SAG-AFTRA OKs Extension of Corporate, Educational, Non-Broadcast Contracts

1:21 PM PST 10/08/2013 by Jonathan Handel

The agreements cover public relations, sales promotion and training films.

SAG-AFTRA has agreed to a one-year extension of two of its legacy contracts for corporate, non-broadcast and educational work, the union announced Tuesday. The National Board of Directors ratified the agreement between the union and the Producers Group on Oct. 1 at its meeting in Los Angeles.

The corporate, educational and non-broadcast contracts cover public relations, sales promotion and training films made for initial use to the general public, in schools, conventions, seminars, museums, retail stores and for Internet use.

The legacy contracts, which were jointly negotiated in April 2011, were set to expire on April 30, 2014. The terms of the contracts have not changed. With the coming negotiations for the TV/Theatrical contract, the extension gives the union more time to prepare and gives members more opportunity to be involved in the run-up to the next negotiation.

SAG-AFTRA assistant national executive director of contracts, Ray Rodriguez, said the extra time will give the union the chance to give this contract the full attention it deserves. 

"We are hoping to bring a renewed focus to bear on bringing more work under this agreement," said Rodriguez.

Producers Group president and chief negotiator Lee Gluckman Jr. also praised the agreement.  

"We are pleased to be able to maintain stability in the industry and think it will be productive to delay these negotiations a year and allow the parties time to prepare," said Gluckman.

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