After exchanging new snipes with each other, the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists have agreed to conduct joint talks with advertisers on commercials contracts. Nevertheless, the two unions continued to bicker over which side had proposed the joint negotiations, and AFTRA executives disclosed that they had asked AFL-CIO President John Sweeney to bring in a federal mediator to help resolve the continued enmity between their union and SAG. SAG leaders responded that they "are certainly willing to engage with AFTRA in discussions with the AFL-CIO about the ongoing relationship of our organizations."