Report from SAG Town Hall Meeting
I visited the SAG Town Hall meeting in LA tonight. Here are some key takeaways:
About 450-500 people attended, a capacity crowd at the venue (Harmony Gold theater). After the meeting started, people continued to trickle in slowly; no one, so far as I could tell, was turned away. The meeting lasted about 3 hours, from 7:00-10:00 p.m. There was an open mic period, and many people spoke. Most people were apparently in favor of a strike authorization, but there were some dissenters.
The next Town Hall meeting in LA will be at the Hollywood Renaissance hotel, next Wednesday, December 17. It’s a much larger venue.
No date was announced for sending out the strike authorization ballots. However, a well-placed SAG source told me the ballots will probably not go out until the end of the month, after Christmas—contrary to previously published speculation.
Doug Allen told me that increasing the DVD residual is a fifth priority, after the top three (new media jurisdiction, new media residuals, and force majeure) and product integration.
SAG handed out an information sheet that presented the union’s point of view on what a Yes or a No vote on authorization means, and that listed outstanding negotiation issues. Those were, in order, as follows:
Union Contract Coverage in New Media (i.e., new media jurisdiction)
Residuals in New Media
Residuals for Programs Produced Prior to 1974 and Moved Over to New Media
Stunt Coordinators’ Television Residuals
Union Security in New Media
Major Role Premium
French Hours (Motion Pictures Only)
That’s it for now. If I learn more, I'll add updates.