Implications and innuendoes seem to be taking up space in Back Stage lately. For example, the subheadline of the Jan. 15 article about the SAG/NY runoff election, "Election Ballot Mailing Deadline Set After Craig Threatens Lawsuit" seems to imply that one event caused the other. Similarly, the sentence, "The guild set the specific dates following a threat...", carries the same inference.
In fact, SAG staff and legal counsel were, as of Dec. 18, in the process of reviewing the timing for a runoff election (due to a tie in the November Board vote). They had to take into consideration the complications of the holiday season, January Board commitments, such as the Plenary and Annual Membership meetings in Los Angeles, and the fact of the national merger referendum and ballot already before the membership (due back Jan. 25), as well as time related to printing and mailing of ballots, notification of candidates, etc. The date for the runoff was set, simply, as soon as was practicable (ballots are scheduled to be mailed Feb. 10).
Director, Public Relations
Screen Actors Guild/NY