The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA, AFL-CIO) and Screen Actors Guild and have reached a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) on successor agreements to the Exhibit A of the AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting (covering scripted network primetime and pay television programs), The CW Supplement and the Producers-Screen Actors Guild Codified Basic Agreement for feature motion pictures, scripted network primetime television and pay television programs.
The new three-year agreement is subject to approval by the Joint National Board of AFTRA and Screen Actors Guild, and ratification by the unions’ memberships. The current contracts expire on June 30, 2011, and the new three-year agreement will be effective from July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2014.
Highlights of the new tentative agreement include:
- The term of the agreement is 3 years commencing July 1, 2011
- A 6% wage increase over the term of the agreement with 2% in each of the three years, effective July 1, 2011, 2012 and 2013
- A 10% increase in the current rate of employer contributions paid to the AFTRA Health & Retirement Funds and Screen Actors Guild Pension & Health Plans, bringing the total contribution rate to 16.5% effective July 1, 2011. This represents the largest dollar value increase to the plans, under these contracts, since the plans were founded and is the largest percentage increase to the plans in more than two decades
- Two additional background positions in theatrical and one additional background position in television in the Western Zones
- An expansion of major role provisions to apply to new pay television series commencing in their second season
- Expand ed union coverage over made for new media productions
- Increases in the area of money and schedule breaks
- Improved contract language to increase equal employment opportunities for union performers.
The unions also agreed to modifications in the travel provisions of the contracts.
AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon said, “I am extremely pleased we met our goal of increasing contributions to our retirement and pension plans, and that we successfully completed this negotiation now to protect the needs of performers early in the process. I applaud AFTRA Chief Negotiator Kim Roberts Hedgpeth, and I thank Screen Actors Guild Co-Chair President Howard for his strong and supportive leadership. Our joint negotiating committee worked together seamlessly and in solidarity, and I am very proud of their work.”
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