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Marxism in Hollywood

27 June 2008 2:42 PM, PDT | Digital Media Law | See recent Digital Media Law news »

Another day, another denunciation. It's hard to know what the SAG Hollywood leadership is thinking. They’ve deployed robocalls, trade ads, emails, and more, in a misguided effort to defeat the AFTRA deal. Success is unlikely, but in any case, the result will probably be continued labor paralysis, not progress. After all, AFTRA is not going to strike, nor negotiate jointly with SAG, no matter what the outcome of the ratification vote.

For its part, SAG’s also unlikely to strike, since a 75% affirmative vote is required for strike authorization. What's more, we're nowhere near a strike, since the balloting process would apparently take three weeks, and hasn't even been initiated. The guild’s own New York, Chicago and San Francisco branches won’t support a strike – and have criticized the anti-aftra strategy – and even SAG’s allies at the WGA have been largely silent.

Meanwhile, the guild’s negotiations »

- (Jonathan Handel)

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