SAG-AFTRA, Ad Industry Quietly Launch Contract Negotiations

  • Variety
SAG-AFTRA and the advertising industry are quietly launching commercial contract talks on Wednesday, six weeks before the current master contract expires on March 31.

Both sides have declined to comment on the talks, which will take place in New York City, and have already agreed to a news blackout until there’s a deal in place. SAG-aftra president Gabrielle Carteris is leading the negotiating committee for the union.

The current contract covers roughly $1 billion in annual earnings for performers. The union said in 2016 that the current three-year contract contained “more than $200 million” in pay hikes for members, including a 7% hike in minimum wage rates and a 1.2% increase in employer contributions to health and retirements funds.

SAG-aftra has been mobilizing members through an acrimonious strike against ad agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty. Bbh abandoned its union contract in September, asserting that the agreement was outdated and accusing SAG-aftra of being inflexible.
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