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Stars Say No to SAG Strike

Published December 15, 2008 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety
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So there are actually some actors smart enough to at least partially understand the economy? I had no idea!

While SAG continues to only look out for their own, the union has decided to move forward with a vote for an entire guild strike. Considering that Hollywood is one of the few remaining pillars that our economy continues to stand on, some of the major players have written to members of the Screen Actors Guild asking them to vote no on the strike (authorization).

Say No to (SAG) Strike

Who also thinks having SAG go on strike is a bad idea? (Taking deep breath)

George Clooney, Matt Damon, Tom Hanks, Alan Alda, Jason Alexander, Alec Baldwin, Steve Carell, Billy Crystal, Cameron Diaz, Sally Field, Morgan Freeman, Jeremy Irons, Helen Hunt, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Kevin Spacey and Charlize Theron. To name a few.

They're not alone, as former SAG presidents Patty Duke, Melissa Gilbert and William Schallert also believe that there couldn't be a worse time for a strike.

Guild president Alan Rosenberg discussed the strike authorization Monday at the Westin Times Square.

New York board member Paul Christie was on the scene and described New York members as "ticked off" about the strike authorization.

"They already realize how hard they've been hit financially, and the idea that we'd be asking them to go out on strike, and the idea that they'd be asking the IATSE guys, the craft services people, AFTRA guys and everybody else to go on strike at this point, we think, is just insane," Christie told Daily Variety. "I haven't run into one person here who's in favor."

Though Rosenberg continues to press his case in favor of the actors, it is these same people who aren't exactly supporting him.

To avoid any confusion, I should point out that a strike authorization does not mean that the union will immediately pick up their picket signs. Instead, it gives the guild the option to strike the moment negotiations falter. In short, the option puts added pressure on the corporations.

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