Actors union announces tentative deal with studios, end of 4-month strike

November 9, 2023
Ryan Ledendecker

The Hollywood actor's strike appears to be at an end after a nearly four-month strike. 

According to the Washington Examiner, the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists was able to secure a tentative deal with several major studios on Wednesday.

The deal will still need to be ratified by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers with a majority vote among SAG-AFTRA union members.

The tentative deal centered around higher pay for actors and better health benefits and pensions.

Statement released

The union released a statement explaining the news, and said the strike will formally end as of Nov. 9.

"In a unanimous vote this afternoon, the SAG-AFTRA TV/Theatrical Committee approved a tentative agreement with the AMPTP bringing an end to the 118 day strike,” the union said, according to reports. "The strike officially ends at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, November 9."

The Examiner noted:

The tentative contract, if ratified, will increase minimum pay for actors, as well as increase the union members' health and pension plans. It will also bolster residual payments for shows that are streamed online and set new rules for how artificial intelligence is used.

"Effective immediately, all SAG-AFTRA members should fulfill their contractual obligations and return to work," SAG-AFTRA posted to X, formerly known as Twitter.

Throughout the strike, which most working-class Americans weren't concerned about, actors were able to "appear on talk shows, variety programs, and televised competitions."

A-listers react

Several high-profile actors celebrated the end of the strike on social media, including Kevin Bacon, who uploaded a video doing his "Footloose" dance routine.

Other actors gathered at their local watering holes to celebrate the end of the strike, with videos of the gatherings uploaded across social media.

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