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Screen Actors Guild Members File Lawsuit To Stop SAG-AFTRA Merger!

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This isn't good!

There are a few SAG members that are NOT keen on the idea of a SAG-AFTRA merger, so they've filed a lawsuit today asking the court for a preliminary and permanent injunction to stop SAG from calling for a vote on the whole issue.

Here's what the suit claims:

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Listen Up, Actors! SAG And AFTRA Have Reached A Merger Proposal!

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Whoa! This is seriously BIG news for the acting community!

Today, committees from both the American Federation of Television Artists (AFTRA) and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) reached an agreement proposal for a merger!

Next, the proposal will go to both unions' boards of directors, and then members will vote on whether or not they approve!

Here's what SAG president Ken Howard and AFTRA prez Roberta Reardon had to say about it in a statement:

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SAG Actors Finally Hit By The Recession

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About time!

As some of you might be aware, SAG and AFTRA have been working on new contracts for their members that will be more financially efficient for everyone. It was announced today that one of the changes in the tentative agreements for new feature-primetime union actors is to drop the mandate requirement that air transportation must be first class.

Now, we're sure there are some people in the union who see that as an extreme loss to their privileges. However, the amount of money saved will allow a substantial increase to the minimum-wage rates and a hike in the health and pension contributions from 15% to 16.5%.

Nothing wrong with either of those things. Should the pact be agreed upon, the new rule would go into effect as of July 1st.

So the next time you fly out of LAX, you might want to take a look around your section. You'll never know what big movie star could hanging out in the aisle!

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SAG Warns Actors To Not Work On The Hobbit!!!

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This movie is so filled with drama and it hasn't even gone into production yet!!

Reports are saying that the unions for actors in film and television, SAG and AFTRA, have alerted their members to not accept work on Peter Jackson's upcoming film The Hobbit.

Members "are advised not to accept work on this non-union project" because:

"The Alliance agreement for large-budget international studio films…provides for residuals that are equivalent to those under the SAG agreement. The residuals proposed by the producers of The Hobbit are less in every respect."

According to unions, producers on the film have refused to sign union contracts.

Crazy!! Will this movie ever happen??

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