After SAG-AFTRA’s monthslong strike ended with a tentative deal in November, the results of a ratification vote are expected Tuesday. Some union members have criticized parts of the deal and foresee a close outcome.
A new three-year labor deal between Hollywood’s actors and its film and TV studios could be made official within days, but not without vocal criticism that has stoked expectations for a close ratification vote.
Members of the SAG-AFTRA union, which represents more than 150,000 film and television performers, have been voting on the tentative deal over the last several weeks, with balloting set to end Tuesday.
The 129-page agreement was made fully public just after Thanksgiving — the culmination of a historic 118-day strike that brought Hollywood to a virtual standstill earlier this year, snarling productions of everything from blockbuster movies to network series and streaming shows.
The Writers Guild of America (WGA), which represents Hollywood screenwriters, overwhelmingly ratified its deal in October after a 148-day strike. The Directors Guild of America resoundingly approved its contract in June without striking.
The two other unions made similar demands as SAG-AFTRA, including stricter rules limiting the use of artificial intelligence in media productions, higher base compensation and a bigger cut of streaming profits. Until this year, WGA and SAG-AFTRA hadn’t held simultaneous strikes since 1960.