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SAG/AFTRA Talks Stay On Track

The negotiating teams representing SAG/AFTRA and the JPC will meet with federal mediators again Tuesday to discuss terms for ending the five-month strike by commercial actors against the ad industry.

Monday's meetings served mostly as an opportunity for the sidebar groups representing the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the advertising industry's Joint Policy Committee for Broadcast Talent & Union Relations to update the full negotiating teams on last week's discussions, a source said.

Due to a gag order, however, officials of both organizations, as well as federal mediators, have refused to provide further details.

But last week's discussions, also held at the World Trade Center in New York, were viewed as a step that could set the stage for a resolution. The meeting was originally set for Wednesday and Thursday but was extended to Friday and Monday. Federal mediator John Muir then characterized the discussions as "productive."

Separately, union officials said Monday that that they had fined or suspended some members for crossing picket lines.

Current meetings mark the third time federal mediators have attempted to resolve the strike.


David Lipin, ADWEEK Online. September 19, 2000

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