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SAG-AFTRA Leaders Approve Network Code Contract

The SAG-AFTRA national board has approved the tentative agreement reached with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox for a successor agreement on the union’s network television code master contract.

The board met Monday by video conference in New York and Los Angeles to review the terms of the new agreement and voted to send the contract to those eligible among the 165,000 members for ratification.

Members who are current on dues should receive the ratification package within the next week.

The tentative deal, reached Nov. 14, covers most non-primetime TV work and about $200 million in annual earnings for members. The gains are similar to those in the three-year SAG-AFTRA master contract covering feature film and primetime work, which members ratified in August.

“This is a terrific deal and I congratulate the hard-working negotiating committee,” said SAG-AFTA president Ken Howard, who chaired the committee. “This agreement achieved significant gains across the numerous areas of the contract. There is something for everyone.”

If approved, the contract goes into effect retroactively on Nov. 16 and runs through June 30, 2018.

The deal includes increases in contract minimums over a three-year period, including an 8.7% overall wage increase to most program fees, implemented through increases of 2.5%  the first year, 3% the second year and 3% the third year.

It also includes a 7.2% overall wage increase for serial (soap opera) performers and a 6.1% hike for work in network news.

The pact also provides for a 0.5% increase in contributions to the AFTRA Health & Retirement Funds.

Current programs covered by this contract include “Good Morning America,” “The View,” “The Price is Right,” “The Young and the Restless,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Nightline” and “Late Night with David Letterman.”

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