SAG-AFTRA and nine of the video game industry`s largest companies have agreed to an extension of their interactive media agreement for 2017 for voice-on and performance-capture-performing for two years. Under the new agreement, wage records will increase by 3% per year and employers` sickness and pension contributions by 0.5%. The union went on strike for 340 days – the longest in its history – to honour the 2017 contract. SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said: “We are delighted to have reached this agreement with the management. The COVID 19 pandemic has disrupted the entertainment industry, but work on video games, much of which can be done remotely, has continued. This expansion allows members to continue to work and to have some security in an uncertain period. The Screen Actors Guild of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA; /ˌsæɡˈæftrə/) is an American union representing approximately 160,000 film and television actors, journalists, radio personalities, recording artists, singers, synchronous speakers and other media professionals worldwide. March 2012 following the merger of Screen Actors Guild (founded in 1933) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Arts (founded in 1937 as the American Federation of Radio Artists) and was established in 1952 after the merger with the Television Authority at AFTRA. [6] SAG-AFTRA is a member of the AFL-CIO, the largest trade union confederation in the United States. [7] SAG-AFTRA is composed of actors, advertisers, radio journalists, dancers, disc-jockys, news writers, news publishers, program organizers, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stuntmen, voiceover artists and other media professionals. According to Global Rule One, no SAG-AFTRA member can work for any manufacturer that has not entered into a basic minimum agreement with the union, which is fully in force and effective. This rule applies worldwide. [14] Membership in SAG-AFTRA is considered a rite of passage for new actors and media professionals.

She is often obtained after being hired for her first job in a studio with a collective agreement with the union. [10] SAG-AFTRA`s work is considered to be much more prestigious than union jobs. Because of the size and influence of the union, most major media companies have a collective agreement with SAG-AFTRA through the Film and Television Producers Association. Studios that have signed a collective agreement with SAG-AFTRA are not closed businesses, but are generally required to favour union members when recruiting. The nine companies participating in the agreement are Disney Character Voices, Electronic Arts Productions, WB Games, Activision Productions, Blindlight, Formosa Interactive, Insomniac Games, Take 2 Productions and VoiceWorks Productions. Almost all professional actors and media professionals working for medium- and large U.S. media companies are expected to be unionized. As a result, SAG-AFTRA has many members who are still unemployed, unusual for a union, but reflecting the way work is obtained in the industry. According to saG-AFTRA`s Ministry of WORK archives since its inception, approximately 34% or one-third of total union membership has been “removed,” “suspended” or otherwise not classified as “active” members. These members do not have the right to vote in the union. [11] “Honour withdrawals” account for the majority of these withdrawals, accounting for 20% of the total membership, or 46,934 members. Members of the “suspended salary” are the second members with 14% or 33,422 members.

[2] This classification scheme is pursued by the Screen Actors Guild[12] and not by the diagram used by AFTRA. [13] “Instead of starting comprehensive negotiations, the commission has proposed extending the 2017 agreement,” Rodriguez said.