A Message to SAG Members Regarding WGA Strike

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A Message to SAG Members Regarding WGA Strike

November 2, 2007

To All Screen Actors Guild members:

The Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) board and Writers Guild of America East (WGAE) council voted today to call a strike against the film studios and television networks that make up the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) on Monday, November 5.

Please read this notice carefully as it outlines important instructions and information for all 120,000 Screen Actors Guild members.

Screen Actors Guild remains steadfast in its support of WGA writers and their desire to reach an equitable contract, and we fully support their efforts to bargain for payments for new media formats and fair compensation for DVDs. President Alan Rosenberg attended the WGA membership meeting Thursday night to pledge the Guild’s support for our brothers and sisters at the WGA.

If you are contracted to work on a television series or motion picture that continues to produce while the WGA is on strike, you are obligated by your personal service agreement and the “No Strike” clause in our collective bargaining agreements, to go to work. You can continue to audition for work, and accept new work, if you choose to do so.

Screen Actors Guild members should not perform the duties covered by WGA contracts. Simply stated, you should not write anything normally written by striking WGA writers.

We encourage you, on your own time, to walk any picket line that has been set up by the WGA to show your solidarity. We will provide updates as soon as possible with details on WGA picket line locations.

We will continue to update this message as information becomes available.

If you have any questions regarding your obligations as a SAG member, please email WGAstrikeinfo@sag.org. A telephone hotline will be announced later today.