Following the replacement of its executive director and the installation of a new negotiating team, the Screen Actors Guild joined the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers in issuing a terse statement Wednesday saying that they will meet Tuesday in Los Angeles. It is generally believed that the new team will accept a contract modeled on the ones signed last year by the three other major industry unions, including the Writers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. However, SAG President Allen Rosenberg and 1st Vice President Anne-Marie Johnson, who have led the battle against the producers' "final offer" are members of the negotiating team and are expected to wage an unrelenting battle against it when bargaining talks resume. Meanwhile, Todd Hisson, president of the SAG local in Chicago, has angrily denounced Rosenberg's condemnation of the moderates' action removing Doug Allen as executive director and chief negotiator. "I cannot imagine a more cynical and delusional statement coming from a national 'leader.' I was not elected to rubberstamp agendas that adversely affect my members' well-being," Hisson said.

29/01/2009