SAG’s National Board of Directors also approved joint bargaining with AFTRA for the Industrial & Educational Contract. Here’s the statement:

Los Angeles, CA (July 25, 2009) – The Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors today voted an overwhelming 95% to 5% to recommend a successor agreement to the 2006 Basic Cable Live Action Agreement, which covers dramatic television motion pictures, excluding animated television motion pictures, produced for initial exhibition on a basic cable service.

The tentative agreement, which would expire concurrently with the TV/Theatrical agreement on June 30, 2010, includes:

• Effective annual increases comprised of 3.0% in year one and 3.5% in year two in wage increases and .5% in pension contributions upon ratification.

Other terms match the terms of the recently approved TV/Theatrical agreement.

The motion states:

The National Board recommends the Basic Cable Live Action Agreement in a referendum to the membership, with supportive information about the contract and the contract itself.

Approved 95% – 5%

In other actions the board:

Authorized the Interim National Executive Director to expand the joint bargaining agreement with AFTRA under which the Commercials Contracts were negotiated to include the Industrial & Educational Contract with the 2008 Industrial & Educational Contract Negotiating Committee to serve through the next round of bargaining of the Industrial & Educational Contract.

Approved unanimously