May 17, 2009
Dear Screen Actors Guild member,
After more than a year of negotiations, ballots for the tentative agreement reached between SAG and the AMPTP for television programs, motion pictures and new media formats will be mailed on Tuesday, May 19.
We urge you to carefully read the materials and to cast your vote. The SAG National Board of Directors and negotiating team are recommending that you VOTE YES on this tentative agreement.
The agreement includes an immediate increase in wages of 3%, followed by another 3.5% increase next year. We also achieved an additional .5% in pension contributions, raising the total P & H producer contribution to 15%. Background actor’s jobs will go from 19 to 20 in television in the Western Zone, and up to 55 from 50 in motion pictures. We have also established rates and working conditions for new media platforms, including provisions for residuals in made-for-new media programs, and residuals for streaming and downloading of features and television shows.
After learning these and other facts about this tentative agreement, your fellow members across the country have decided to vote yes, as they describe in this short video.
I’m Voting YES Video
Learn the facts. Please take the time to attend an informational meeting in your area to learn about this important contract first hand. Every SAG member should know the facts, ask questions, and cast an educated vote.
TV/Theatrical Contract Informational Meetings:
For more information, please visit the Contract Center at SAG.org and watch new videos on SAG TV as they are added.
Questions and comments should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click Here to Sign the TV/Theatrical Statement of Support.
Screen Actors Guild