The National Board of the Screen Actors Guild turned thumbs down on the "last, best and final offer" from the Hollywood studios. The vote against the contract offer was 73% to 27%.
SAG accused the Alliance of Motion Picturee and Television Producers of torpedoing the talks by insisting on a new provision which would make the SAG contract run until 2012, putting it one year out of sync with the other Hollywood unions. "What management presented as a compromise is, in fact, an attempt to separate Screen Actors Guild from other industry unions. By attempting to extend our contract expiration one year beyond the other entertainment unions, the AMPTP intends to deleverage our bargaining position from this point forward," SAG said in announcing the board’s rejection of the pact at a meeting on Saturday.