Governor gives in to SAG on ad regs

Schwarzenegger to use union labor in TV spots

Two weeks after getting slapped by Screen Actors Guild over appearing in a nonunion commercial, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has relented.

Guild spokesman Seth Oster confirmed Monday that Schwarzenegger has agreed to shoot all future spots with SAG actors under SAG contracts.

“We’re pleased that he has addressed this matter,” Oster said. “Gov. Schwarzenegger knows first-hand the extent to which actors depend on the fundamental protections afforded by their union.”

SAG had criticized Schwarzenegger over his recent antitax TV ad, which attacked Democratic legislators as being beholden to union interests. Ad didn’t violate SAG rules as elected officials who appear as themselves in commercials aren’t required to be covered by SAG’s Commercials Contract, but SAG said that shooting a nonunion ad “violated the spirit of what unions stand for” (Daily Variety, June 9).

Schwarzenegger is likely to be shooting several more commercials soon. He announced last week a November special election that includes several ballot measures strongly opposed by unions.

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