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Members of the Directors Guild of America have ratified a three-year successor collective bargaining agreement with the Assn. of Independent Commercial Producers.

The DGA announced the ratification Tuesday. The new contract goes into effect Dec. 1 through Nov. 30, 2014.

”We entered into negotiations with the goal of protecting the excellent health benefits enjoyed by our members, retirees and their families, and obtaining the best possible deal for our members in light of the continued difficult economic environment confronting the advertising production industry,” said DGA President Taylor Hackford. ”I am very pleased that we achieved our goals with a new commercial contract that contains substantial improvements in every category.”

Negotiations were led by Associate National Executive Director/Eastern Executive Director Russ Hollander.

”We negotiated with the AICP to find solutions that would ensure the health of this business and keep our members working,” said Hollander. ”The new agreement achieves those goals while establishing important additional provisions addressing safety guidelines, low budget agreements and producer flexibility.”

The pact includes a 15.8% increase for second second assistant directors in the first year of the contract along with increased contributions to the DGA Health Plan including a 17.65% increase in the employer contribution rate for all members plus additional contributions for directors.

The pact also included a provision to address producers concerns in low budget and foreign commercials by hiking low-budget thresholds from $250,000 to $300,000.

The DGA’s national board unanimously approved the contract on Oct. 15, triggering the ratification vote.