AFTRA Reaches New Network TV Code Deal

After a month of negotiations, AFTRA has reached a tentative 3-year agreement with the Big 4 broadcast networks and other producers for a new Network Television Code, which covers all programming except network scripted primetime series. The most recent one-year extension to the previous AFTRA Network Television Code expired on Nov. 15. The new agreement, which runs from Nov. 16, 2011 through Nov. 15, 2014, calls for a 1% increase in employer contributions to the AFTRA Health & Retirement Funds upon ratification as well as a 2% wage increase every year. Here is the announcement with additional details:

LOS ANGELES (Dec. 9, 2011) – The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, AFL-CIO – a national union of more than 70,000 performers, recording artists and broadcast professionals – today announced that AFTRA members have reached a tentative agreement with the four major television broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox) and other producers on terms for a successor agreement to the AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting, aka, the “Front of the Book.” Negotiations began on Nov. 7, and were held at the offices of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

AFTRA members achieved their primary objective in this negotiation: a 1% increase in employer contributions to the AFTRA Health & Retirement Funds upon ratification, which will bring the total H&R contribution rate to 16.5%. Upon ratification, the three-year agreement will run from Nov. 16, 2011 through Nov. 15, 2014.

Other highlights include:

  • Increase wages by 6% over the term of the agreement (2% each year) for most categories
  • Increase minimum hazard pay for Dancers from $80 to $100 per day, and from $100 to $125 per program
  • The $37.50 overtime rate for Singers will be paid starting at the 7th instead of the 9th hour
  • Increase the minimum work day for Stand-Ins who work on primetime variety and award shows, which will increase the minimum daily rate by 20% to 67%
  • Improved contract language to increase equal employment opportunities for union performers including an agreement to add “Gender Identity” to the Union’s  Paragraph 97 diversity report form (more…)

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