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SAG-AFTRA calls for strike vote against video game companies


LOS ANGELES — SAG-AFTRA members will vote from next week on whether union leaders should be authorized to call strikes against video game companies, in the latest sign of worker unrest spreading across the wider entertainment industry.

The Screen Actors Guild, the Federation of American Television and Radio Artists, said it’s been almost a year since its contract with video game companies expired.

The guild leadership’s call for a strike permit vote comes after the union’s film and TV actors left in attack In mid-July, screenwriters who had been on the strike line since early May were represented by joining the Writers Guild of America.

SAG-AFTRA seeks pay increases and protection against artificial intelligence use for video game artists.

The union said the last contract negotiated with video game companies in 2017 didn’t address key issues. including artificial intelligence — A major issue raised during the current bilateral Hollywood strikes, where film and TV actors and writers have voiced concerns that technology is encroaching on their jobs.

“Once again, we are facing employer greed and disrespect,” SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher said in a statement. “Artificial intelligence once again puts our members in danger of reducing employment opportunities. And SAG-AFTRA once again stands up to persecution on behalf of its members.”

It will be the first time since October 2016 that those under the interactive contract go on strike. During this strike, SAG-AFTRA, Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts, Take Two, Insomniac Games, Warner Bros. and Warner Bros., including divisions of 11 companies. disney

Audrey Cooling, a spokesperson for video game manufacturers that are parties to the Interactive Media Agreement, said the companies “all want a fair contract”.

“We are negotiating in good faith and hope to reach a mutually beneficial agreement as soon as possible,” Cooling said.

Postcards with voting information will be sent to voting members on Tuesday, the union said, and voting will end at 5 p.m. on September 25.

In a message posted on its website, SAG-AFTRA said: “The negotiating committee and the National Assembly unanimously decided that the union should have a member-approved strike mandate when negotiations resumed on September 26.”

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