SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher has called on union members to support a strike authorization vote so its negotiators will have more leverage when dealing with game companies.
The union, which represents a number of voice actors and performers in the game industry, wants members to bring the threat of strike action into play as it attempts to renegotiate the terms of its Interactive Media Agreement.
SAG-AFTRA initially struck the agreement with signatories including Activision, EA, Epic Games, WB Games, Insomniac Games and others to guarantee performers certain rights and protections. It now feels the agreement needs updating, however, and has been trying to renegotiate terms to better reflect the "value [performers] bring to the multi-billion dollar gaming industry" by securing wage increases and better AI protections.
Those talks have apparently reached an impasse, prompting SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher to implore members to back the strike authorization vote and give the organization more leverage.
"Right now is the time to show our solidarity with video game performers. It's been nearly a year since SAG-AFTRA began negotiating the interactive media agreement with video game companies. Despite many multi-day bargaining sessions, the companies are refusing to meet our members' needs in vital areas," said Drescher in a video posted on X.
"Video game performers need wage increases to keep up with inflation. Unregulated use of artificial intelligence in voice and performance capture is already advanced and poses a very real threat to all professional performers. Without protections, a person's recording will be used to train the AI systems that could replace acting jobs. That's why we need your help right now. VoteRead more on gamedeveloper.com