Geez, just what Hollywood needs: uncertainty whether the two guilds will jointly negotiate the Commercials Contract or not. And now the AFL-CIO may be asked to referee the SAG-AFTRA infighting. Here are the first set of letters in chronological order… First, on July 9th, SAG asks AFTRA to jointly negotiate the Commercials Contact and sets a July 25th deadline for AFTRA’s answer. AFTRA doesn’t reply by the deadline. But, today, AFTRA extends an offer to SAG to jointly negotiate the Commercials Contract. SAG replies wanting to know if AFTRA is accepting SAG’s offer to jointly negotiate the Commercials Contract or not. (Confused yet?) Also today, AFTRA writes to the AFL-CIO complaining about SAG’s “concerted campaign to destroy AFTRA’s reputation”. (Are we having fun yet?)
Here is most of the correspondence:
To be fair, I’ll post AFTRA’s letter to the AFL-CIO when I receive SAG’s response.