Members of SAG-AFTRA—the nation’s union for screen actors—can anticipate an increase in residual payments from television gigs, along with other perks, thanks to a recently confirmed agreement between the union and the major network stations. Representatives from ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox sat down with a negotiating team of union members for several days to iron out the details of the three-year contract. The high-profile deal encompasses not only the programming on the networks’ formal stations, but their digital media presences, as well.
Amendments to be unraveled (or phased in) throughout the contract’s three-year term include an 8.7 percent overall wage increase; a 4.6 percent wage increase for background actors in variety shows; heightened contributions to AFTRA Retirement and Industry Cooperative funds; rehearsal time adjustments for dancers and singers; an increase in wages for dancers on award shows; and an 11.5 percent increase for stand-in and dance-in rates.
Significantly, the new agreement also modifies the language relating to minors working on productions. While these changes won’t alter the working hour protocols for child actors in New York and California, it
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