Foes of SAG pact grow more vocal

Stunt performers and thespians picketed the Screen Actors Guild once again Tuesday, calling on members to reject a new commercials contract and pressing guild officials to make greater gains in the cable area in future negotiations.

Opponents of the contract have been staging protests ever since ballots were mailed to members of SAG and the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists. The ballots are due by June 24.

This time, one stunt performer, Frank Lloyd, staged a mock hanging of himself on the plaza in front of the union’s Wilshire Boulevard offices, as protesters looked on waving placards. A larger crowd had gathered than at a protest Friday.

Opponents are upset that the contract does not include recognition for stunt coordinators, who organize other stunt performers on a set.

And performers say the pact includes too low an increase in payments for spots that run on cable.

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