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Posted: Sun., Aug. 27, 2006, 10:00pm PT
Union leaders OK extension
SAG, AFTRA endorse the new ad pact
By DAVE MCNARY
Leaders of SAG and AFTRA have endorsed the proposed two-year extension to the unions’ commercials contract, triggering a ratification vote by members.
Referendum ballots will be mailed Sept. 5 to the 140,000 members and are due back Sept. 26. Performers with membership in both unions receive only one ballot.
Negotiators for the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television & Radio Artists approved the tentative deal on Aug. 4. If approved, the extension would go into effect Oct. 29.
Key features include $45 million in additional annual compensation; a 6% hike in minimum rates and residuals; a joint study with the ad industry covering changing revenue models; and coverage of all commercials that appear in new media. In addition, employers’ contribution to pension and health plans rise from 14.3% to 14.8%.
Advertisers will have more flexibility to edit commercials for the Internet and new media. They’ll also be able to move TV commercials to the Internet and other new media for a lower rate for an eight-week period during the first year.
The joint SAG-AFTRA board, which met Saturday, endorsed the deal by more than 95%, while a proposal to include a minority report in the referendum lost by a narrower margin. Latter vote split along the usual lines, with SAG’s Hollywood board members supporting the inclusion of a report while guild reps from New York and the regional branches joined with AFTRA reps in voting down the proposal.
SAG generates the lion’s share of work under the ad pact. Guild member earnings subject to pension and health contributions rose 41% between 2000 and 2005 to $750 million.
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Innovative, intelligent, and honest leadership!
During his six years service on the S.A.G. board of Directors both as a National Director and a Hollywood Division Alternate, Mark Carlton has distinguished himself by researching, proposing, spearheading approval of and supervising the installation of a state of the art videoconferencing system at Screen Actors Guild’s Hollywood, New York, Florida and Chicago offices. This system allows staff and committees to meet face to face without flying all the national board members and supporting staff to Los Angeles, with inherent travel, hotel and car rental expenses. Now, two of our four annual Board Plenary meetings are conducted by videoconference saving SAG hundreds of thousands of dollars every year.
Mark proposed and won Board approval of the installation of Wi-fi internet communications in our Board room, as well as eighth floor Founders meeting room and the Executive conference room in Hollywood. A similar installation has occurred in NY as well. Mark also helped draft the required usage policy document.
He instigated and encouraged the attendance of staff and key committee members at important New Technology trade shows such as the annual Consumer Electronics Show, and E3 Gaming show. This is essential in keeping the guild up to date on the use of our performances as content on the new entertainment platforms and electronic devices.
Mark recently established an Inter-Guild New Technology Think Tank to enable the DGA, WGA, SAG, and AFTRA to share ideas relating to our individual approaches to the effects of emerging technology on our individual memberships.
Mark continues to seek ways to modernize S.A.G. both from the staff and members point of view. He is always on the lookout for any technology that may enhance the Guild’s ability to better serve us.
For a detailed summary of Mark’s position on issues facing SAG visit his website at www.Globalsag.org
I’m an actor. Therefore actors, their rights and livelihoods have been my top priorities. We face many critical issues: new and ever-changing technology, new delivery systems, contract deficiencies, our current insurance and pension qualifying problems and inadequate compensation for our services on cable and DVD. I support more member services, education and communication. I am the National and Hollywood Chairman of the SAG Conservatory, you have seen me working and coordinating our last EEOC Career Day and as the former chairman of the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program. I will stand up for actors and their right to make a decent living.
A.L. Miller SW Editor & Chief