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DGA Members Ratify Commercial Contract

New three-year agreement begins Dec. 1 11/29/2017 7:26 PM Eastern

The Directors Guild of America rank and file have "overwhelmingly" ratified a new commercial contract, DGA said Wednesday (Nov. 29).

The contract is with the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), whose members "account for 85% of all domestic commercials aired nationally, whether produced for traditional broadcast channels or non-traditional use," says AICP.

A tentative agreement was struck earlier this month.

The DGA National Board has already approved the contract.

Highlights include:

1) a 2.5% wage increase in the first year, and 3% bumps in each of the second and third years.

2) a permanent increase in employer contribution rate to the pension plan--.5% in the first year from 5.5% to 6%.

3) Mandatory training for assistant directors and unit production managers.

AICP has committed to continue to develop the director diversity program.

Negotiations began in August. The contract covers a three-year period from Dec. 1, 2017 to Nov. 30, 2020.

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