has a statement from Gearbox Software to actor Troy
about not performing in Borderlands 3
because of the
game's use of non-union talent. Gearbox notes that Texas' right-to-work laws are
behind their hiring for the game. They also have a statement on the matter from
SAG-AFTRA, the union in question. We start with the SAG-AFTRA proclamation:
“We applaud any member who stands up for workplace fairness and the
integrity of their creative work. It is a courageous decision to act in the best
interests of one’s fellow SAG-AFTRA members and this honors all working people.
The misguided decision by Gearbox to deny their performers the opportunity to
have fair union wages, a safe workplace and the possibility of health care
coverage for their families, is unfortunate.
We attempted to sign Gearbox to a union agreement. They refused and disengaged
from those talks.
We look forward to hearing from any Gearbox performer who is interested in the
many protections a union agreement offers actors.”
Here's the statement
Gearbox provided to Kotaku:
Troy is an exceptional talent and we were
disappointed that he declined to partner on Borderlands 3 after being offered
the part. We wish him the best and hope he knows the offer to collaborate with
him still stands. Gearbox is a Texas company and is bound by Texas law – which
means that a person cannot be denied employment because of membership or
non-membership in a labor union or other labor organization. As a talent-owned
and talent-led organization, Gearbox enthusiastically works to ensure our pay
and working conditions meet or exceed union standards. We also believe strongly
in hiring local voice actors whenever we can which is why we’re thrilled Troy’s
career really took off after working with us.