A band of Screen Actor's Guild executives voted yesterday to overturn an agreement previously settled between actors and the video game industry, which would have raised minimum scale rates whilst denying actors residuals. SAG has a routine process for executives to overturn decisions made by member voting, but never in the union's 70-something year history has the clause been activated to successfully change a vote. Now, get this: SAG board's reversal does not effect a contract brokered last week between video game producers and AFTRA, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, so their members will be able to move in and take all the video game voicing jobs unless SAG gets its act together quick.

This is all happening because of a bitter feud within the union between two factions: SAG president Melissa Gilbert's Restore Respect committee, and a rival coalition called MembershipFirst. The latter party is increasingly reject-happy - they've been seemingly fighting measures just to cause friction within the union, and it's not gone unnoticed. "MembershipFirst effectively put SAG out of the interactive business completely," says one SAG board member. "They have shown the industry that Screen Actors Guild does not negotiate in good faith. Why would anyone want to sit down with us now?"
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