Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Hitting the Bricks?

Some SAG-AFTRA members might be doing just that.

Negotiators for SAG-AFTRA are seeking a strike authorization from video game voice actors after failed negotiations for a successor deal.

The performers union sent out postcards for the strike vote on Sept. 16 to “affected members” — meaning those who have worked on the Interactive Media Agreement — with a deadline of Oct. 5. The SAG-AFTRA constitution mandates that a strike authorization goes into effect only if backed by at least 75% of those voting.

“After a successful strike authorization vote, we will reach out to the employers and ask them to return to negotiations,” the union said.

The contract covers work performed for Activision, Electronic Arts, Disney, Warner Bros. and other employers of video game voice actors. Reps for Warner Bros. and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers declined to comment on the strike vote. ...

SAG-AFTRA has somewhat less leverage in the video game area than it does elsewhere, so we will see how this goes.

And of course, they have to get a 75% strike vote. We assume they're confident they can get to the three-quarters mark. Good luck to everybody.


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