Oct 27 (Reuters) – The SAG-AFTRA performers union announced in a post on social media platform
Negotiators from the Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), a group representing Walt Disney Co. (DIS.N), Netflix (NFLX.O) and other major media companies, will meet again on Friday. The Actors Guild announced.
Ahead of Friday’s talks, a group of SAG-AFTRA union members released an open letter to union leadership, urging bargaining committees to continue fighting for improved compensation, royalties and workplace protections.
“We did not come here to surrender now,” wrote a group calling itself Members in Solidarity. “We did not walk the picket line for months without work or pay just to give up everything we had fought for.”
The actors union’s latest counterproposal on Thursday comes as media companies and the union representing America’s striking actors returned to the bargaining table on Tuesday.
Earlier this month, negotiations between Hollywood studios and SAG-AFTRA were suspended as the two sides clashed over streaming revenue, the use of artificial intelligence and other issues at the heart of the three-month work stoppage.
Members of SAG-AFTRA, which represents 160,000 actors and other media professionals, have been on strike since July. The construction disruption has disrupted next year’s film production schedule and delayed the return of prime-time TV comedies and dramas. It has also been difficult for crew members who have been out of work for months.
Reporting by Gursimran Kaur in Bengaluru and Dawn Chmielewski in Los Angeles.Editing: Clarence Fernandez, Jonathan Ortiz
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