Actors Unions to Vote on New Contract
Directors of Hollywood’s two actors unions recommended to their members Saturday a new labor agreement, with studios providing a 9% pay increase over three years but no boost in the share of DVD revenues actors receive.
Members of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists must vote by mail next month to ratify or reject the deal.
On Saturday, 71.4% of the unions’ board members voted to recommend, with 28.6% against. Opponents will be allowed to include their arguments in the contract information mailed to members.
Studios and actors reached agreement Jan. 20 on the $200-million pact, averting a potential production slowdown. Although the current contract doesn’t expire until June 30, uncertainty over a possible strike this summer could have caused studios to cancel projects.
About 140,000 performers, including film and TV actors, stunt coordinators, dancers and background actors, are affected by the contract.