AFTRA, SAG and Non-Broadcast Producers
Reach Tentative Agreement on Successor Pacts
Deal Provides for Staggered Rate and Benefit Increases
New York/Los Angeles, April 22, 2005—The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and representatives for producers of non-broadcast, educational and industrial material have reached a tentative deal on successor agreements to the 2002-2005 AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Non-Broadcast/Industrial/Educational Recorded Material and the Producers-Screen Actors Guild 2002 Codified Industrial and Educational Contract, yesterday, in New York City. These contracts cover performers rendering on-camera and voice-over services in sales programs, educational and training videos, informational and promotional messages heard over the telephone or in stores and other projects that are exhibited outside of the traditional broadcast arena. The tentative deal includes an immediate one percent (1%) increase in the contribution rates into the unions’ benefit funds and a four percent (4%) rate increase halfway through its term.
The tentative agreements will be submitted for ratification to the AFTRA National Board of Directors on April 30, 2005, and to the SAG National Executive Committee on May 4, 2005.
If ratified, the new three-year pacts will become effective on May 1, 2005, when the current contracts expire, and will remain in full force until midnight on April 30, 2008.
AFTRA Negotiating Committee Chair Roberta Reardon and SAG Negotiating Committee Chair Paul Napier noted: “We are gratified that this deal was made in a fair and expeditious manner. It is an ongoing challenge to balance the needs of working performers and the reality of this industry, which operates under a business model that is different from our traditional bargaining partners. We made advances in critical areas such as wages and benefits and we did so quickly. This is a bread and butter contract for our locals and branches across the country and it was critical that this work continued to be covered without interruption.”
The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists -- affiliated with the AFL-CIO -- is a diverse national union representing nearly 80,000 professional performers, broadcasters and recording artists in 32 Locals throughout the country. AFTRA members work as actors, broadcast journalists, dancers, singers, announcers, hosts, comedians and disc jockeys in all aspects of the media industries including television and radio, sound recordings, commercials, industrial non-broadcast, interactive games and the Internet. Visit AFTRA online at www.aftra.com.
Screen Actors Guild is the nation’s largest labor union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has a rich history in the American labor movement, from standing up to studios to break long-term engagement contracts in the 1940s to fighting for artists’ rights amid the digital revolution sweeping the entertainment industry in the 21st century. With 20 branches nationwide, SAG represents nearly 120,000 working actors in film, television, industrials, commercials and music videos. The Guild exists to enhance actors’ working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists’ rights. SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO. Headquartered in Los Angeles, you can visit SAG online at www.sag.org.
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