Another strike in Tinseltown looms.
Hollywood’s two main actors’ unions are refusing to join forces for upcoming contract negotiations with studios and the outcome could be another strike-induced standstill, reminiscent of the recently resolved writer’s strike.
According to CBC.ca, the board of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) said Saturday that it had voted to cut ties with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).
In the past, the unions have been less than friendly but always remained united in contract talks.
“For the past year SAG leadership in Hollywood has engaged in a relentless campaign of disinformation and disparagement,” AFTRA president Roberta Reardon stated in a news release.
SAG president Alan Rosenberg rebutted by saying the television guild’s “refusal now to bargain together with us and their last-second abandonment of the joint process is calculated [and] cynical.
“It may serve the interests of their institution, but not its members,”
SAG consists of 120,000 members of movie and television actors. AFTRA is 70,000-strong and represents actors, singers, announcers and journalists.
Both parties have agreed to start talks as the contract for actors expires at the end of June.