Post-production editors at “Saturday Night Live” have reached a tentative agreement with NBC ahead of the previously announced strike date of April 1, a source close to the show told TheWrap on Friday.
If the crew of 12 to 20 editors ratifies the deal, they will see immediate pay boosts and better healthcare benefits, as well as bonuses and accommodations for meals, transportation and hotels.
Last week, the Motion Picture Editors announced the post-production editorial team at “SNL” was planning to strike at the beginning of next month, after the union failed to reach an agreement with NBCUniversal.
Last fall, approximately 20 post-production editors unionized with the Editors Guild, which is also known as IATSE Local 700. The union sent over a contract to NBC Universal in December and a month later NBCU responded, but the Editors Guild said that the counterproposal was not sufficient.
The Editors Guild cited low pay for its workers and said the wages are “far below industry standards” in a series of tweets on March 9. “Assistant Editors receive just a fraction of what their counterparts on union shows earn,” the guild noted, asking that management “show [the] post crew the respect they deserve.”
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