Friday, August 22, 2014

SAG-AFTRA Ratification

A lopsided result.

The rank and file [of the the newly-combined Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA] has voted overwhelmingly to approve the new, three-year contracts covering movie, primetime and basic cable TV production. The balloting was a lopsided 92%-8%. The deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers was hammered out in the wee hours of the Fourth of July after two months of tough bargaining amid a media blackout and three 24-hour extensions after the June 30 deadline. The national board approved it eight days later. ...

The new contracts — which take effect retroactive to July 1 and run through June 30, 2017 — include:

· Gains of $200 million in wages;
· An 8.5-percent wage increase compounding to 8.7 percent; 2.5 percent in the first year, 3 percent in the second year and 3 percent in the third year;
· Advances in Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) coverage, including a brand-new residual for on-demand viewing;
· Reduction of unpaid online streaming windows for most shows; and
· An increased contribution rate percentage to our benefits plans and a mechanism to facilitate the merger of the health plans.

The IATSE -- our mother international -- will negotiate its own there-year contract next Spring. TAG will plunge in soon after. Both of the deals will likely be similar to what SAG-AFTRA, WGA, and DGA have negotiated.

It's called pattern bargaining.


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