Yesterday Secret conversation between SAG-AFTRA leadership and Hollywood’s elite actors It turns out this is a bid to help shine a spotlight on working-class talent within the union.
The talks, which included George Clooney, his Batman counterpart Ben Affleck, Scarlett Johannson, Tyler Perry and Emma Stone, among others, show an offer to allocate $150 million in contributions to reduce costs AMPTP Signatory. The Details will be announced on Deadline Illustrate the stars who want to keep the conversation going to get a better deal in the hope that their contribution will be leveraged by providing funds for better healthcare and other areas.
In a statement to Deadline, Clooney said: “A lot of top earners want to be part of the solution,” he explained (and we’d like to assume he’s got his Bat Card out, and Affleck’s too). “We have offered to lift the dues cap, which would bring the union over $50 million annually. Well over $150 million over the next three years. We think it’s fair that we pay more into the union. We also propose a bottom-up residuals structure, meaning that the top part of the call sheet is the last to collect the residuals rather than the first. These negotiations will continue, but we wanted to show that we are all in this together and find ways to close the gap in actor pay.”
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