Tom Hanks: Gives support to AFTRA contract deal
Tom Hanks, the famous actor, has given his support to a contract deal that was reached by two small actors’ unions, thereby putting his top-shot name against plans by the larger union for seeking more indulgence from all the principal studios of Hollywood.
Tom Hanks has incorporated his name to an e-mail petition thereby urging members to vote for a deal to be signed on May 28 by the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. In this way Tom Hanks could avoid another work stoppage at Hollywood that was held close on the heels of the 100-day strike of the writers, thus putting many actors out of work.
More information about this news on Tom Hanks has been gathered from varied sources. The ‘Screen Actors Guild’ continued to negotiate with studios on Monday and has urged its members to vote down the AFTRA deal.
Both the contracts of the unions on prime-time television shows and movie productions are expiring on 30th June.
The AFTRA petition said a "no" vote would effectively shut down Hollywood.
"Either our employers will lock us out, or SAG will strike." "There really is no alternative if the AFTRA deal is defeated." This is written as per quotation of the petition.
Apart from Tom Hanks, other important backers of the petition are ex SAG president Richard Masur, Loretta Swit from "M-A-S-H", James Cromwell from "L.A. Confidential" and other actors including Adam Arkin, Morgan Fairchild and Tess Harper.
While briefing the reporters of a popular news agency, Cromwell, a former SAG board member, said about his own feelings. According to him, SAG was pressing for demands that could not be met.