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AFTRA in dispute with its business reps

Representatives are members of Teamsters Local 399

With actors unions heading into negotiations next week, the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists is in the midst of a dispute with its own business representatives.

AFTRA had no comment about its negotations with 11 business representatives, who are members of the Intl. Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 399.

The unit took the unusual step of issuing an announcement Tuesday, noting that the reps have been working under an expired contract since Sept. 5 and have been facing an increased work load.

“In addition to contract administration, claims resolution, negotiating agreements, and providing on-set outreach to AFTRA members, the 11 business representatives service approximately 37,000 members of the Los Angeles local,” the Teamsters said. “Recent years have seen a tremendous shift in scripted programming covered under AFTRA, culminating with 90% of the last two season’s freshman broadcast television series being produced under the AFTRA Exhibit A contract.”

AFTRA’s offering salary hikes of 2% in the first year and 2.5% in the next two years while the reps are seeking 4% increases in each year.

The Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA are launch their talks on the primetime-feature contract Monday. SAG recently reached a deal with its business reps on a new deal with 2% hikes in each year.

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