12/18/2008 AT 4:45 PM ET
The show must and will – go on.
Despite the possibility of an actors’ strike, the Screen Actors Guild will have its annual award show in January, according to SAG President Alan Rosenberg.
“[The strike] is not going to affect our show,” Rosenberg tells PEOPLE, adding that SAG doesn’t “know whether we’ll go on strike or not” but that “people shouldn’t even worry about it.”
Rosenberg, who was present at Thursday’s SAG nominations announcement, says the Guild hasn’t started discussing the specifics of a strike.
“We’re talking about a strike authorization. It’s a very different thing,” he says. “Nothing unusual about it. Nothing radical about it. We need this tool to get the employers to come back to the table and do us some good faith, which they haven’t done since the beginning of these negotiations.”
The 15th Annual SAG Awards will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS Sunday, Jan. 25.