SAG, AFTRA Mail Out Ballots

Members to vote on new commercials deal.

Last Updated: May 1, 2009 @ 2:42 PM

SAG and AFTRA mailed out ratification ballots Thursday in an attempt to try to persuade around 150,000 members to approve a new commercials deal.

 

"We believe this is a good and fair contract and we urge you to vote yes," SAG president Alan Rosenberg and AFTRA president Roberta Reardon said in the letter.

 

There has been little opposition thus far to the commercials deal, which has been backed by both the joint negotiating committee and the joint boards of the two unions, according to Variety.

 

The deal would include a $36 million pay increase in the first year of the contract and a $24 million hike in pension and health contribution over the deal’s three years.

 

Ballots are due back by May 21.