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A Message from the SAG-AFTRA President and Chief Negotiator

Updated: Sep 22, 2023


A thumbail of a "two-in-one" headshot of SAG-AFTRA Fran Drescher and National Executive Director & Chief Negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland. Drescher, left,  wears a V-shaped, hot pink top with a necklace and her hair is parted over the side and swept over her ear. Crabtree-Ireland wears a dark blue blazer with a white dress shirt and sky-blue tie. His hair is combed to the side.
On the Left SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher, on the Right SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland

National Board to vote on a strike order.

Dear Member, After more than four weeks of negotiations, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) — the entity that represents major studios and streamers, including Amazon, Apple, Disney, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Paramount, Sony, and Warner Bros Discovery — remains unwilling to offer a fair deal on the key issues that you told us are important to you. Because of this, we've called for a meeting with our National Board this morning to vote on a strike order. From the time negotiations began on June 7, the members of our Negotiating Committee and our staff team have spent many long days, weekends and holidays working to achieve a deal that protects you, the working actors and performers on whom this industry relies. As you know, over the past decade, your compensation has been severely eroded by the rise of the streaming ecosystem. Furthermore, artificial intelligence poses an existential threat to creative professions, and all actors and performers deserve contract language that protects them from having their identity and talent exploited without consent and pay. Despite our team’s dedication to advocating on your behalf, the AMPTP has refused to acknowledge that enormous shifts in the industry and economy have had a detrimental impact on those who perform labor for the studios. Though we’ve engaged in negotiations in good faith and remained eager to reach a deal that sufficiently addressed performer concerns, the AMPTP’s responses to our proposals have not been adequate. We will update you immediately after the National Board’s vote and information will be provided on how the strike impacts your ability to work. Details on picket times and locations will be provided as well. Please check your inbox. Our ninety-year history is a testament to what can be achieved through our conviction and unity. For the future of our profession, we stand together. In unity, Fran Drescher President Duncan Crabtree-Ireland National Executive Director & Chief Negotiator

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