SAG-AFTRA members working in the video game industry voted to authorize a strike if representatives feel it is necessary to advance negotiations on the Interactive Media Agreement in their favor.
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Of the eligible union members that voted, 98.32% agreed to the strike authorization during the voting period that began on Sept. 5 and ended on Monday, just one day before negotiations are set to resume.
SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher said, “It’s time for the video game companies to stop playing games and get serious about reaching an agreement on this contract.” “The result of this vote shows our membership understands the existential nature of these negotiations and that the time is now for these companies — which are making billions of dollars and paying their CEOs lavishly — to give our performers an agreement that keeps performing in video games as a viable career.”
A spokesperson representing the collection of employers said, “We will continue to negotiate in good faith to reach an agreement that reflects the important contributions of SAG-AFTRA-represented performers in video games. We have reached tentative agreements on over half of the proposals and are optimistic we can find a resolution at the bargaining table.”
The news comes on the heels of the announcement of the likely end to the WGA strike.