Moderate members of the Screen Actors Guild's board of directors, who hold a thin majority on the board, have sent an email message to members calling for the firing of chief negotiator and executive director Doug Allen and accusing SAG President Alan Rosenberg of holding "fast to a failed strategy for over a year and a half." Union members, they observed, "have lost nearly $50 million from working under an expired contract." Responding to what Allen called a compromise in which he recommended that the final offer of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers be sent to members with pro and con arguments, the dissident members observed that the proposal was unacceptable inasmuch as the SAG leadership had already spent more than $100,000 in an effort to discredit the AMPTP offer. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times reported today (Tuesday) that the dissidents, who claim that they were prevented from ousting Allen at a marathon board meeting last week by the hardliners' "filibuster," are planning an attempt to do so through a written vote as early as this week. Moreover, Todd Hissong, president of SAG's Chicago local, fired off an angry message to Allen accusing him of issuing "ultimatums" to the studios and networks and demanding his immediate resignation. And, in an interview with Daily Variety, Paul Christie, a national board member and former president of SAG's New York board, charged that Allen "is sending these [email messages] out as a shell game to try and keep his job, and he is lying to the membership again. The division is not about the contract. The division is about Doug Allen. If he truly gave a damn about the members, he would step aside and stop prolonging this self-indulgent farce.

20/01/2009