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Actors' Unions - Studios reach tentative agreement


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#1 ONLINE   phrelin

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Posted 07 November 2010 - 02:08 PM

Take your pick of the sources for the story - LA Times, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter.

The basic story is:
  • A three year contract including a 2% annual wage increase and a 10% hike in employer contributions to the pension and health plans.
  • SAG and AFTRA negotiated this jointly.
  • They got it done before the Directors' Guild, basically a management union, even began negotiations and could screw things up for workers like last time.
  • The Writers' Guild, which has a more militant membership, has a pattern to work with so their officers are not stuck taking the lead under heavy membership pressure.
Of course, SAG and AFTRA memberships have to approve this, but it appears that will happen.

So what am I going to do with all those shows I have recorded on hard drive to use in the next strike?;)

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 11:02 AM

So what am I going to do with all those shows I have recorded on hard drive to use in the next strike?;)


Watch them on Sunday afternoons in the fall of 2011 while the NFL is on strike/locked out. :D
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Posted 08 November 2010 - 01:32 PM

Watch them on Sunday afternoons in the fall of 2011 while the NFL is on strike/locked out. :D

Ah yes, that other "actors" dispute.;)

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 03:59 PM

This is really a followup, but compared to a few years ago this from the LA Times is remarkable news:

The Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists said Friday night that the film and TV contract was approved by a 94%-to-6% margin in a national vote, a strong endorsement of an agreement the unions reached with the studios in November after negotiations began Sept. 27, nearly nine months before the current contract expires.

...The ratification was widely expected and echoed a similar show of support from the boards of both unions last month. The contract provides 2% annual pay raises and a 10% increase in the rate of employer contributions to the unions' health and pension plans, a top priority for the unions. The new agreement takes effect July 1.

It should set the tone for the writers and other unions.

Now what am I going to do with all those recorded shows I am saving for the next strike???:D

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 10:09 AM

Now what am I going to do with all those recorded shows I am saving for the next strike???:D


Save them for next fall, to watch on Sundays while the NFL is locked out/on strike.
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Posted 18 January 2011 - 10:21 AM

If the NFL does get locked out .. Sunday's will be filled with College games. We'll likely have just as much football to watch.
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Posted 18 January 2011 - 10:50 AM

If the NFL does get locked out .. Sunday's will be filled with College games. We'll likely have just as much football to watch.

Agreed.

And I suspect that point is frequently mentioned at the negotiating table, as both sides try to avoid a strike.
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Posted 18 January 2011 - 05:09 PM

Take your pick of the sources for the story - LA Times, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter.

The basic story is:

  • A three year contract including a 2% annual wage increase and a 10% hike in employer contributions to the pension and health plans.
  • SAG and AFTRA negotiated this jointly.
  • They got it done before the Directors' Guild, basically a management union, even began negotiations and could screw things up for workers like last time.
  • The Writers' Guild, which has a more militant membership, has a pattern to work with so their officers are not stuck taking the lead under heavy membership pressure.
Of course, SAG and AFTRA memberships have to approve this, but it appears that will happen.

So what am I going to do with all those shows I have recorded on hard drive to use in the next strike?;)


Too bad.. I wanted them to strike.
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Posted 19 January 2011 - 10:33 AM

If the NFL does get locked out .. Sunday's will be filled with College games. We'll likely have just as much football to watch.


Hmm, I'm not sure if I see any major college games being moved from Saturday to Sunday just because of an NFL lockout, especially if the lockout situation seems to be "fluid" (i.e., the lockout could end "at any time") -- aside from emergency situations, changing the date of a game is a big enough undertaking that it would probably need to be set at least a couple weeks in advance.

Although during the last extended NFL stoppage, in 1982, one of the networks did pick up Canadian Football League games.
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