SAG gets back to biz

Field reps nab first 3-year pact with guild

HOLLYWOOD — The Screen Actors Guild’s business reps, who previously had threatened to strike, have agreed to a three-year deal in their first contract.

The four dozen reps, who work out of SAG’s Hollywood headquarters, voted overwhelmingly late Monday to accept the agreement, according to spokesman Paul Bales.

Negotiators met last week in talks overseen by federal mediator Joe Medine after the business representatives, affiliated with the Teamsters as Local 986, rejected a guild offer and warned that they would strike if a mediator were not added to the talks.

Bales said the pact, which is retroactive to June 1, hikes wages 10% in the first year and 3.5% in each of the following years. Additionally, the second- and third-year jumps will be augmented by cost-of-living increases.

The reps, citing inadequate pay, said salary issues were the key items in the talks.

The contract also includes the addition of a floating holiday, flexible work scheduling and increases in auto expenses for field reps.

“We think this is one of the best contracts we’ve ever seen,” Bales said. “We are extremely pleased with the help we got from the Teamsters. We also give credit to the new administration at SAG and SAG members who made calls of support.”

The business reps enforce contracts, visit sets, file claims and sign new producers. They first asked for a mediator in July after the first two meetings at the bargaining table, but SAG refused.

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