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Instead of negotiating in good faith, it seems studios, and their anti-union allies are using scare tactics and outright lies to try to trick SAG-AFTRA members into pressing their leaders to take a bad deal.

Don’t confuse their fiction with facts:🧵
“Money from the new streaming percentage would go to the Union, not the members.”

This is a b.s. scare tactic. *All* residuals go to the union, which processes them and sends you checks. Been this way for decades. This is nothing new and nothing to be afraid of.
“If this doesn’t get resolved ASAP, shows will be canceled!”

The CEOs have foolishly let this drag on so long that the pipeline of content is running dry. You think they’re not gonna refill it? That the people who love a reboot won’t bring back shuttered shows?
“Everyone is suffering because actors are being so selfish!”

CEOs could end the strike today by negotiating a fair deal that their companies — which make $30B/year in profits — can easily afford.

Someone’s being selfish here, but it ain’t the actors.
“Holding out is only hurting IATSE & Teamster crew members!”

The CEOs refusal to make a deal is hurting everyone. But if SAG takes a bad deal, that will only embolden CEOs to play hardball with IATSE & Teamsters next year and force them on strike, too.
“Why is SAG-AFTRA dragging this out?”

We’re all desperate to get back to work, but SAG’s not the hold up. They extended 12 days in July trying to make a deal. They’ve been ready to talk for months. CEOs have stalled 100+ days for a deal they could’ve made Day 1.
These are just a few of the lies studios are spreading to try to avoid paying their workers fairly. And they have help. Molly Levinson’s unionbusting PR firm is responsible for a ton of misinformation — and the bots harassing union members on Twitter. therevolvingdoorproject.org/hollywood-boss…
Hollywood Bosses Fight SAG-AFTRA With PR Flacks Help
The studios and streamers are spreading all these lies, losing all this money, and wasting all this time for one reason:

They think they can fool you.

They’re hoping that their lies will work, that your union will break, and that they can pay you less or replace you with AI.
Don’t let the lies confuse you. Instead, let them make you mad.

Mad that they think they can trick you.

Mad that they’d rather play games than pay you what you’re worth.

And use that anger to fight.

One day longer.
One day stronger.
For as long as it takes.

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Oct 25
These stories in the trades have some SAG-AFTRA members concerned.

First, these are likely a kernel of truth under a steaming pile of studio spin.

But let’s cut to the chase. Is Fran Drescher eccentric? Hell yes.

And there’s enormous power in that.🧵
Before talks had broken off, sources say, the four CEOs who attended SAG-AFTRAS negotiations had been taken aback by Drescher's negotiating style, which involved bringing a doll (a heart-shaped plush toy with a smiley face given to Drescher by an 11-year-old fan) and saying Buddhist inspirational quotes. She also alarmed the CEOs when she proclaimed, "I don't care if we are here for a year" in order to achieve the unions ends, sources maintain, which a union source denies. A source close to the union explains that Drescher uses a "less contentious" bargaining process and...
Drescher opened the first Zoom meeting with the A-listers by asking to take a screenshot, or selfie of sorts, according to two sources familiar with the session. The source close to the union maintains that Drescher wanted to take a screenshot in order to preserve the historic moment in the life of the union; SAG-AFTRA collects the history of its union as part of its general operations. Perry politely declined, expressing that he would prefer to get down to business.
CEOs are used to being in rooms with people they can control. People who are afraid of them.

From the start of this negotiation, Fran has made it clear that they cannot control her — and she is not afraid of them.

That scares the shit out of CEOs and gives SAG-AFTRA power.
Fran Drescher and her fearlessness, her unpredicability, and her eccentricity add strength to SAG-AFTRA’s negotiation.

This woman has survived cancer and sexual assault and been publicly authentic and vulnerable about both. You think she’s scared of David F. Zaslav?
Read 7 tweets
Oct 23
Since the CEOs walked away from negotiations with SAG-AFTRA on Oct. 11, the AMPTP and Molly Levinson’s unionbusting crisis PR firm have been spinning out nothing but propaganda and outright lies.

With negotiations resuming tomorrow, it’s time to set the record straight.🧵

SAG-AFTRA is seeking a significantly larger increase in minimums than the WGA and DGA got. But there are good reasons for that.

First, a 5% increase after 2 years of 6+% inflation isn’t a raise at all — it’s a pay cut.
The WGA got enough increases in other areas to compensate for the 5% increase in our deal. But SAG-AFTRA is a different union with different needs.

And performers *need* a significant increase in minimums.
Read 17 tweets
Oct 22
Heard a rumor circulating among SAG-AFTRA members that the WGA “finally figured out their deal when writers put pressure on the union to find a solution.”

This is 10000% WRONG.

And this rumor is unionbusting b.s. Here’s why:🧵
First, this claim about the WGA is completely false.

There was never any widespread pressure from WGA members asking our leaders to cave.

That just did not happen.
Yes, the AMPTP tried to sow dissent by planting stories in the trades about meetings with a handful of high-profile members.

But the only thing those meetings did was to *prolong* our strike by a few weeks while the CEOs waited to see if our solidarity was breaking.
Read 12 tweets
Sep 26
As WGA leaders meet today to finalize our deal, we begin a new era for writers — and for labor in our industry.

But we also begin to face the final and most insidious form of unionbusting propaganda: a years-long effort to sell the lie that our strike was not worth it.🧵
Over the coming days, months, and years, the studios, streamers, and their surrogates will take every opportunity to undermine what we have won together.

They will seize on the inevitable consessions and compromises made by our NegCom as proof that we “failed.”
They will urge us to overlook all that we won through hard work and unwavering solidarity.

They will claim it wasn’t enough, that we should have gotten X instead of Y, that we lost more by striking than we gained in this new contract.

And they will be wrong.
Read 9 tweets
Sep 21
Okay. This is some bullshit. This morning, all the CEOs “cleared their schedules” in order to make a deal. But now, some anonymous source says if we don’t take what they’re offering by end of day tomorrow — they’re just gonna trash the rest of the year? Absurd.🧵
Does anyone believe those CEOs wanted to clear their schedules and be in that room today? Hell no. They pay Carol for that.

They were there because they had to be — because our power demanded it.
And all our power and leverage is not going to magically vanish at end of business on a Thursday just because some rando exec wishes it away.

The CEOs can’t afford to lose another quarter, another month, another week. They are hurting.
Read 7 tweets
Sep 15
Now that the WGA has confirmed the possibility of a meeting, I really hope this is the start of genuine good faith negotiations by the studios.

But if they’re following the old unionbusting playbook, which they have so far, it’s possible this is a trap.🧵 deadline.com/2023/09/writer…
With the caveat that I have no inside info about this negotiation, here’s how this unionbusting trap works:

They’ve already done the simple version on 8/22: Set a meeting, get everyone’s hopes up, then dash them.

But there’s an even more insidious version of this trap.
Here’s how this unionbusting trap works:

The companies signal that they want to talk, and the instant the union engages in scheduling, the companies “prematurely” put out a press release about new talks — getting everyone’s hopes up.
Read 10 tweets

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