AFTRA and Non-Broadcast Producers Extend Contract
Agreement Provides Rate and Benefit Increases
LOS ANGELES (April 30, 2008) — The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and representatives for producers of non-broadcast, educational, and industrial material reached an agreement for an 18-month extension to the contract that covers performers rendering on-camera and voiceover 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.
“AFTRA members are pleased that this agreement was reached 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 different from traditional media,” said AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon. “This is a bread-and-butter contract for members in AFTRA locals across the country, and it is critical that this work continue without interruption.”
Chief negotiator for the industry Lee Gluckman said, "We are pleased that we could come to a mutually agreeable contract extension that continues to allow all types of media to grow for the benefit of the industry and performers alike."
The deal includes a 3-percent general rate increase and a one-half percent increase in the contribution rates into the union’s health and retirement funds equaling the commercials contract rate of 14.8 percent.
The AFTRA National Administrative Committee ratified the contract extension to the 2005-2008 AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Non-Broadcast/Industrial/Educational Recorded Material on April 23.
The 18-month extended pact becomes effective on May 1, 2008, when the current contract expires, and remains in full force until midnight on October 31, 2009.
The Screen Actors Guild reached a similar agreement to extend the 2005 Producers-Screen Actors Guild Codified Industrial and Educational Contract.
The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, AFL-CIO, is a national labor union of over 70,000 actors, singers and recording artists, dancers, announcers and other broadcast talent performers, journalists, and other artists working in the entertainment and news media. With more than 30 local chapters across the country, AFTRA promotes the success and welfare of members in a variety of ways, including contract negotiation and enforcement, advocating on legislative and public policy issues, supporting equal employment opportunities, and sponsoring or supporting health and retirement benefits and programs. For more information, visit http://www.aftra.com.