DGA Reaches Tentative Agreement on New Commercials Contract

The new deal covers a three-year term from Dec. 1 to Nov. 30, 2020

The Directors Guild of America has reached a tentative agreement with the Association of Independent Commercial Producers on a new commercial contract.

The new deal covers a three-year term from Dec. 1 of this year through Nov. 30, 2020. The agreement includes a wage increases of 2.5 percent in the first year of the contract, and a 3 percent increase in both the second and third years.

Moreover, the agreement also includes a permanent increase in the employer contribution rate to the DGA’s Pension Plan by .5 percent, as well as the establishment of mandatory safety training for assistant directors and unit production managers.

The new national commercial contract will be sent to the members for ratification. Other highlights include increases in the base upon which pensions and health contributions are made, and a commitment by the Association of Independent Commercial Producers to further develop the Director Diversity Program, which was established in the 2014 negotiations.

Negotiations took place between August and October of this year, and the DGA’s National Board voted unanimously on Saturday to approve the agreement.

“In the face of a rapidly changing advertising industry, our Commercial Negotiations Committee achieved a solid agreement securing significant benefits for our members working in commercials,” said DGA President Thomas Schlamme. “This contract will grow this area of work for years to come.”

Associate National Executive Director Bryan Unger added, “Throughout the process, we were focused on working with the AICP to find practical solutions to challenges on both sides, and it paid off. We are pleased that the new agreement will keep our members working, securing their retirement benefits and important wage gains – while also allowing producers the flexibility they need to keep this global industry thriving.”