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SAG’s National Board issued this statement today. AFTRA has already agreed. So, after the assistance of the AFL-CIO, the big actors guild and the smaller actor/broadcast union will together bargain for a new commercials contract:

Los Angeles (October 20, 2008)—The Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors meeting in Los Angeles Saturday, October 18, approved a proposed agreement outlining conditions to permit joint bargaining with AFTRA for the Commercials Contracts under the terms of the Phase 1 agreement.

The AFL-CIO and its Department of Professional Employees helped facilitate the proposed agreement. The exact terms of the proposed agreement, which is still subject to modification until deemed final, are confidential. Committees delegated by each individual union will meet to review and approve the final agreement language.

The Board also received an informational briefing on the Guild’s outreach program to inform members regarding the Booz Allen Hamilton Commercials Study findings jointly commissioned by SAG, AFTRA and the advertising industry’s bargaining representative, the Joint Policy Committee (JPC).  SAG and AFTRA representatives are delivering the presentations in joint member meetings in various cities in preparation for upcoming Commercials Contracts Wages and Working Conditions meetings.

After a 5-month extension agreed to by SAG, AFTRA and the JPC on August 27, the Commercial Contracts will expire March 31, 2009.