Back in July, SAG-AFTRA (the union that represents screen actors) joined their fellow writers on strike against the AMPTP. However, almost exactly four months later, the strike is over! This strike has been the longest one in SAG-AFTRA history.
Less than two months ago the WGA strike ended, leaving the actors even more determined to get their own deal. Just as the actors stood in solidarity, the writers have taken to staying out on the lines with the actors up until a few days ago when the strike was officially called. The Negotiating Committee put out a statement thanking the unions saying “We stand together in solidarity and will be there for you when you need us.”
One of the biggest issues for the actors was that being an actor was becoming a career that did not provide enough stability to solely rely on it. Actors would have to work multiple jobs on top of the unconventional hours they had from filming. Also in the statement, the committee states that they ensured a contract that “will enable SAG-AFTRA members from every category to build sustainable careers.”
Now that the strike is over, actors who have not been allowed to talk about their movies that have been released have taken to social media to post “photo dumps” and behind the scenes footage from their time on set. The gratefulness that has been expressed by every actor for both their union and the support for their movie has definitely been a sight.
As for upcoming movies, the actors are allowed to promote it just as they normally would as well as attend movie premieres and interviews. The Hollywood that everyone has witnessed for the past half year will slowly, but surely, go back to being the Hollywood that all are familiar with.
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