SAG-AFTRA announced today that the deal reached with the ad industry April 7 on new television and radio commercials contracts was approved unanimously after National Board meetings this weekend. Next, it will be sent to the full membership of 160,000 for ratification. For the first time, the SAG-AFTRA single union has included the documents about what the tentative commercials contract says: They are located here and here.
LOS ANGELES (April 21, 2013) – The SAG-AFTRA National Board of Directors met in Los Angeles April 20 and 21 and took action on several items including approval of the recently negotiated commercials agreements.
The National Board unanimously approved the deal reached with the ad industry Apr. 7 on new television and radio commercials contracts. The contracts will result in $238 million in wage increases and other payments for all categories of performers, improvements in cable use fees, increases in payments for work on the Internet and new media platforms, and an increase in the late payment fee. Formal negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and the advertising industry began on Feb. 14 and concluded April 6.
“This is a great deal for SAG-AFTRA members. We made important gains on these contracts that provide our members with the solid foundation they need to sustain their careers and families,” said National Co-President and Commercials Negotiating Committee National Chair Roberta Reardon. “I am very grateful to our negotiating committee which came together and worked as one to ensure a strong contract for their sisters and brothers who work in the commercials area.”“This agreement demonstrates the incredible work of our negotiating committee and the value to our members of the collaborative relationship we’ve developed with the negotiators on the Joint Policy Committee,” said David White, National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator. “We achieved solid improvements for our members and both sides agreed to major adjustments in the contract that address longstanding concerns and bring the agreement up to date in a variety of areas.”
“I congratulate Roberta and our entire negotiating committee on a great outcome and particularly want to recognize the work of our chief negotiator David White. The commercials agreements represent important work for tens of thousands of our members across the country and we have served them well in this deal,” said Ken Howard, National Co-President.
SAG-AFTRA was represented in the commercials negotiations by Reardon, White, Negotiating Committee Vice Chairs Sue-Anne Morrow, Allen Lulu, Ilyssa Fradin, and David Hartley-Margolin, Co-Lead Negotiators Ray Rodriguez and Mathis Dunn, and Senior Advisor John McGuire.
In connection with the first national contract referendum for SAG-AFTRA, the board approved a motion offering members the opportunity to vote online, as well as by traditional paper ballots if they prefer, to ratify the commercials agreements.
“Online voting will make more efficient use of our financial resources, advance our efforts to be more environmentally conscious by reducing paper use, and offer members the choice of a voting process that’s most convenient for them. We expect this program to encourage member engagement and to enhance voter turnout in the referendum,” said Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel.
All members in good standing as of April 1, 2013, will automatically receive a postcard with voting instructions. The postcard will be mailed on or about May 1, 2013. Tabulation of ratification votes received by the voting deadline of May 31, 2013, 5 p.m. PDT (electronically or by mail) will be completed that day.
The national board met April 20 and 21 in Los Angeles. The meeting was adjourned at 3 p.m.