Although the contract between the Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Prodcuers expired at 12:01 a.m. today, SAG has not authorized its members to strike. It is expected that the union will encourage its members to keep working under the old agreement as negotiations continue, but studios and production houses are likely to postpone work until a deal is reached. A work stoppage at this point could cost the state of California about $23 million a day, SAG members $2.5 million daily and other guilds and unions$13.5 million.
Actors, like the writers before them are seeking a bigger chunk of the digital pie including: increased residual payments for DVDs and increases in pension and health benefits from the studios. SAG leadership are unhappy with the current AMPTP 42-page offer, saying that it's not on par with the deal AMPTP negotiated with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). AMPTP claims that SAG is refusing to negotiate until after July 8 when the results of the AFTRA deal are released.
Some actors such as Sandra Oh ("Grey's Anatomy"), Oscar winner Jack Nicholson and Ben Stiller are urging their peers who belong to both unions to vote down the AFTRA proposal. Approximately 44,000 actors belong to both guilds.