Strike settled, new contract sealed: SAG-AFTRA achieves milestone agreement

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FIA and its affiliates worldwide extend sincere congratulations to SAG-AFTRA for their unwavering resolve in successfully securing a groundbreaking new contract. The tentative agreement, which will next be reviewed by SAG-AFTRA’s National Board and submitted to the 160 000-strong membership for approval, establishes a landmark standard that will have a lasting impact across generations, particularly with respect to how actors are to be rewarded for the streaming of their performances and protected against the abusive use of AI.

We are immensely proud of SAG-AFTRA for taking on this incredible fight for all performers around the world”, said FIA President Gabrielle Carteris. “Streaming and AI are global realities within our industry affecting the future of work and our ability as actors to earn a meaningful living wage. We applaud the courage of SAG-AFTRA members and their leadership for standing strong throughout this historic fight. This agreement proves that actors, when using their collective voice and standing as one, have the power to transform and elevate this industry into a fair and equitable place. Strength in unity.”

The SAG-AFTRA strike garnered support from FIA affiliates globally, actively working to prevent struck productions from evading the terms of the strike by hiring talent in foreign jurisdictions. FIA General Secretary Dominick Luquer expressed pride in the global solidarity shown by FIA affiliates outside the USA, stating, “All our members rallied with SAG-AFTRA, standing firm despite the strike’s fallout in their respective countries. This achievement will undoubtedly strengthen the determination of performer unions worldwide to continue fighting with courage and confidence for higher standards, respect, equity, and to help each other out in a globalized industry.”

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