Pact brings rate increases for performers
Leaders of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists have approved a new six-year deal covering work at Nickelodeon.AFTRA’s national board made the move at its two-day plenary meeting prior to its national convention starting on Thursday in Philadelphia. “Over the last 17 years, AFTRA members have taken Nickelodeon from being a non-union network to one with almost full coverage by AFTRA contracts with strong union standards for all performers,” said AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon. “This agreement is a tremendous step forward.” AFTRA said the new agreement brings “substantial” rate increases for performers and expands programs covered under the contract to include all dramatic and comedy variety shows. It also lifts the employer contribution to the AFTRA Health and Retirement Funds from 11% to between 14.3% and 14.8%. And the the pact establishes replay payments for use of programming on the Internet and other electronic media.