Screen Actors Guild Rejects Latest Contract Offer

The Screen Actors Guild’s board of directors has rejected the “last, best and final offer” by Hollywood producers for a new contract.

In a statement the guild said, “The Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors today voted 73% to 27% to ‘reject the AMPTPs last, best and final offer dated February 19, 2009.’

“We entered this round of negotiations sending an unmistakably clear message that we were ready to make a deal. In an effort to put the town back to work, our negotiator agreed to modify the Guild’s bargaining position to bring the Guild in line with the deals made by our sister unions.”

The Screen Actors Guild was given a new contract offer last Thursday but remains steadfast in its attempt to acquire residual payments on content made for TV that was rerun online.

It is the last holdout among several unions that have agreed to long-term contracts with producers.

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