Yesterday the membership was notified that Doug Allen, the chief negotiator for the Union has been replaced (i.e. fired). I'm thinking this means that a final contract is coming soon -- for better or worse. The likelihood of a strike is looking less and less which is great, but at what cost for the future? The in-fighting within SAG is really bringing down the whole town, and I'm sure making the big congloms very happy. Ugh...
The press release read in part:
Los Angeles (January 26, 2009) -- The Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors by written assent today terminated the employment of Doug Allen and appointed former Guild general counsel David White to replace him as interim national executive director. The board further appointed longtime Guild senior advisor John T. McGuire as chief negotiator.
The board also disbanded the TV/Theatrical Negotiating Committee and directed that it be replaced with a Taskforce directed to complete these negotiations on behalf of the board of directors.