Members of SAG-AFTRA overwhelmingly voted to ratify the 2019 SAG-AFTRA commercials contract and the 2019 SAG-AFTRA audio commercials contract.
The vote was 96.85 percent in favor. The contracts are landmark agreements for a new era, introducing innovative and flexible alternative compensation models to promote growth of union-covered commercial work. The vote follows the national board’s unanimous approval of the tentative agreements.
The ratification vote, via online voting and through requested paper ballots, follows the SAG-AFTRA national board’s recommendation in April for members to vote yes on the new three-year contract with the Joint Policy Committee. Negotiations began on Feb. 20 and concluded with a tentative agreement on April 2. Postcards were mailed to approximately 136,000 members. The new agreements will become effective April 1, and will remain in force through March 31, 2022. The new contracts will include increases in minimum rates retroactive to April 1, and payable within 30 days of ratification. The new upfront use packages will be available on June 1.
“This is an historic moment for our members, our union and this industry. Committed members from around the country created new contract options for an evolving commercial landscape. Our strength is always in our unity,” said Gabrielle Carteris, SAG-AFTRA president and negotiating committee chair.
Highlights of the contracts include new upfront use packages that provide performers with substantial upfront payments, creating simple and flexible structures for employers; across-the-board wage increases of 6% (applicable to all categories of work, including background); increased funding to the health and retirement/pension plans estimated at $22.2 million; and protections against sexual harassment.
For information, visit sagaftra.org.
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