AFTRA and Television Networks and
Producers Reach Tentative Agreement
New York, NY, October 30, 2004 - The
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists ("AFTRA") and
the television networks and other major producers have reached a
tentative agreement on a successor agreement to the 2001 Network
Television Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting
("the Network Code"). This major AFTRA contract covers performers
on daytime serials, sports, game and talk shows, syndicated programs,
and other AFTRA TV shows, with the exception of prime time dramatic
programs, for which the terms will be negotiated jointly with the
Screen Actors Guild this winter.
If ratified, the new three-year pact will become effective on November 16,
2004, when the current contract expires, and will remain in full force until
midnight on November 15, 2007. AFTRA and industry negotiators reached
agreement at 11:50 pm on Friday, October 29 after three weeks of bargaining
in New York.
Consistent with deals achieved by other Industry unions, the proposed contract
includes significant increases in employer contributions to the AFTRA Health
and Retirement Plans. Specific details of the agreement remain confidential.
The tentative agreement will be submitted to AFTRA's National Board on November
20, 2004, and is also subject to ratification by the AFTRA membership.
The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists -- affiliated
with the AFL-CIO -- is a diverse union
representing nearly 80,000 professional broadcasters and performers nationwide
working in news and entertainment programming on television and radio as well
as in the sound recording industry, commercials and industrial work, and newer
technologies such as interactive games, Internet production and CD ROMs.
Contact: Rebecca Rhine