Los Angeles (February 22, 2011) – In national voting completed today, members of Screen Actors Guild cast their ballots to approve a new, three-year contract covering basic cable live action programming.
The new pact goes into effect July 1, 2011, and will remain in force until June 30, 2014.
SAG and Basic Cable Live Action Television Producers reached tentative agreement in November on the deal, which provides a 6-percent increase for members over the course of the contract and a 10-percent increase in pension and health, which is in keeping with the TV/Theatrical Contract ratified in January.
Overall, the membership of SAG voted 96 percent to 4 percent in favor of the new agreement. The vote count in Hollywood was 94 percent to 6 percent in favor. In New York, the vote count was 97 percent to 3 percent in favor. And in the Regional Branches, the vote count was 97 percent to 3 percent in favor.
Ballots were mailed to 98,704 SAG members, of which 25 percent returned them. The final vote was certified by Integrity Voting Systems of Everett, Washington.
Leading the negotiations for the unions were SAG President Ken Howard and chief negotiator David White, the national executive director of SAG.
The National Board of Directors ratified the smaller Basic Cable Animation and Television Animation contracts directly, effective upon member approval of the TV/Theatrical Contract, which covers network television and theatrical-release motion pictures. For further information on the new contract, including a summary presentation of the TV/Theatrical Contract, visit SAG.org.