As the negotiations for the new SAG-AFTRA Interactive Media Agreement continues, it is vitally important for all of our membership to know:
Your Interactive Committee has worked hard to bring the concerns of working video game performers to the negotiating table.
Feb. 3-4, 2015: First negotiation date. Members deliver to employers a statement of support signed by more than 300 of the union’s top performers.
June 23, 2015: Second meeting with employers, attended by more than 50 members who work the vido game contract, ends after just a few hours.
September 23, 2015: SAG-AFTRA members tweet their support for voiceover actors using the hashtag #PerformanceMatters, which trends all afternoon and into the evening.
September 15-October 6, 2015: SAG-AFTRA holds strike authorization vote. 96.55 percent of members voted yes for a strike authorization.
May 4, 2016: Prominent SAG-AFTRA members appear in a YouTube video stating they support the interactive negotiations. The video gets thousands of views.
May 4-5, 2016: Negotiations continued without progress.
May 25, 2016: SAG-AFTRA sends letter sent to California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) asking for an investigation into unsafe vocal recording sessions held by video game employers.
July 25-26, 2016: Negotiations continue with little to no progress.
Oct 17-19, 2016: The final round of negotiations are scheduled before a possible strike.
Oct. 21, 2016: The date set for SAG-AFTRA members to strike the interactive video game industry.
We are now at a crossroads. All our members need to know:
As you might know, the Interactive Media Agreement was first negotiated by SAG and AFTRA in the mid-1990s, and this agreement is still the template we use today despite radical changes in what we are required to do on set and in the recording studio. We’re looking to bring this long-standing agreement into the 21st Century by addressing the following issues, which were arrived at after extensive one-on-one, small group and big meeting interactions and discussions with members like you.
Please read What We Stand For and What We Stand to Lose and make sure to navigate to the Get Involved section of the website to sign up for our mailing list. We’ll be using the list to stay in contact with members like you and let you know how you can help.