SAG members vote 78% YES for new two-year deal

by Kenji Maeda on June 9, 2009

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Effective, 12:01am June 10, 2009 Screen Actors Guild members will be under a new agreement which they passed with an overwhelming 78% approval. According to SAG.com, the new two-year agreement covers “film and digital television programs, motion pictures and new media productions.”

Variety.com reports:

Despite allowing the SAG master contract to expire a year ago, guild leaders wound up with essentially the same deal signed last year by the DGA, WGA and AFTRA. After the moderates fired Doug Allen for allegedly botching the negotiations, the only concession that White and chief negotiator John McGuire got from the congloms was a two-year term – placing SAG’s June 30, 2011 termination in synch with the other unions.

That deal includes a 3.0% wage increase immediately and 3.5% wage increase after one year. Other areas addressed included residuals and of course the often discussed new media content.

Two years isn’t a lot of time.  SAG is already prepping for the next round of negotiations.

LINKS:
SAG Press Release
Highlights of the Agreement

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