Members of SAG-AFTRA have ratified a three-years-plus successor deal to its master contract covering non-primetime TV work.
The vote in favor of the deal was 96.5% of ballots cast and follows the SAG-AFTRA national board’s recommendation in December that members vote for the deal with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. Ballots were mailed to approximately 132,000 members.
The term of the contract — officially, the National Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting (Network Television Code) — runs retroactively from Nov. 16 to June 30, 2018.
“I congratulate our members on ratifying this excellent agreement,” said SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard. “Our members will benefit from increased wages and overtime rates, expanded residuals and stronger protections. No matter the platform or type of work, SAG-AFTRA members working under this contract can be proud of the solid gains we achieved.”
The 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.
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.”