With the WGA strike entering it’s seventh week today, I was pleased to find a really rocking e-mail of support from Screen Actors Guild (SAG) President Alan Rosenberg (“L.A. Law”, “Chicago Hope”, “CSI”) in my inbox this weekend.
I shouldn’t be surprised by the e-mail, as SAG has been a huge supporter of the WGA since even before the strike began, but the fact that their membership continues to stand beside us during this difficult time is really impressive.
I’ve met slews of SAG actors on the picket line in the past few weeks, some famous, some less so, but all of them have been ready and willing to stand with us in our fight for a fair deal from the AMPTP.
So, in honor of our super cool allies in the Screen Actors Guild, I’ve decided to post some of my favorite pics of my new BFF’s — seriously, that one-legged dude who won the first season of “Big Brother” (Eddie, McGee, pictured below) and I are like peas and carrots these days! — accompanied by the full text of the rousing e-mail of support sent out by President Rosenberg tonight. Enjoy!
Dear Writers Guild of America Members,
I am writing to you on behalf of 120,000 proud members of Screen Actors Guild who stand with you in solidarity as your strike continues. We believe that now more than ever, we must remain strong and even more committed to achieving our common objectives. We are proud to walk shoulder-to-shoulder with you and SAG will be there for as long as it takes.
Your fight is our fight. Our National Executive Director Doug Allen and I are working around the clock with Patric Verrone and David Young to coordinate our strike support efforts. I’m sure you have seen some of the thousands of Screen Actors Guild members who’ve been walking the picket lines in Los Angeles, New York and around the country for the last six weeks.
I and other Screen Actors Guild representatives have attended your negotiations and your negotiators have been reasonable and professional. The AMPTP put draconian rollbacks on the table, wasting months of negotiating opportunity. The AMPTP walked out of negotiations twice…most recently after an unreasonable ultimatum that WGA withdraw six key bargaining proposals including several relating to new media compensation.
It is time for the AMPTP to return to the bargaining table.
I salute the cast members and rank-and-file SAG members who are so much a part of this struggle and have made their opinions known to the press, the public, and our employers. As most television shows and motion pictures have shut down, actors are not working. But we know that this fight is for the rights of all creative artists, and our collective future is at stake.
We share your sound and reasonable goals for fair compensation for new media formats and we believe you are doing the right thing by taking a stand.
As 2007 comes to an end please be assured, Screen Actors Guild will stand with you for as long as it takes. I wish you and your families peace, perseverance and patience during this difficult time.
President, Screen Actors Guild
5 responses to “SAG support unwavering”
What a celeb-fest! Are you spending more time picketing and chanting or snapping pics with the stars?! 🙂
Still my favorite is Debra Messing, but if you could go back to 1992, and if we knew then that you would pose in a picture with Matt from Melrose Place, could you imagine how excited we would have been?
Alan Rosenberg? Cool. Your parenthetical reminder of who he is neglected “husband of Marg Helgenberger”, though. Do you remember seeing her when we went to the Fearless screening at WB back in the day?
I obviously don’t watch enough TV, though, because I didn’t recognize most of those celebs. Oh well.
Looking for the union label,
I’d love to see you and Eddie in a three-legged race!
Who are the guys in the second & fourth pictures?
The dude in the second picture is James Hyde, aka long-suffering police chief Sam Bennett on NBC’s recently relocated (to DirecTV) sudser “Passions”. He seemed like a super cool guy but, who knows, maybe he was just thrilled that someone actually recognized him! 🙂
And the guy in the second picture is “Desperate Housewives” star/Burbank resident Doug Savant. He also played our friend James’ favorite “token gay” character, Matt on “Melrose Place”. For the record, he’s much more believable as Felicity Huffman’s bungling husband Tom on “Housewives”…