From done deal to cautious optimism to uncertainty around a SAG-AFTRA/AMPTP deal as a consumer boycott becomes one of the levers being floated
Oh a studio person says it's a phenomenal deal. Then it must be.
Let's agree that both sides are to blame. Never in a conflict has only one side been a pure angel. Which means, this could've been resolved a lot sooner. It has been extremely inefficient. Inefficiencies are expensive and that cost may never be recovered regardless of the new deal. Why has this taken so long? Let's ponder that Duncan's job is NED, which like all unions is a administrative position in charge of the staff of the union. It's not a negotiating position, but here he is, negotiating. Many unions hire negotiators for this purpose but not here. The limelight is something to be coveted in a union full of those who seek to be bathed in it. That attention and celebrity is seductive to EVERYONE and Duncan is not immune from the pitfalls of losing himself in it. We saw this with Judge Ito during the OJ trial and we have seen it over and over. Once the deal is done, he goes back to an administrative position scheduling staff hours and having weekly meetings about boring stuff that makes him almost invisible. No more calls from Tom Cruise asking what is taking so long, no more A list meetings - they've never called him before and won't after. During the strike, he traveled to TIFF and announced it like he had a film he was opening there. Nobody is going to TIFF to see Duncan - why is he there and why is he pressing it like he's an actor? His ego has clearly taken over the show. If he was about the team he would've hired a professional negotiator and kept a low profile.
I can't imagine the general public would go along with a consumer boycott and end up being a huge miss for the union. Folks will support the union and strike as a concept but not sure if they're all the way bought in--especially with the holidays (and family travel) coming up. SAG already faced some (misguided/misinterpreted) blow back over the Halloween missive and can't imagine this would be met with more excitement.