AFTRA:Teamsters Talks Continue

Teamsters seeking 4-percent annual pay raises

Negotiators for the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists’ Los Angeles local and Teamsters Local 399 will continue talks today on a new contract for 11 AFTRA-employed business representatives covered by the Teamsters, according to a source close to the negotiations. The business reps have been working without a contract since Sept. 5.

AFTRA is expected to put forward its final offer today. According to the source, the Teamsters are seeking 4-percent annual pay increases over each of the next three years. AFTRA’s most recent offer included annual increases of 2 percent, 2.5 percent, and 2.5 percent. The Teamsters are also seeking $1-per-mile driving reimbursements, up from 50 cents per mile, and have threatened to picket AFTRA.

Business representatives for the Screen Actors Guild, who are also covered by Local 399, recently accepted a three-year contract with annual 2-percent pay increases.

In a statement issued yesterday, the Teamsters emphasized AFTRA’s recent growth, pointing out that 90 percent of new primetime broadcast television series in the last two seasons were covered by AFTRA, as opposed to SAG. By contrast, SAG has four times the number of business reps.
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