Members of the union SAG-AFTRA – the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio — are threatening to hold a strike this Friday, October 21. if negotiations with current major publishers aren’t met by that day. The guild voted to strike on Oct 7th, but set the date for the strike yesterday and issued a document regarding changes to their contracts which you can read here. Employers working with SAG-AFTRA also released a statement today presenting the strike:
“Despite years of concerted effort and negotiating sessions, video game employers have steadfastly refused to reach a fair deal during our contract negotiations. ”
“We head back to the table Oct. 17-19 with the goal of creating a fair contract that is rooted in industry standards and best practices. Based on past experience, we are not confident management is willing to make the changes necessary to bring this contract up to the standards of our other agreements. Unless you hear differently from us, effective Oct. 21 at 12:01 a.m., you should be prepared to strike the following video game employers with regard to all games that went into production after Feb. 17, 2015: “
The strike will only affect certain major publishers which you can check out a list of below:
- Activision Publishing, Inc.
- Blindlight, LLC
- Corps of Discovery Films
- Disney Character Voices, Inc.
- Electronic Arts Productions, Inc.
- Formosa Interactive, LLC
- Insomniac Games, Inc.
- Interactive Associates, Inc. Take 2
- Interactive Software
- VoiceWorks Productions, Inc.
- WB Games, Inc.
None of the aforementioned publishers have made any public statements so far in regards to this strike so it remains to be seen if any changes will be made by this Friday.