Members of SAG-AFTRA voted overwhelmingly to approve the 2017 TV/Theatrical contracts in national voting completed on Aug. 7.
New, three-year contracts covering theatrical, primetime and basic cable television production were approved under the 2017 SAG-AFTRA Codified Basic Agreement and the 2017 SAG-AFTRA Television Agreement. The vote was 75.79 percent in favor to 24.21 percent in opposition.
At $256 million, the agreement is valued at nearly 30 percent more than the 2014 $200 million TV/Theatrical agreement. The union secured significant improvements in the residuals rate paid to performers for work displayed on streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon.
“With these new provisions, members will be compensated for global use of their work on streaming new media platforms in addition to seeing significant gains in streaming media residuals,” SAG-AFTRA president and negotiating committee chair Gabrielle Carteris said. “These gains speak not just to today, but to our future by establishing important new guidelines on travel and options as well as providing meaningful gains for the background community.”
The gains include a guaranteed raise of 2.5 to 3 percent for each year of the contracts and increased pension and retirement contributions, as well as residuals improvements of more than 300 percent for content streaming on new media. Residuals are due sooner, down to 90 days from one year. The contract also calls for a new foreign residual when work is shown on affiliated platforms abroad.
Additionally, the contract includes double overtime pay for background actors during the 11th and 12th hours of work; additional increases for background performers and a new standard voucher to protect against identity theft; improved provisions for travel for TV performers; guaranteed airfare for performers traveling for work taking place in Los Angeles; a reduction of the number of idle days that may be negotiated from three to two and an increase of pay for those idle days from $75 to $100; and a safe travel commitment from management to provide either transportation or lodging for performers who do not believe they can drive themselves safely due to exhaustion or inclement weather.
The agreement is retroactive to July 1 and expires on June 30, 2020. For information, visit sagaftra.org.
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