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Canadian Performers Union Backs Video-Game Strike

December 2, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Toronto, CA – The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists, Canada’s leading performers’ union, has endorsed SAG-AFTRA’s strike against video-game companies.

“All of ACTRA’s 23,000 members from across Canada stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers at SAG-AFTRA as they take job action until they can negotiate a reasonable deal for their Interactive Media Agreement,” union President Ferne Downey said in a statement Nov. 22. “We at ACTRA will refuse any struck work until a settlement is reached.” Video-game workers who do narration, stunts, and vocal parts such as death screams have been on strike for more than a month against 11 companies, including Insomniac Games, Warner Bros., Electronic Arts, and Activision Publishing, in a dispute over residuals and the actors’ right to know what game they’re working on. Read more

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