More turmoil over at the Screen Actors Guild: A meeting that was supposed to occur Feb. 3 between the union reps and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers has been postponed in light of a legal maneuver by SAG President Alan Rosenberg on Monday. Together with his vice president Anne-Marie Johnson, the two reportedly submitted a legal document to SAG that demonstrates their intent to file a lawsuit to reverse the firing of Doug Allen, the union’s former national executive director and chief negotiator. Rosenberg apparently intends to file a lawsuit as soon as Tuesday.
A SAG statement acknowledged receipt of Rosenberg’s intent to file a complaint. Other than to confirm the cancellation of the meeting with AMPTP, the union had no further comment.
On Jan. 26, the moderates on SAG’s national board managed to boot Allen, replace him with two people, and obliterate the negotiating committee. Rosenberg responded with an angry letter posted on the union’s website saying that he and Allen deserved the credit for any gains the new management team achieved in upcoming talks with the AMPTP. “Make no mistake, if this should occur, if there is any gain made, or if we are ultimately able to resist one of the massive roll backs that has been demanded, it will not be due to the skill of this new ‘negotiating team,” Rosenberg wrote.
The actors have been working without a contract since June.