SAG, AFTRA Members Approve New Contracts

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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 returned.

The new contract will cover the span from July 1, 2011 to June. 30, 2014.

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