The following received in an email from SAG/AFTRA:
Aug. 16, 2018
Members of SAG-AFTRA today voted to ratify the 2018 SAG-AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting (Network Television Code). The vote was 93 percent in favor of the new contract.
The ratification vote – via online voting and through requested paper ballots – follows the SAG-AFTRA National Board’s recommendation in July for members to vote yes on the new three-year contract with the four major television networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox). Negotiations with the signatory producers began on May 30 in Sherman Oaks, California and concluded with a tentative agreement on June 9. Ballots were mailed to approximately 142,000 members. The contract term runs July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2021.
“I am gratified by our members’ vote of approval for this agreement. SAG-AFTRA members working in this area will benefit from stronger protections and meaningful increases in wages and residuals rates,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris, who served as chair of the Network Television Code Negotiating Committee. “Moreover, the agreement now reflects important new language limiting auditions or meetings in private hotel rooms and residences, which helps us make tangible changes in the way our industry is addressing sexual harassment.”
Added SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director David White, “This contract contains significant gains and protections for members working under the agreement. Dancers, singers, promo announcers, stand-ins, stunt coordinators and background actors will now receive stronger protections and increased wages that can be built upon in the future. I applaud President Carteris, our terrific member negotiating committee and our superb staff for securing these achievements in this negotiation.”
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