By more than a three-quarters vote, Screen Actors Guild members have ratified a two-year TV-theatrical contract, almost a year after their contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers expired.
The two-year successor agreement, covering film and digital television programs, motion pictures and new media productions, became effective at 12:01 a.m. June 10 and expires June 30, 2011. The old contract ended June 30, 2008.
SAG officials said the contracts provide more than $105 million in wages, increased pension contributions, and other gains and establishes a template for guild coverage of new media formats.
The SAG members ratified the deal by a 78% to 22% count. Approximately 110,000 SAG members received ballots of which 35.3% were returned. By district, SAG's Hollywood Division voted 70.7% for to 29.3% against. In the New York Division, the vote count was 85.7% for versus 14.3% against, while the Regional Branch Division, the voted 89.1 for to 10.9% against.
In what is largely the same deal that was offered last year, SAG's pact encompasses a 3.5% annual hike in the first year, comprising a 3% salary increase, plus a 0.5% gain in pension and health contributions; and a 3.5% salary gain in the second.
Despite the accord, SAG president Alan Rosenberg issued another battle cry in his statement announcing the vote: "The membership has spoken and has decided to work under the terms of this contract that many of us, who have been involved in these negotiations from the beginning, believe to be devastatingly unsatisfactory. Tomorrow morning, I will be contacting the elected leadership of the other talent unions with the hope of beginning a series of pre-negotiation summit meetings in preparation for 2011. I call upon all SAG members to begin to ready themselves for the battle ahead."