Strikebreaker rolls continue to grow. The Screen Actors Guild has received evidence within the past month of several hundred additional Hollywood-based actors having crossed picket lines during last year’s commercials strike.
Members of SAG’s strikebreaker committees, which had already been investigating 1,500 cases, report new cases of actors performing struck work have been disclosed at the rate of more than 50 a week, even though the six-month strike ended in October. Recent evidence has often come from casting directors and ad agencies.
More than 100 SAG members are being investigated for violating Rule One of SAG’s constitution, which bars members from working for producers who are not signatory to a SAG agreement and explicitly forbids struck work. SAG has publicly identified a half-dozen members who crossed picket lines and were found guilty by trial boards, including Tiger Woods and Elizabeth Hurley.
More than 1,500 non-members have been investigated for working during the strike. SAG’s national board backed off last month on a previous policy to permanently bar non-union strikebreakers from joining SAG and opted instead for bans ranging from six months to five years, should an accused strikebreaker apply for membership.
SAG has publicly identified only one such membership ban so far.