NEW YORK, NEW YORK — The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) concluded negotiations in New York on Tuesday for a new 3 year collective bargaining agreement covering below the line technicians and artists who create commercials.
The parties agreed to early negotiations in order to promote stability and give both sides an opportunity to plan and budget past the current expiration date of September 30, 2013.
IATSE President Matthew Loeb commented, “We recognized the value of early negotiations when both sides are willing to address the important issues and provide stability to the members of the IA and the commercial producers.”
The details of the pact have not been released. Issues that the parties dealt with include wages and benefits, training, safety, overtime, long work days as well as non-traditional commercials and low budget commercials.
“The industry is changing and it is important that as we see new opportunities that come with new challenges, we can work with the skilled crew base we have always relied on in new and progressive ways,” said Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP. “Our open and frank discussions centered around this theme.”
New York — The Writers Guild of America, East has negotiated improvements to its collective bargaining agreements with Hello Doggie, Inc., the production company which produces the hit cable shows The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Stephen Colbert Report. The agreements significantly improve the formula for calculating residuals paid to WGAE members for basic cable replays. The WGAE estimates that residuals payments will increase approximately 20% in 2012, despite a reduction in the number of replays which began in September 2011.
“It makes a real difference when Guild members are actively engaged in negotiations – and when the employer recognizes how integral writing is to the shows’ success,” said WGAE Executive Director Lowell Peterson, who was the union’s chief negotiator.
The members working on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report ratified the new agreements on November 9th and 10th. The employer had already implemented improvements that were part of the industry-wide Minimum Basic Agreement (“MBA”) negotiated by the WGAE and the Writers Guild of America, West earlier this year. The 2012-2015 MBA includes increases to minimum compensation and increased contributions to the Producer-Writers Guild of America Pension Plan.
CBS and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers have reached a tentative agreement on a contract that if approved would be effective through January 2015, the two parties announced today. The current deal expires Jan. 31, 2012. ”This new early agreement demonstrates the strength of the working relationship between CBS and the IBEW and reaffirms CBS’ commitment to the IBEW’s highly skilled work force,” CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves said. The IBEW represents 2800 workers in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC, St. Louis, San Francisco, Dallas, Miami and Atlanta who service events televised on CBS Sports and CBS News. The contract — which includes a 2.5% pay raise this year, in 2013 and in 2014 — will be sent to union members for ratification, and the approval process should be completed by month’s end.
LOS ANGELES (June 9, 2011) — The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, AFL-CIO –- a national union of more than 70,000 performers, recording artists and broadcast professionals –- today announced that it has reached a tentative agreement with videogame industry representatives on terms for a new 3 1/2 year AFTRA Interactive Media Agreement, covering AFTRA members who work in videogames. The current contract is set to expire on June 30, 2011.
If ratified, the new pact will include a groundbreaking provision: the industry’s first-ever streaming payment paid to performers in the form of a new cloud gaming fee.
AFTRA Chief Negotiator and Assistant National Executive Director Mathis L. Dunn, Jr. praised the new agreement saying: “We now have a clear and enforceable provision where performers will see real dollars immediately. Cloud gaming is a growing part of the digital future and AFTRA is in on the ground floor. This new provision guarantees that AFTRA members will continue to be a vital and relevant part of the gaming community. I applaud our Negotiating Committee for their hard-work and vision.”
The new cloud gaming fee is an additional one-time payment of 15% of the session fee that will be paid to every Principal Performer engaged on a videogame made available on streaming services. Other highlights of the successor agreement include:
Los Angeles (May 1, 2011) — The Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors on April 30 unanimously recommended member ratification of a successor agreement to the Producers-Screen Actors Guild Non-Broadcast/Industrial/Educational Contracts.
The contract, which is jointly negotiated with AFTRA’s National Code of Fair Practice for Non-Broadcast Industrial/Educational Recorded Material, will be sent out along with the AFTRA Code for ratification by the membership of both unions by mailed ballot. AFTRA’s Administrative Committee recommended ratification of the tentative agreement earlier in the week.
If the new agreement is ratified, the contract will be renamed the “Producers-Screen Actors Guild 2011 Corporate/Educational and Non-Broadcast Contracts” to better reflect the nature of the programming it covers.
Other terms include:
· The addition of specific coverage for and a definition of programming for “New Media.” Previously jurisdiction of New Media was not clearly set out in the contracts.
· All minimum rates shall be increased by 2% effective May 1, 2011, and by another 2% effective November 1, 2012.
· A 0.2% increase in the total contributions to the SAG Pension and the Health Plans and AFTRA Health and Retirement Funds, for a total contribution rate of 15.5%.
· Specific language added to permit 0.3% contribution to the AFTRA-Industry Cooperative Fund (AICF).
· The establishment of a committee composed of Industry and union representatives to restructure and simplify the Agreements, as well as other contract improvements included in the attached Summary.
“This deal provides solid gains for our members while better