SAG/AFTRA Members OK Contract for Work Done for Corporations and Educational Institutions

The new three-year agreement -- approved with a 95% vote in favor -- calls for 4% minimum rate increases.

Members of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists have approved three-year successor agreements to the AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Non Broadcast/Industrial/Educational Recorded Material and the SAG Industrial and Educational Contract.

The contract were approved by a vote of 95% to 5%, it was announced Wednesday.

One of the lesser-known SAG/AFTRA contracts, at least in Hollywood, the agreement covers work done for corporations and educational institutions.

The pact, which was to expire April 30, been renewed through April 30, 2014.

The agreements are effective retroactive to May 1 and will continue through April 30, 2014, and call for all minimum rates to be increased by 2% at the start of the contract and by another 2% effective Nov. 1, 2012, as well as a 0.2-percent increase in total contributions to the SAG-Producers Pension and Health Plans and the AFTRA Health and Retirement Funds. Specific language has also been added to require a 0.3% contribution to the AFTRA-Industry Cooperative Fund. In addition, programming for new media is defined and specifically covered.

The contract covers performers rendering on-camera and voiceover services in sales programs, educational and training videos, informational and promotional messages seen in stores and video included in certain consumer products and other projects that are exhibited outside of the traditional broadcast arena. AFTRA's version of the contract also covers audio-only content, such as telephone messages and sound included in consumer products.

The agreement was negotiated by the Joint SAG and AFTRA negotiating committee, and both SAG's national board and an AFTRA committee both had recommended passage.

AFTRA chief negotiator and assistant national executive director Mathis L. Dunn Jr. said, "It is our belief that this new agreement is a win-win situation: It provides opportunities for more producers to create high-quality, polished productions by employing AFTRA's professional
performers and enable us to increase union work opportunities for our members."

"The voting results show SAG and AFTRA members embrace the gains being delivered by this agreement," said SAG deputy national executive director for contracts Ray Rodriguez. "We expect this contract will also provide a foundation for increasing the number of non-broadcast, industrial and educational productions, providing additional work for our members."