SAG, AFTRA Members Approve New Contracts

The membership of the Screen Actors Guild and the American
Federation of Television and Radio Artists has voted overwhelmingly to approve new
three-year contracts covering TV and theatrical productions.

The new contracts boost base pay rates and contributions to
benefit plans. Union negotiators had reached the tentative deal Nov. 7 and
recommended it to the membership, with that deal coming only six weeks after
talks with the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers began on
Sept. 27.

According to the new contract, SAG and AFTRA members get
a 6% pay increase, 2% in each year of the contract, as well as a 10%
increase in employer contributions to the pension and health plans.

The contract also expands coverage of new media production.

SAG and AFTRA collectively voted 93.52% in favor, 6.48%
opposed, though only about 25% of the more than 137,000 ballots mailed out were

The new contract goes from Jul. 1, 2011 to Jun. 30, 2014.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.