SAG calling off strike authorization?

Rosenberg, board to hold emergency meeting

Screen Actors Guild president Alan Rosenberg has called an emergency national board meeting for Friday to discuss a proposal to call off SAG’s strike authorization vote.

Rosenberg made the announcement Saturday afternoon, a day after the New York reps of SAG requested that the authorization vote be terminated due to the nation’s economic crisis. The Gotham leaders, who represent 25 percent of SAG’s 120,000 members, have asserted that SAG needs to negotiate with the congloms and that the guild’s current negotiating team should be replaced.

Rosenberg is requiring that board members attend Friday’s meeting in person or designate an alternate. He has blasted the move to call off the authorization vote, asserting that getting a strike authorization is the only way to persuade the companies to sweeten their offer.

The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers made its final offer on June 30 as SAG’s primetime-feature contract expired.

Should the authorization vote proceed, ballots will go out Jan. 2 and results will be announced Jan. 23. Over 75 percent of those voting would have to affirm the authorization, with the national board having the final say, if SAG is to go on strike.

The meeting will take place at SAG headquarters in Hollywood Friday morning at 9AM.

Rosenber said Friday that the emergency meeting would be called for the purpose of “discussing the ramifications of this extraordinarily destructive and subversive action of the New York Board.”

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