SAG, AFTRA ok deal for industrial, educational material

Wedding bells for SAG, AFTRA?

Leaders of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists have endorsed a tentative agreement with industry reps on a three-year successor deal on industrial and educational broadcast material.

SAG made the announcement Sunday at the conclusion of its national board meeting and said that mail ballots will be sent to members of both unions May 9 with a June 8 deadline for return.

The unions reached the three-year deal on March 31. The deals, which are retroactive to May 1, cover work in sales programs, educational and training videos, informational and promotional messages seen in stores and video included in some consumer products,

The new agreement includes a 2% increase effective on May 1 and another 2% increase on Nov. 1, 2012 along with a bump from 15.3% to 15.5% in employer contributions to the AFTRA Health and Retirement Funds and the SAG-Producers Pension and Health Plans.

Additionally, the pacts will include “new media” in areas of jurisdiction. And the contracts have been renamed the AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Corporate/Educational Recorded Material and the Producers-SAG 2011 Codified Corporate/Educational Contract.

SAG also disclosed Sunday that its board approved the fiscal year 2012 budget and received an update from National Secretary-Treasurer Amy Aquino, who reported that the guild on budget. The guild’s fiscal year began on Sunday.

National Executive Director David White reported that SAG’s new online signatory application and production center — which debuted Wednesday — has signed nearly 200 producers to SAG new media, industrial, student, short and ultra low-budget agreements.

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