A look back at the guild's labor issues

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 inadequate.

FEBRUARY 2008
DGA deal becomes a template for the WGA agreement that ends the strike. George Clooney, Robert De Niro, 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 ratified with 62% margin of approval.

SEPTEMBER 2008
Led by Amy Brenneman, a group of SAG members opposed to Rosenberg’s hardline stance wins enough seats in the guild’s election to obtain a slim majority on the national board.

NOVEMBER 2008
Contract talks with a federal mediator collapse. SAGannounces plans to seek a strike authorization.

JANUARY 2009
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 2009
A new round of negotiations collapses over the issue of the contract’s expiration date.

APRIL 17, 2009
Back-channel talks with execs and SAG toppers lead to a tentative deal.

APRIL 19, 2009
SAG national board approves the deal with 47% opposing

MAY 19, 2009
Ballots go out to SAG members

JUNE 9, 2009
Deal ratified by SAG members

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