Tuesday, June 9, 2009

SAG Members Approve New Pact

The membership of the Screen Actors Guild has officially ratified its proposed new two-year TV/theatrical contract by a margin of 78% to 22%. SAG members had been working under the terms of the previous contract since June 30, 2008, as negotiations stopped and started, stalled and dragged on, over the past year.

Ballots went out to the 110,000 or so members in good standing May 19. Of those eligible to vote, 35.26% turned in ballots, a slightly higher percentage than usual. The votes were compiled and counted after Tuesday's 5 p.m. deadline. The new contract expires June 30, 2011.

Among the terms of the new deal are a 3% wage increase and a 0.5% pension and health plan contribution increase. In its second year, the contract triggers a 3.5% wage increase.

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