San Francisco, CA (June 11, 2013)– Newspersons represented by SAG-AFTRA at KRON4 voted unanimously last Friday to reject the latest contract offer proposed by KRON4/Young Broadcasting management. SAG-AFTRA members cited equitable compensation, threats to job security, and health/retirement benefit concerns as their primary reasons for rejecting the Company’s latest offer. SAG-AFTRA has been negotiating with the Company for over a year while Newpersons continue to work with a contract that expired on April 30, 2012.
New Three-Year Commercials Contracts Effective Retroactive to April 1, 2013
This summer, the union’s top leadership positions will be determined by a vote of the membership. You will have the chance to elect the union’s first National President and National Secretary-Treasurer. Elections will also take place in all of the union’s 25 locals for National Board, Local Officer, Local Board and Convention Delegate positions, and eight (8) Vice Presidents will be elected at the union’s first biennial convention held in Los Angeles, Sept. 26-29, 2013.
SAG-AFTRA has negotiated its first major contracts as a new union — the Commercials Contracts — and voting must be completed by 5 p.m. PDT, Friday, May 31, 2013. Member leaders believe they have secured substantial gains for members working in commercials: If approved, the contracts will result in $238 million in wage increases and other payments for all categories of performers, improvements in cable use fees, increases in payments for work on the Internet and new media platforms, and an increase in the late payment fee.
SAG-AFTRA joins family, friends and co-workers in mourning the loss of The Young and the Restless star Jeanne Cooper, a pioneer in the world of daytime drama.
To all members represented by an ATA/NATR agency that have chosen to sign a General Services Agreement (or “GSA”) with their agent:
“I am proud to call George and Nancy Jones my friends. George was so much more than a country music icon. He was never afraid to stand and act on what he believed in. George was instrumental in helping organize TNN (The Nashville Network), testified at the FCC hearings on media consolidation, and even wrote a letter of support to country DJ’s at an AFTRA Twin Cities radio station. Thank you George, for sharing your voice and music with us, for your continual support of all recordings artists and musicians, and for giving us so many memories that will never fade.
On April 21, the SAG-AFTRA National Board approved the deal reached with the ad industry Apr. 7 on new television and radio commercials contracts. The contracts will result in $238 million in wage increases and other payments for all categories of performers, improvements in cable use fees, increases in payments for work on the Internet and new media platforms, and an increase in the late payment fee. Formal negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and the advertising industry began on Feb. 14 and concluded April 6.