After a union-wide vote, SAG-AFTRA has determined that they are officially authorized to stick it to The Man.
The vote which closed three days ago resulted in an overwhelming 96.52% of union-affiliated video game voice actors voting in favor of going on strike to protest their unfavorable working conditions (the 3.48% in opposition have been identified as spies planted by evil executives at Activision and Electronic Arts to sabotage the operation).
While this still does not technically guarantee a strike, it does surpass the 75% threshold needed by the National Board to authorize it. This will undoubtedly provide leverage for SAG-AFTRA in their negotiations with major publishers to obtain residual payments for voice actors and stunt pay, as flawlessly covered in last week’s masterfully-written article composed by yours truly.
Voice acting stars such as Jennifer Hale (Cinderella in Cinderella II: Dreams Come True), Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Wesley Crusher), and David Hayter (Metal Gear Solid’s Solid Snake, Naked Snake, Old Snake, Garden Rake, Shake n’ Bake) have all showed their support for the strike since SAG-AFTRA negotiations first commenced. While a strike could help voice actors in the long run, it would undoubtedly interfere with the release of Disposed, a recent indie project in which David Hayter was scheduled to voice an embittered Garbage Disposal, hell-bent on avenging his vegetable friends.
So what do you think, fair reader? Do you celebrate hand in hand with these crafty voice actors or do you sympathize with the poor publishers, strong armed into spending more money just to treat their employees well? Let us know in the comments section below! And don’t forget to stop by Top Shelf Gaming for brand new articles every week!
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