The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada fully supports SAG-AFTRA in its ongoing negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The AFM represents the musicians that create the scores for motion picture and theatrical television as well as all aspects of live and recorded music.
The two sides have been at an impasse for several weeks. SAG-AFTRA is seeking significant increases in wages, health care benefits, and residuals. AMPTP has a long history of refusing to compensate workers fairly. They have fought against unionization, resisted efforts to increase wages, and refused to provide adequate health care and pension benefits. The AMPTP has offered some concessions, but SAG-AFTRA says the offers are not enough.
SAG-AFTRA is fighting for the future of the entertainment industry, which they believe can only thrive if it is built on a foundation of fairness and equity. The current contract expires on July 12, 2023.
On June 5, SAG-AFTRA members voted 97.91% in favor of a strike authorization ahead of negotiations of the TV/Theatrical Contracts. The strike authorization vote was initiated on the unanimous recommendation of the SAG-AFTRA TV/Theatrical negotiating committee and National Board.