AMPTP critical of SAG's postcard play

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SAG and the AMPTP are at it again — though not at the bargaining table.

The AMPTP said Tuesday that SAG's 12-page missive sent to members this week outlining the faults the union has with the studios' final offer is nothing more than a one-sided mailing designed to tell the actors' negotiators the only answer they want to hear: that the deal is bad.

"The two questions on the postcard 'poll' are written in a completely one-sided way, characterizing the June 30 final offer as unfair," the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers said. "The 12 pages of material accompanying the postcard are just as one-sided and filled with misrepresentations."

One example, the AMPTP points out, is SAG's contention that informal talks are taking place. "No informal negotiations regarding SAG's TV/Theatrical contract have been going on, and for SAG's negotiators to suggest otherwise is to intentionally mislead the membership," the AMPTP stated.

Earlier in the day, SAG national exec director Doug Allen pointed out that the AMPTP has asked the union several times to send the producers' final offer to SAG members. And now that they've done so, the producers object.

"It is understandable that the studios and networks are concerned about the members' reaction to a proposal that contains incentives to produce non-union and no residuals for new-media productions reused by streaming on the Internet," Allen said.

The newsletter includes questions and answers to several key issues, including why SAG has not accepted the AMPTP deal even though other unions have.

"The working life of an actor is not the same as a writer's or director's and our contract solution can't always be the same," SAG said in response.

In addition, the newsletter includes a postcard to be mailed back to the union polling members about the AMPTP's offer. The postcards are due Sept. 15, three days before the results of SAG's national board election are announced.

The two poll options to choose from are: "Continue negotiating with the AMPTP to secure a fair TV/Theatrical contract for actors with better terms than the AMPTP's June 30th 'final offer,'" or "Accept the AMPTP's June 30 'final offer' without modification." (partialdiff)
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