The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) and Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) have agreed to extend the 2020 TV/Theatrical contracts, avoiding a potential strike.
The original SAG-AFTRA contract was scheduled to expire at midnight but has been extended until July 12. In an open letter to its members, SAG-AFTRA assured that negotiations have been ongoing for three weeks to secure a comprehensive and inclusive contract.
The letter emphasizes that the extension should not be interpreted as a weakness, as the union stands united with its members. Last month, SAG-AFTRA members voted overwhelmingly in favor of authorizing a strike if a satisfactory agreement was not reached by June 30.
Earlier this week, Rolling Stone reported that famous Hollywood stars including Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, and Ben Stiller were among 300 members who sent a letter to the union. The letter urged the union to stand firm in order to secure improved compensation and address concerns regarding artificial intelligence.
“We want you to know that we are willing to go on strike rather than compromise on these crucial issues. We firmly believe that if we accept a deal that falls short of transformative changes, it will weaken our union and our profession. SAG-AFTRA would enter the next negotiation with significantly less bargaining power,” the letter states.
In May, the Writers Guild of America went on strike after failing to reach an agreement with the studios.