Parties in the Actor’s Strike in the US are headed back to the negotiating table on Tuesday (Wednesday AU).
In a statement to members, SAG-AFTRA said, “As we mark the 100th day of our strike, we are pleased to confirm the company executives have asked us to return to the table. Official negotiations will resume on Tuesday, October 24.
“It is clear that the strength and solidarity shown by our members has sent an unmistakable message to the CEOs. As we have repeatedly said, we are ready, willing and able to engage on a moment’s notice to meet and to work across the table to achieve a deal that is worthy of your sacrifice. Including this morning, just as our bi-annual SAG-AFTRA Convention is underway.
“In the coming days there will likely be a lot of interest and potentially noise surrounding our talks. Do not believe anything you hear until it comes from us.
“We are focused. We are determined. We will not waver. One day longer. One day stronger. As long as it takes.”
It follows some pressure stateside to get a deal done, with stars such as George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Kerry Washington, Tyler Perry, Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Aniston, Robert De Niro, Ben Affleck, Laura Dern, Emma Stone, Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Reynolds, and Ariana DeBose pledging to commit $150 million over three years to remove a cap on union dues, and suggesting a streamer residual structure that would put actors on the bottom of the call sheet before them.
But union leader Fran Drescher later said that such a move would be incompatible with the contract that SAG-AFTRA was attempting to negotiate. The Clooney-led offer “does not impact the contract that we’re striking over whatsoever,” said Drescher on Instagram.
She also noted, “We must increase employer contributions into health and pension funds. We must ensure our lowest-paid members receive minimum-wage increases that keep up with inflation. We must have informed consent and compensation for the use of AI. And, we must agree on fair compensation for the shift from an industry dominated by linear TV to one in which streaming reigns.”
Former SAG president Melissa Gilbert also blasted a SAG-AFTRA message that urged its members not to dress up as characters from struck companies this Halloween.
“THIS is what you guys come up with? Literally no one cares what anyone wears for Halloween,” Gilbert wrote on Instagram. “I mean, do you really think this kind of infantile stuff is going to end the strike? We look like a joke. Please tell me you’re going to make this rule go away… and go negotiate!”