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SAG-AFTRA Calls on Studios to Resume Negotiations as WGA Prepares for AMPTP Meeting on Friday

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New York NY USA-July 14, 2023 Members of SAG-AFTRA and other union supporters picket outside the HBOAmazon offices in the Hudson Yards neighborhood in New York (rblfmr/shutterstock.com)
New York NY USA-July 14, 2023 Members of SAG-AFTRA and other union supporters picket outside the HBOAmazon offices in the Hudson Yards neighborhood in New York (rblfmr/shutterstock.com)

Following yesterday's positive news about the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television (AMPTP) and the Writers Guild of America (WGA) planning to resume talks on Friday, SAG-AFTRA's Duncan Crabtree- reveals that the producers have yet to respond to the ' union.

According to Crabtree-Ireland, the AMPTP conveyed on July 12 that they would not be open to continuing negotiations for an extended period. Since then, SAG-AFTRA has been waiting for communication from them.

Meanwhile, for the AMPTP and WGA, Friday's meeting will be the first since the strike began on May 2.

In response to the situation, Crabtree-Ireland emphasizes SAG-AFTRA's readiness to return to the bargaining table anytime. He stresses that dialogue is the only way to end the strike and urges both parties to resume negotiations promptly to revive the industry.

SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher expressed the guild's determination to persist until they reach a favorable agreement for all members, stating they have financially prepared for the next six months and are fully committed to their cause.

The WGA also informed its members about the upcoming meeting with the AMPTP and promised to share updates afterward, cautioning against relying on . They reaffirmed their commitment to keep members informed directly.

During a recent Today Show , Drescher testified at a public committee hearing in New York City, emphasizing the importance of actors and writers in the streaming-era and television industry. She urged that SAG-AFTRA and WGA members deserve a fair share of the studios' streaming subscription income. Both the New York City Council and the Los Angeles City Council have passed resolutions in support of the WGA, signifying solidarity with unionized labor.

Regarding the possibility of SAG-AFTRA forming breakout committees with the AMPTP to discuss topics like AI and residuals, Crabtree-Ireland clarified that such discussions are not part of their current negotiations. However, the AMPTP engages in such bargaining in other cases.

The WGA Strike has reached its 93rd day, while SAG-AFTRA has been picketing for 20 days to pursue a favorable agreement with the producers.

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