SAG-AFTRA Board Gives David White New Four-Year Contract

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The SAG-AFTRA national board has approved a new four-year deal for David White as national executive director.

The board approved the deal Sunday. Details of the agreement were not disclosed.

Howard has held the post since 2009, when he replaced Doug Allen, who had been fired from the position. White singled out Ken Howard, who was elected as SAG’s last president later that year and has continued as SAG-AFTRA president since the unions merged in 2012.

“This job presents new challenges every day and I am thrilled to continue in my role at SAG-AFTRA,” White said. “I want to thank President Howard, our elected officers and national board members for their confidence in me. It’s an honor to represent SAG-AFTRA members and I look forward to continuing the great work we have accomplished to date.”

In February, White’s name emerged as a candidate for a similar post with the National Basketball Players Assn. However, the players union opted in July to select Washington, D.C. attorney Michelle Roberts for the post.

White has been opposed by the self-styled progressives of the Membership First faction of elected leaders, but that group has seen its clout diminished since Allen was fired. He campaigned actively for the merger along with Howard, asserting that the combined union — which has about about 165,000 members — would have more clout and operate more effectively.

White was given a three-year contract extension in late 2011 and SAG-AFTRA’s LM-2 filing this year with the U.S. Dept. of Labor showed that White received a salary of $559,687 plus $25,395 in expenses for the fiscal year ended April 30.

“I’m so pleased that we were able to secure a long-term commitment from David,” Howard said. “He is a formidable strategic thinker and an outstanding executive. David is equally committed to wisely shepherding our operations and to ensuring good wages and safe working conditions for our members. We are lucky to have him and know we will continue to benefit from his leadership.”

The national board also unanimously ratified the recently negotiated SAG-AFTRA TV Animation Agreement and SAG-AFTRA Basic Cable Animation Agreement. The three-year agreements mirror the gains in the master contract for feature films and primetime TV and went into effect retroactively to July 1.

The deals include pay raises of 8.7% compounded over the next three years retroactive to Oct. 1.

The board unanimously approved proposals for the upcoming Network Television Code negotiations, which covers syndicated dramatic programs, daytime serials, promotional announcements, variety, quiz, game, reality, talk, news, sports and other non-dramatic programs.

The proposal package is confidential and will not be released, the union said.

Howard will chair the contracts negotiations and White will serve as the union’s chief negotiator. Negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers are scheduled to commence on Nov. 3 at AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks. The current contract expires Nov. 15.

The union also disclosed that it had issued a “Do Not Work” notice for the Esquire Network program “The Getaway.”

 

 

 

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  1. malibujd44 says:

    SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND BUCKs A YEAR AND UNION BACKGROUND ACTORS HAVE GONE BACKWARD YET AGAIN MAKING MINIMUM WAGE FOR NEW MEDIA $72 FOR 8…ABSOLUTELY APPALLING!!!!!!!!!!!! SHAME ON HIM AND THE REST OF THE SAG BOARD. WHAT A JOKE THIS “GUILD” HAS BECOME…IT IS ALL WE TALK ABOUT ON SET AS TO HOW SCREWED THE “NEW” SAG-AFTRA UNION IS. CAN’T EVEN GET OUR INSURANCE (WHO GETS 70 DAYS OF WORK TO QUALIFY ANYWAY) OR PENSIONS RIGHT YET. HAVEN’T EVEN SEEN A UNION REP ON A SET IN AT LEAST 8 MONTHS. POOR PEOPLE ARE PROBABLY TO SCARED TO SHOW THERE FACES. WE TRY TO PAY OUR RENT, INSURANCE, FOOD WITH THAT 72 BUCKS AND THAT IS PROBABLY WHAT MR WHITES PER DIEM FOR LUNCH IS EVERY DAY. ITS GOTTEN SO BAD/SAD THAT ALL THE UNION SPOTS ON MOST SHOWS NOW ARE FILLED WITH RELATIVES OF THE DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER, FRIENDS OF THE DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER OR STAR AND THOSE SLEEPING WITH THE DIRECTOR, PRODUCER OR STARS OR AGENTS. AND THEN YOU HATE WHEN WE GO FI-CORE OR WORK NON UNION WITH OUT TELLING YOU. AS PRODUCTION FLEES HOLLYWOOD IT JUST KEEPS GETTING WORSE AND WORSE. AND THE DUES THAT WE WERE PROMISED WOULD GO DOWN WITH THE MERGER HAVE DOUBLED…WHERE THE HELL DOES ALL THAT MONEY GO???!?!?!?! ITS ALL SO SAD AND OUT OF CONTROL. SHAME ON ALL OF YOU THAT RUN THIS MESS!!!!

  2. Chris says:

    David White has done a great job negotiating through some tricky waters these past few years–the merger, new contracts et. al.,

    Now if he and his team can just nail down the merger of the pension and health funds he’ll really have earned his keep.

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