Union Votes ‘Yes’ to Video Game Voice Actor Strike
The SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) union has voted in favour of a strike for video game voice actors.
The referendum resulted in 96.52% of members voting Yes to a potential strike after voting closed on Tuesday October 6th.
A 75% Yes vote was required to give the National Board authority to declare a strike.
SAG-AFTRA is currently in ongoing negotiations with the video game industry and their demands include residuals for games that sell over two million copies, stunt pay for vocally stressful performances and stunt coordinators for performance capture. A full list of the union’s demands can be seen here.
In a statement SAG-AFTRA said:
With this result in hand, the Negotiating Committee will seek to return to the bargaining table and continue to press for a fair resolution on behalf of performers working in video games. The Interactive Media Agreement expired on December 31, 2014. Bargaining sessions held in February and June of this year failed to produce an agreement.
It is important to note that this result does not mean the strike is now in place but rather the union has the authority to declare a strike should they be unhappy with negotiations.