Here’s the AFL-CIO statement today on where contract negotiations now stand for its two chartered guilds, SAG and AFTRA:

March 18, 2008: At the request of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the AFL-CIO has hosted several meetings between the two unions regarding the upcoming negotiation of the Television/Theatrical contract with the AMPTP. Both SAG and AFTRA have now advised President John J. Sweeney that they are fully committed to jointly negotiating and jointly administering the Television/Theatrical contract through its term pursuant to the terms of the Phase One joint bargaining agreement. We congratulate the two unions for reaching agreement on this important matter and look forward to productive joint negotiations.”