Events leading up to Friday's tentative agreement
The key events that led to SAG’s drawn-out drama over a new feature-primetime contract include:
September 2005: Alan Rosenberg succeeds Melissa Gilbert as president of SAG.
October 2006: SAG’s board appoints Doug Allen national exec director and chief negotiator.
November 2007: WGA goes on strike with strong support from SAG
January 2008: DGA reaches a contract agreement with new media residuals and jurisdiction. Rosenberg and Allen criticize the new media deal-terms as being inadequate
February 2008: DGA deal becomes template for WGA agreement that ends the strike. George Clooney, Robert DeNiro, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep publicly urge SAG to start negotiations as soon as possible.
March 2008: AFTRA splits from SAG to negotiate its primetime contract separately for the first time in nearly 30 years.
April 2008: SAG begins negotiations with the AMPTP
May 2008: AFTRA reaches a deal with the AMPTP
June 2008: SAG mounts a vigorous campaign to persuade dual SAG-AFTRA members to vote against the AFTRA contract. SAG’s contract expires June 30.
July 2008: AFTRA deal is ratified with a low 62% margin of approval.
September 2008: Led by Amy Brenneman, a group of SAG members opposed to Rosenberg’s hardline stance win enough seats in the guild’s election to obtain a slim majority on the national board.
November 2008: Contract talks with the federal mediator collapse. SAG announces plans to seek strike authorization
January: Rosenberg leads a 28-hour filibuster at an emergency SAG board meeting to block the moderates’ effort to fire Allen and replace the guild’s negotiating committee. Two weeks later the moderates oust Allen through a maneuver known as “written assent.”
February: . New round of negotiations collapse over the issue of the contract’s expiration date
April 17: Backchannel talks with execs and SAG toppers lead to tentative deal