Earlier this week, we reported about the possibility of SAG-AFTRA, the union of voice actors, going on strike. They’ve been unable to reach an agreement with major game publishers over a number items, but most prominently work conditions.
A statement on the official site for the organization says they’ve spent more than 19 months trying to reach agreement and that came to a head yesterday. Those negotiations failed to prove a positive solution, so the group announced the strike this morning.
“SAG-AFTRA has gone to the negotiations table with serious concerns affecting voiceover and stunt performers,” said SAG-AFTRA Chief Contracts Officer Ray Rodriguez in a release on the official website. “It’s time for video game employers to take our proposals seriously and negotiate a modern contract based on actor safety, industry precedent and best practices.”
Here a list the specific issues according to a statement on the official site.
- Contingent Compensation
- Safety on the Set
- Producers Hide Important Information
- Voice Actors Face Debilitating Injury
- Employers Are Not Taking Us Seriously
SAG-AFTRA plans to hold a picket line outside of the Playa Vista office of Electronic Arts.