Commercial actors take to streets in strike

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Hundreds of striking commercial actors marched down Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles Monday morning, closing down the street for a short period as they began their strike. Actors picketed in front of office towers housing agencies including DMB&B, J. Walter Thompson USA, Grey Advertising and McCann-Erickson, chanting slogans in their efforts to get higher wages for their commercial work. May 1 was the start date of the strike called by the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists. The picketing was the second labor protest to hit Los Angeles in weeks, following a now-settled strike by janitors last month that briefly closed Wilshire Boulevard. Protests by commercial actors also took place Monday on the streets of Chicago, New York and San Francisco. The SAG and AFTRA unions, meanwhile, have been offering interim agreements in which actors will go back to work for advertisers that agree to a 12% across-the-board increase. Some smaller advertisers reported are taking that offer.

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