SAG-AFTRA Contract Vote Nears Amid Criticism Over Deal Details

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Outcome of Hollywood actors’ contract vote could be close amid criticism over parts of deal

  • A new three-year labor deal between Hollywood’s actors and its film and TV studios could be made official within days
  • Members of the SAG-AFTRA union have been voting on the tentative deal over the last several weeks
  • The agreement was made fully public just after Thanksgiving, following a historic 118-day strike
  • The deal provides meaningful protections around the use of artificial intelligence, including informed consent and compensation for the creation and use of digital replicas of members
  • Outcome of Hollywood actors’ contract vote could be close amid criticism over parts of deal

    A new three-year labor deal between Hollywood’s actors and its film and TV studios could be made official within days, but not without vocal criticism that has stoked expectations of a close ratification vote. Members of the SAG-AFTRA union, which represents more than 150,000 film and television performers, have been voting on the tentative deal over the last several weeks, with balloting set to end Tuesday.

    Concerns Over the Deal

    The actors union’s national board, a group of more than 70 people, voted the deal through on Nov. 10, with over 86% in favor. But a vocal handful of critics on the board publicly slammed it. As details of the tentative deal emerged, the hashtag #SAGAFTRAvoteNO began making its way onto social media, with some performers singling out what they deemed insufficient.

    Significant Achievements of the Deal

    In a statement after the vote, the board said the package, “valued at more than one billion dollars in new wages and benefit plan funding, is a landmark achievement for the union.” The deal also provides meaningful protections around the use of artificial intelligence, including informed consent and compensation for the creation and use of digital replicas of members, living and deceased, whether created on set or licensed for use.

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