SAG-AFTRA actors formally end four month strike: Ratify three-year ... trends now

SAG-AFTRA actors formally end four month strike: Ratify three-year ... trends now
SAG-AFTRA Hollywood actors formally end four month strike: Ratify three-year ... trends now

SAG-AFTRA Hollywood actors formally end four month strike: Ratify three-year ... trends now

Hollywood´s actors have voted to ratify the deal with studios that ended their strike after nearly four months, bringing an official finish to the labor strife that shook the entertainment industry for most of 2023.

The approval of the three-year contract from the members of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists announced Tuesday night by union leaders was no certainty, with some prominent members voicing dissent on the deal their negotiators bargained for.

The 78% yes result in voting that began Nov. 13 and ended Tuesday was a far cry from the near-unanimous approval and widespread enthusiasm members of the writers guild gave to the deal that ended their strike in September.

A rejection of the agreement would have meant a return to the bargaining table and, with that, the possibility of the actors going back on strike if leaders called for it.

A rejection of the agreement would have meant a return to the bargaining table and, with that, the possibility of the actors going back on strike if leaders called for it. 

But the outcome is a major relief for SAG-AFTRA leaders and an entertainment industry that is attempting to return to normal after months of labor strife. And it brings a final, official end to Hollywood labor´s most tumultuous year in half a century, with two historic strikes that shook the industry.

Just over 38% of members cast votes, SAG-AFTRA said. All 145,000 members could vote on the deal, not just the approximately 60,000 TV and movie actors who went on strike and work under the contract.

'I´m very happy with the result,' Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, SAG-AFTRA's executive director and chief negotiator, told the Associated Press Tuesday night. 'I think having almost an 80% `yes´ vote with almost a 40% turnout for our members, that´s really unprecedented for any kind of contract where it´s not just a unanimous chorus of yeses.'

Some members agreed.

'More yes votes than I expected and very happy to see because despite loud voices of complaint on social media, it shows the membership is still strong and united,' actor 'Can't Hardly Wait' actor Ethan Embry posted on X, formerly known as Twitter. 'Back to work.'

A rejection of the agreement would have meant a return to the bargaining table and, with that, the possibility of the actors going back on strike if leaders called for it.

The union had freed actors to return to work, declaring the strike over as soon as the tentative deal was struck Nov. 8 with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents studios, streaming

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