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SAG and AFTRA Jointly Extend Industrial/Educational Deals

Previously at odds, guilds continue to strike a cooperative tone.

Playing together nicely these days, SAG and AFTRA jointly announced Thursday 18-month extensions to their respective recorded industrial and educational contracts.

The agreements, which cover performers working in such endeavors as educational and training videos, were set to expire Oct. 29 but will now be extended through April, 2011.

The two guilds also announced 0.5 percent employer contribution increases to their respective health and pension plans.

“This extension will keep our members working, increase their opportunities to qualify for health and retirement benefits and will permit our unions the opportunity to organize more work for more members under this contract,” said AFTRA national president Roberta Reardon.

Added her newly elected SAG counterpart, Ken Howard: “The successful extension of the Industrial and Educational Contract directly reflects the continued importance of joint bargaining and allows our members to continue to work under a fair contract for the next year and a half, and with a bump to their pension and health.”