Opposition is rising within the ranks of the Screen Actors Guild to a strike-authorization referendum that is expected to be sent to members before the end of December. Among the opponents is Richard Masur, a former national president of the union, who said that he agreed to the referendum if mediation failed. However, he told today's (Thursday) Wall Street Journal, "It was the SAG committee and our negotiators who failed to make a sufficient effort at a deal. Therefore, I feel that it is premature to send out a strike-authorization referendum as more work needs to be done on trying to find a deal." Liberal activist/actor Mike Farrell sent an email to members that concluded with the words, "As a member for over 40 years, I'm not anti-SAG. But I am anti-idiocy. I'm voting 'no.'" Husband-and-wife Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman released a letter that they had sent to SAG President Alan Rosenberg saying, "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." Forget six-foot-wide home theaters. National board member Mike Hodge pointed out that studies conducted by the Directors Guild of America concluded "that there won't be money in New Media until 2012 or even 2014. Our contracts last for three years."

04/12/2008