A prominent entertainment labor attorney who conducted online interviews with leaders of the two primary feuding factions of the Screen Actors Guild has chided each side for failure to provide "clear and convincing answers" to resolving the stalemate between the union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Attorney Jonathan Handel wrote that the current leadership is unable to force the AMPTP to accept its new media demands because it doesn't have the leverage of a strike threat. (A strike authorization requires assent by 75 percent of the membership, something the leadership is currently unable to count on.) Likewise, Handel observed, the Unite for Strength challengers have focused their energy not on trying to find a solution to the current industry impasse but on merging with AFTRA, a "longer-term goal that ignores the matter on the table." UFS, he said, "won't even express an opinion on what to do."

01/09/2008