Thursday, December 18, 2008

David Boreanaz says NO to SAG Strike

Strike ballot votes go out in January to all of SAG's membership but some big names are already choosing sides, and David Boreanaz has picked his.

Source

Dear SAG Board Members, officers and staff:We feel very strongly that SAG members should not vote to authorize a strike at this time. We don't think that an authorization can be looked at as merely a bargaining tool. It must be looked at as what it is -- an agreement to strike if negotiations fail.

We support our union and we support the issues we're fighting for, but we do not believe in all good conscience that now is the time to be putting people out of work.

None of our friends in the other unions are truly happy with the deals they made in their negotiations. Three years from now all the union contracts will be up again at roughly the same time. At that point if we plan and work together with our sister unions we will have incredible leverage.

As hard as it may be to wait those three years under an imperfect agreement, we believe this is what we must do. We think that a public statement should be made by SAG recognizing that although this is not a deal we want, it is simply not a time when our union wants to have any part in creating more economic hardship while so many people are already suffering.

Let's take the high road. Let's unite with our brothers and sisters in the entertainment community and prepare for the future, three years down the line. Then, together, let's make a great deal.

Sincerely,
(Full list of 130 names)
...David Boreanaz...

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let's hope that there is no strike. The economy is terrible and a strike would just increase unemployment for the ordinary Joe working in the industry.

Here is a link to more stars that are saying No to a Strike Authorization Vote.

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117997569.html?categoryId=18&cs=1

CupcakeBean said...

There are a lot of big names on that list. I'm glad to see they are taking the economy into consideration in their decision. It's nice to see that they recognize the devastating impact a strike would have on a lot of people, not just actors but everyone that works in the entertainment industry. Our economy doesn't need another major blow like that.

Poetic_line said...

I really hope there is no strike and am glad David Boreanaz is in support of that.

Some tv shows might not survive another strike and some did not survive the last strike since they have been cancelled recently. Shows off the air means we won't be watching them and when loyalty switches, shows become defunct.

I used to watch Pushing Daisies and switched to Bones during the writers strike. Actually, it was a good thing for me because I love Bones, but Pushing Daisies has been cancelled and it was a very good show.

I am glad if we don't miss any more episodes of Bones and I am probably being selfish, and even though I support unions, I have to agree this is just a bad time to strike.

Jingwei said...

I echoe Cupcakebean. There are a lot of big names on that list. But I think it's a smart move, just because with the current economic crisis the strike will probably do more harm than good.

Shep said...

I agree. A strike will only make things worse. The actors can't possibly be paid better in our current econmic crisis: people are struggling as it is. We also need the shows to give us something positive during this whole recession debacle.

Louise said...

Seems like a very mature and sensible approach to take. Good for them.

Lindsay said...

I respect everyone of those names on the list and especially David (biased I know but come on). They recognize that at this time, a strike will not benefit anyone. Glad that many actors are choosing to recognize how lucky they are to have jobs at all.

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