SAG-AFTRA has officially ended their 118-day strike after reaching a tentative agreement with Hollywood executives. Many films and shows were not able to be marketed or publicly discussed by those in the union, and the picket lines never stopped during this period of demanding for the bare minimum by studios.
“It was a team effort, and all negotiations — to be successful — require deep communication, both within your own side and also with the other side of the table,” said SAG-AFTRA national executive director and chief negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland.
“It's certainly not perfect for anybody. Any good negotiation, both parties come out of it feeling like they didn't get everything they wanted. But I think we did get everything we needed and then some. And I think that is going to be the legacy of this negotiation.”
Negotiations also hadn't happened just once, and yesterday, the notice that that was occurring again came with more skepticism than hope, but it did end up successful. Now, the deal has to be approved by SAG-AFTRA members in an unanimous vote, making the contract completely official. Those that did not follow the strike's rules in order to remain in the union or to be considered are definitely still remembered, but not much has been clarified on how that will be approached just yet.
“There's only a handful of actors that get to go back to work when all of this is over,” Strike Captain Elyssa Phillips said Wednesday while cooking dinner in between a stint on the picket lines and her next shift waiting tables.
“Everyone just goes back to auditioning and back to their normal lives. The people who wait tables will still be waiting tables. They just may have auditions after work. But I've never been so excited to audition in my entire life.”