SAG-AFTRA leaders are asserting that the proposed three-year commercials deal includes “more than $200 million” in pay hikes for members.
The gains appear to be less than the current three-year master contract, which provided $238 million in pay gains for members.
The performers union, which has about 160,000 members, will send out voting instructions to eligible members on April 18. It did not disclose the deadline for voting.
SAG-AFTRA had posted earlier in the week the memorandum of agreement with the ad industry without comment — and without an estimate of the monetary gain for members. The proposed deal contains a 7% hike in minimum wage rates and a 1.2% increase in employer contributions to health and retirements funds.
The SAG-AFTRA national board approved the deal unanimously on April 10, triggering the ratification vote. The tentative agreement was reached on April 3.
The contract covers an estimated $1 billion in annual wages for performers. The health and retirement contributions will be made to the separate SAG and AFTRA plans and total 18% of compensation.
The tentative deal includes a 2% increase in residuals paid for national network broadcast commercials, also known as Class A; a 6% increase in national cable residuals; and increases in residuals for Internet commercials and commercials on cell phones. But the deal contains a concession that television commercials can be concurrently streamed on the Internet or cell phones without additional compensation.
The deal also contains a “strategic expansion” to the definition of a commercial that will help protect the contract’s coverage in the area of digital, according the union increases to Internet and New Media use fees ranging from 6.25% to 16.7%; new protections for minors to ensure qualified set teachers; a new rate for stand-ins at 110% of the general extra rate; and recognition of Vetera’s Day as a contractual holiday.
SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said, “This contract speaks to the livelihood of members today — and in the future. We look forward to presenting the agreement to the membership for ratification.”