Los Angeles (December 10, 2010) — Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists announced that ratification ballots will mail today to approximately 137,000 AFTRA and SAG eligible voters. The joint referendum requires a vote on the proposed successor agreements to the Screen Actors Guild Basic Agreement and Television Agreement, AFTRA Exhibit A to the Network Television Code and the CW Supplement, which applies to both unions.

The Joint National Board of AFTRA and SAG, at its meeting Saturday, December 4, 2010, voted overwhelmingly to approve the tentative agreement reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, a deal which it now recommends to the respective union memberships.

Ballots must be returned via U.S. mail and must be received at the assigned post office box in Everett, Wash., no later than 5 p.m. (PST) January 14, 2011. Due to the holidays, the time period for reviewing and returning ballots will be extended to five weeks (rather than the traditional three-week time period) in order to afford every member the opportunity to carefully review the terms of the proposed agreements before voting. Tabulation will occur immediately upon the conclusion of balloting.

Additionally, informational meetings will be held in select locations across the country in the coming weeks. Members must present a paid-up SAG or AFTRA membership card for admission.

Click here to view the ballot referendum package and a list of informational meeting locations.