After almost a year since its beginning, the SAG-AFTRA union has announced an end to its recent strike, amidst signs of a “tentative agreement” having been reached.
Announced yesterday on the official page for the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), it was said that the union’s strike against 11 videogame companies would be ending. Having begun on October 21, 2016, we have come almost a full year since then.
The terms of the agreement, reached this past Saturday, are as follows:
Industry performers, on top of their usual session fees, would receive an additional payment by the launch of the game. This payment is calculated based on the number of sessions worked, and includes a $75 payment for the first session and a total of $2,100 after having worked 10 sessions.
Industry employers are required to be follow further transparency provisions. This includes informing the performer beforehand whether profanity, slurs or other terminology of a violent and/or sexual nature will be required. Employers are also required to disclose basic information about the nature of the project, including code name and genre.
Of the agreement, this is what SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris had to say:
“This is an important advance in this critical industry space. We secured a number of gains including, for the first time, a secondary payment structure which was one of the members’ key concerns.”
The agreement made, however, is still up for review before it becomes official. The SAG-AFTRA National Board will review the contract at its next meeting in October.