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Jun 08, 2005 - 12:45 PM

Arnold's SAGging Loyalty

by Carmen Balber
The Hollywood news pub. Variety reports today that Arnold's latest TV ad pushing his extra election is a non-union production. The gov, a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), benefited from union contracts while he was acting, continues to collect union-won residuals from his work, and will receive a SAG pension when he retires.

An ArnoldWatch tipster claims that the commercial, which he refused to work after learning it was non-union, paid actors a flat fee of just $500.

According to Variety, SAG said that Schwarzenegger's appearance in the commercial wasn't technically a violation of union rules (because he's an elected official and played himself) but the ad definitely violated the spirit of SAG membership. The actors' union issued a sharply worded statement censuring Arnold's behavior:

"As someone who has benefited from the hard-won protections of union contracts... it is inexcusable that the governor did not take all measures necessary to ensure that his fellow performers could enjoy those same protections."

Click here to read the Variety article.

It's clear that Arnold's agenda is that of his big business contributors -- old-fashioned union-busting -- not making changes that help the state. Now that their own union has been targeted by the Terminator, maybe more actors will come out of the woodwork to join Warren Beatty and other outspoken union members -- like the state's nurses, firefighters and teachers -- who are fighting back against Arnold's anti-California agenda and $80 million extra election.

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