Date: 9th February 2001

SAG President Pleads For Unity

Screen Actors Guild President William Daniels has appealed to the union's membership to set aside "factionalism and partisanship" that threaten to undermine the union's ability to negotiate effectively with the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers. "We cannot as a union be pitted against one another," Daniels wrote in a letter to members Thursday. "If we are to succeed as a union, this political infighting must stop."

Daniels warned members against speaking out publicly about issues likely to be raised during forthcoming negotiations with producers. "When an individual airs his or her personal opinions in the press or in email chains -- which may I remind you thousands, including press, management, etc. also receive and read -- that individual's opinion will always be misconstrued and exploited to the detriment of the goals of our Union," he said.

Source: Studio Briefing