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Date set for SAG, AFTRA contract meeting

Boards will gather Dec. 4 to vote on 3-year deal

Hollywood’s performers unions have set Dec. 4 for a joint meeting to approve a three-year master contract for film and primetime TV.

Should the joint boards approve the deal, it will trigger a ratification vote for members that would probably take three weeks.

SAG and AFTRA had no comment. Board members of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists received notice of the meeting Saturday.

Tentative agreement was reached a week ago after six weeks of below-the-radar talks. Deal, achieved nearly eight months prior to the June 30 expiration of the current pact, includes a 2% annual wage increase and a 10% hike in employer contributions to the pension and health plans, which will boost the overall figure from 15% to 16.5%.

Key concession in the deal is elimination of the long-standing requirement that air transportation to sets must be first class. The tentative agreement doesn’t include specific language covering actors working on motion-capture sets in pics such as “Avatar.”

SAG has 120,000 members and AFTRA has 70,000, including broadcasters and singers; about 45,000 thesps are dual members.

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