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DGA leaders approve network deal

Three-year deal for about 1,000 staffers covers wages, benefits

Leaders of the Directors Guild of America have endorsed a tentative three-year deal covering about 1,000 network staffers and sent the pact to members for ratification.

The DGA national board unanimously approved the tentative agreement Saturday.

The deal includes an increased employer contribution to the DGA-Producer Health Plan by 1% to a total of 9.5%; increased wages and fees by 2% in the second year and another 2% in the third year of the contract; and confirmation of jurisdiction over programs produced by CBS and NBC for secondary digital channels.

Negotiations lasted two weeks and concluded Sept. 25. The DGA’s Network Negotiating Committee, headed by William M. Brady, negotiated with ABC, CBS and NBC.

The agreement covers staff and freelance members employed in news, sports and operations at the networks and at a number of their owned-and-operated television stations.

“It’s no secret that the past few years have been extremely difficult for local stations and news operations, with severe declines in advertising and revenue,” said DGA president Taylor Hackford. “Despite this challenging climate, the negotiations committee successfully achieved a number of gains, which I think is an indication of the extremely high value our members bring to news, sports and operations.”

Once ratified, the agreement will be effective July 1.

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