After a historic vote in favor of a motion to strike from the 160,000 members of SAG-AFTRA, its Board of Directors and its Negotiation Committee, the strike went into effect at 12:01 a.m. July 14. In a press conference the day before, SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher made an impassioned speech about the refusal of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMTPT) to negotiate on the terms set out by SAG-AFTRA and the WGA. "I went in in earnest, thinking that we would be able to avert a strike," she explained. "The gravity of this move is not lost on me or our negotiating committee, or our board members, who have voted unanimously to proceed with a strike. I am shocked by the way the people that we have been in business with are treating us. How they plead poverty, that they're losing money left and right when giving hundreds of millions of dollars to their CEOs. It is disgusting. Shame on them. They stand on the wrong side of history."
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