Actors Union Gives up Strike Vote Plans

The Screen Actors Guild has suspended plans for a strike authorization vote.

A hard-line faction within the union and the guild’s president say the vote was likely to fall short of the 75% support needed to pass.

The Hollywood group of actors, led by guild president Alan Rosenberg, is also recommending sending the movie studios’ final three-year contract offer directly to its 120,000 members for a vote.

The declaration represents an about-face and follows months of preparations for a strike vote that would have given the guild the power to shut down production of major studio movies and prime-time TV shows. The last contract expired in June.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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