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SAG negotiating committee considers seeking strike vote

September 30, 2008 |  8:01 pm

Now that the studios have rebuffed an offer from the Screen Actors Guild to resume formal negotiations, expect things to get ugly fast.

The union's negotiating committee will decide Wednesday whether to seek strike authorization from members should SAG and the studios reach an official impasse -- or defer that decision to the national board. The board meets Oct. 18.Ctlogo_5

Strike referendums require approval by 75% of voting members. That may be hard to achieve given the dire economy. But a majority of negotiating-committee members believe SAG has few remaining options, short of capitulating on key demands over new-media pay, guild insiders say.

The national board already gave the negotiating committee authority to seek a strike vote. However, the board could still vote to disband the committee, given the election of new directors who challenged the guild's leadership.

-- Richard Verrier