SAG's national board approves tentative agreement

The Screen Actors Guild’s National Board approved a tentative contract agreement yesterday with film and TV producers. But KPCC’s Brian Watt says the drama will continue until SAG’s rank and file members vote.

The Screen Actors Guild’s National Board approved a tentative contract agreement yesterday with film and TV producers. But KPCC’s Brian Watt says the drama will continue until SAG’s rank and file members vote.

Brian Watt: The contract would increase pay for film and primetime TV actors by 3 percent a year. It creates a payment structure for work distributed on the internet similar to the ones the other unions achieved. This contract would expire in two years – rather than the customary three years – so SAG will be able to time its next contract negotiations with those of other unions.

Only 53 percent of the Guild’s board voted to approve the contract and send it to the 120,000 SAG members for a ratification vote. The contract’s opponents – including SAG President Alan Rosenberg – say they’ll campaign against it.

The last SAG film and primetime TV contract expired 10 months ago, and the terms of the new one will not be retroactive. While the Guild has tried to hold out for a better deal and worked through internal conflicts, the Alliance of Motion Picture and TV Producers estimated that SAG members have missed out on $67 million in pay increases.

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