The ongoing negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and the advertising industry will continue with the current contract in place — for now. The two groups tonight announced that the expiration date of the master contract has been extended two additional days, to April 2. The announcement came one hour before the contract was due to expire.
“SAG-AFTRA and the ANA-4A’s Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations agree to extend the Commercials Contracts until 11:59 p.m., Saturday, April 2, 2016. The parties will continue to negotiate, remaining under a media blackout,” the groups said in a joint statement published to SAG-AFTRA’s official site.
That news blackout began February 17 when the two groups began negotiations. The current contract has been in effect since 2013 and applies to around $1 billion in yearly earnings for SAG-AFTRA members. It was approved after eight weeks of negotiations that also saw a contract extension to allow more time to come to agreement.