Hollywood actors on Monday voted overwhelmingly to strike if their contract negotiations with major studios and production companies failed. Nearly 65,000 members of SAG AFTRA– Hollywood’s largest labor union – voted on the issue, with 97.91% of the vote cast in favor of the strike. “Well done SAG-AFTRA. We’re here to earn it,” union president Fran Drescher said in a statement after the vote. The actors are currently negotiating to receive better pay and protections against the use of their images. by artificial intelligence (AI) without their permission. Strike action could now be launched if they do not agree on a new deal by June 30, when their current deal expires. The actors’ decision to approve industrial action comes a month after thousands of TV and film writers in the Writers Guild of America (WGA) went on strike to demand higher wages, residuals and staffing requirements.

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