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April 04, 2008

Rich, savory hypocrisy -- SAG elites want to stifle vote of the have-nots [krakatoa]

This is too delicious for words.


Some actors want to prevent those who work less frequently from voting on the [new] contract...

The scrape between the haves and have nots is at the heart of the loudest issue SAG has faced in recent months: an effort by some members to change the rules governing who gets to vote on new contracts. Currently, all of the roughly 120,000 members of the guild are eligible to vote on proposed labor contracts. But a core group of actors who work regularly feel they should have the say in what contract terms to accept or reject. They are proposing a so-called qualified voting structure that would take into account the amount of work a member completes during a contract period. [emphasis mine]...

...some working members who feel that the proposed changes are undemocratic. One of them is Ron Livingston, who played the lead in the movie "Office Space" and was a character on the TV show "Sex in the City." "It's not a collective agreement unless you agree to it collectively," says Mr. Livingston. "The strength of the union is not just the actor working the job, it's the other nine actors next to him who say, 'We'd love that job, too, but we're not going to take it unless you pay him what he's worth.

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