The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and video game producers concluded their contract negotiations without a definitive agreement.
While the union possesses the option to conduct a vote on authorizing a strike, a joint statement released late on Thursday by SAG-AFTRA and the game producers suggests that both parties are inclined to steer clear of another significant work interruption.
It's worth noting that SAG-AFTRA has been engaged in a strike against the largest employers in the TV and film industry since July 14, emphasizing the gravity of the ongoing labor disputes in the entertainment sector.
According to the joint statement, “SAG-AFTRA and video game employers concluded scheduled negotiations for the Interactive Media Agreement. No deal was reached and the current agreement will remain in effect while the parties make final efforts to reach a deal.”
The union has engaged in sporadic negotiations with major players in the video game industry since October 2022.
It is pertinent to know that the firms participating in these discussions comprise Activision, Blindlight LLC, Disney Character Voices Inc., Electronic Arts Productions Inc., Formosa Interactive LLC, Insomniac Games Inc., Epic Games, Take 2 Productions Inc., VoiceWorks Productions Inc., and WB Games Inc.
At the beginning of September, SAG-AFTRA members gave resounding support to a strike authorization vote against ten major video game companies, with an overwhelming majority of 98.32%.
The revealed results on September 25th showed that out of the eligible voters, 34,687 members participated, constituting 27.47% of the total eligible voting population.
SAG-AFTRA is currently undergoing its inaugural industry-wide strike in over four decades. The union is scheduled to recommence contract negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, marking the first formal discussions since the breakdown of talks that occurred on the evening of July 12.
WGA strike ended:
In the midst of a widespread increase in labor union engagement across the nation, the Writers Guild of America initiated a strike on May 2 and recently finalized a tentative agreement with AMPTP on September 24.
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