April 1, 2009
Dear Screen Actors Guild Members,
As you read in a SAG email sent to you this morning, the Joint SAG/AFTRA Commercial Contracts Negotiating Committee reached a tentative agreement with advertisers early this morning in New York City. I would like to thank and congratulate the hard-working staff member team for their unity and collaboration over the past months starting with the W & W meetings, and especially during the long 6 weeks of negotiations. They who worked tirelessly on behalf of SAG members and I know each of them sacrificed time with their families, and work opportunities.
The advertising industry displayed a willingness to have labor peace, and to make compromises even during these challenging economic times, to keep actors working,
It is clear that when SAG members work together, unified and focused on common goals to benefit actors, we really can accomplish many things.
I'm gratified that we were able to reach an agreement with AFTRA and conducted these negotiations together. More details of the tentative agreement will be released once the Joint SAG/AFTRA Board has met. Please watch the SAG website at SAG.org for updates and email your comments and questions to Contract2009@sag.org.
Again, congratulations to the professional women and men who gave their time and expertise to these critical negotiations.