SAG-AFTRA's National Board Approves Proposed Contract, Sends to Membership

SAG-AFTRA's National Board Approves Proposed Contract, Sends to Membership

The union's leadership OKs the three-year primetime TV and movies deal with Hollywood producers

SAG-AFTRA's national board late Saturday approved the union's new primetime TV and movie contract with Hollywood producers.

The proposed three-year deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers now goes to the performers union's 165,000 members for ratification. The tentative agreement was reached after nearly two months of negotiations, and three 24-hour extensions of the contract expiration.

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The agreement follows deals between Hollywood's producers and the unions representing directors and writers, so if SAG-AFTRA's membership approves the new pact, all of the industry's creative unions will be under contract through 2017.

The proposed contract unifies the formerly separate Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists TV contracts, and includes the first industry-wide agreement in basic cable live-action production.

The wages and pension contributions are in line with earlier deals that the AMPTP negotiated with the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America, and call for a 2.5 percent wage gain in the first year, followed by 3 percent annual wage increases in the next two years and a 0.5% increase in the contribution to the pension fund.