AFTRA still is talks for sound deal

Current contract expired over weekend

Negotiators for the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists are continuing talks in New York even as the union’s current sound recording deal expired over the weekend.

The contract, whose terms and conditions remain in effect, generates annual earnings of about $150 million for 15,000 AFTRA members and covers performances by singers, music groups, narrators, choruses, actors and Broadway casts.

AFTRA, which has more than 1,200 signatories to the pact, agreed last year to a one-year extension of the current deal to allow time to work through issues including wages, benefits and the impact of new technologies.

That deal was hammered out in 2003, more than a year after the previous contract had expired and provided for an expension of guaranteed health coverage to artists with individual exclusive recording contracts.

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