Screen Actors Guild kicks out three actors for working during strike against ad industry

Friday, October 19th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The Screen Actors Guild's board of directors has expelled three members it said either worked on or auditioned for commercials during the union's strike last year against the advertising industry.

The three were identified Thursday as Southern California area members Gerry Donato and Mario Barbieri Cecchini and New York area member Robert Kalomeer. A call to Donato was not immediately returned Thursday night. Cecchini and Kalomeer could not immediately be located for comment.

Each was kicked out following a Trial Board hearing, said SAG spokesman Greg Krizman.

``Our membership has been firm in its resolve to provide member benefits only to those performers who stood in solidarity with the guild during the strike,'' Krizman said.

The six-month strike, the longest in Hollywood history, ended last fall after both sides compromised on demands involving residual payments. The strike cost the Los Angeles area economy an estimated $125 million in lost production.