work stoppage against advertisers.

SAG announced late last year that it had conducted trial boards against Elizabeth Hurley and Tiger Woods, who were found guilty and agreed to $100,000 fines each. It then ID’d four other members in February who had been penalized (but did not specify the penalties) and announced a five-year ban on membership for an actress who had tried to join the guild despite shooting over 20 non-union spots during the strike.

“Our membership has been firm in its resolve to provide member benefits only to those performers who stood in solidarity with the guild during the strike,” SAG spokesman Greg Krizman said.

The strike has been a major issue in the current election campaign. VP candidate Mike Farrell has taken issue with criticism over the lack of participation in last year’s strike by his running mate, presidential candidate Melissa Gilbert.

Farrell, in a widely distributed letter, compared such questions to “Are you now or have you ever been a Communist?” He also contended the strike was “probably not necessary at all.”

Many strike participants have argued that the hard line by the ad industry was the key factor in prolonging negotiations.

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