The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) will conduct a strike action at the offices of DMB&B Advertising at 1675 Broadway (between W. 52 and W. 53 Streets) today at 2:30 PM.
Union sources told Playbill On-Line that members of SAG and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists would meet at 1675 Broadway before marching downtown to the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Broadway and W. 48 St. in a show of support for union negotiators inside the hotel.
Following a resumption of talks on Sept. 13, SAG and AFTRA are now in the sixth consecutive day of discussions with commercial producers. The commercial strike by actors is now in its fifth month. The actors seek to protect their traditional broadcast residuals system, boost the residual rate for cable and establish union jurisdiction over work on the Internet.
On Sept. 18 a union source told Playbill On-Line that a revised proposal on cable rates had been submitted to the commercial producers' negotiating team.
On Sept. 19, several union actors led by Dan Lauria stood vigil in the rain outside the Crowne Plaza Hotel as the final contingent of the full commercial producers' negotiating team was scheduled to arrive and join the talks. -- By Murdoch McBride