Deal was ratified on Aug. 10

Employees of the master control operations unit of Fox Sports Intl. have ratified their first collective bargaining agreement, the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees has announced.

Deal was ratified with Fox Sports Intl. on Aug. 10. Contract is the first for the 50-member unit, organized by IATSE in October.

Term of the agreement runs retroactively from June 1 to May 31, 2008. IATSE said the deal includes substantial increases in wages and improved working conditions as well as new benefit provisions for daily hires, and maintained health and pension benefits for staff employees.

Contract was negotiated by IATSE Intl. veep Michael F. Miller Jr. and special representative Ronald G. Kutak.

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