Crunchyroll could fire voice actor for unionization

American voice actor Kyle McCarley he revealed in a video on his YouTube channel that he may not reprise his lead role Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama in the upcoming English dub of the third season of Mob psycho 100 as Crunchyroll that the company is not fulfilling your request with representatives of the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) to negotiate a possible contract for future productions.

The platform apparently confirmed this information in a one-sided statement, which wrote:

  • Crunchyroll is excited to bring the Mob Psycho 100 Season 3 dub as SimulDub worldwide on the same day and date as the Japanese broadcast. We will be producing the English dub at our production studios in Dallas, and in order to do this smoothly, according to our production and casting guidelines, we will need to recast some roles. We are delighted that fans are enjoying the new announcers and a big thank you to the outgoing cast members for their contributions in previous seasons.

On the other hand, in his video, Kyle said: «It is very clear to me that in the case of the third season of Mob Psycho 100, Crunchyroll is not going to produce that series under the SAG-AFTRA agreement.». McCarley is a member of the union SAG-AFTRA and is part of it SAG-AFTRA Dubbing Steering Committee and doesn’t usually work on non-synthetic dubs.

Despite this, McCarley faced Crunchyroll with the offer that he would work non-union this season on condition that Crunchyroll to negotiate a possible contract in future productions with the SAG-AFTRA. When his video was released, Crunchyroll did not honor this offer. McCarley concluded that he might not, at least, return to the series unless things change.

«I just want to add this little note here to be very clear: It’s not about the money. Crunchyroll was willing to pay me at least what I would get on a union scale contract, maybe more, they don’t want to put him on a union contract“, he followed.

Finally, he commented on the unions via his official Twitter account:

  • Unions primarily protect the workers they represent by giving them collective bargaining power, which means that the union negotiates basic minimums for everyone instead of negotiating the conditions of their employment individually, one by one. This tends to result in better conditions for all workers, as they influence these negotiations as a group. How much is paid, how many hours are worked, how hard those hours are, how often breaks or time off are taken, what safety precautions are taken, etc.
  • An example of how SAG-AFTRA helps broadcasters, in particular, is by negotiating terms that protect us from speech-stressed work. We often have to call a lot at work, but our contracts ensure it won’t be that long. Our union has gone to great lengths to educate ourselves and our employers about the dangers of working with vocal stress. And there are many other benefits, but the most important ones I want to point out are the health insurance and the retirement fund.

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