“Gearbox’s reference to Texas law is a
non-sequitur,” the statement reads. “SAG-AFTRA’s contract does not require
Gearbox to deny anyone employment based on their union status. In fact,
SAG-AFTRA’s contract does not require employers in any state to deny anyone
employment based on union status.
“We are fully aware of the anti-labor, right-to-work-for-less laws that help
explain why Texas has more minimum-wage workers than any state in the Union.
Employers in Texas and other right-to-work-for-less states nevertheless
routinely work under SAG-AFTRA agreements with no legal obstacle at all. To the
extent that Gearbox’s statement reflects legitimate ignorance, Gearbox could
easily have asked that question during their discussions with SAG-AFTRA, which
they did not.
“If indeed Gearbox meets or exceeds our contract standards in their treatment of
performers, which we highly doubt, it would have cost them nothing to sign the
union’s agreement and retain the original cast of their game. While SAG-AFTRA
does not comment on member discipline matters, we observe that SAG-AFTRA members
who work for certain non-union employers not only deprive themselves of the
benefits of a union agreement, they lower the standards for all their peers and
facilitate the abuse and exploitation of performers.”