With actors unions in the midst of negotiations with the congloms, the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists has resolved a dispute with its own business representatives.
The quelling of the dispute precludes the possibility that the business reps could picket the feature-primetime negotiations at the headquarters of the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers, which began Monday.
AFTRA announced Thursday that it had reached a three-year deal with the 11 business representatives, who are members of the Intl. Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 399. “The two sides reached a fair deal with gains in wages, benefits and other terms for the Teamsters-covered employees,” AFTRA and the Teamsters said in a joint statement.
The statement noted that existing contract expired on Sept. 5 and negotiations for a successor agreement commenced on Sept. 9. The new contract is effective retroactively to Sept. 5, and will expire on Sept. 4, 2013.
The unit had taken the unusual step on Sept. 21 of issuing an announcement that noted the reps have been working under an expired contract and have been facing an increased workload. SAG reached a deal a month ago with its reps on a three-year pact.