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SAG National Board of Directors Approves Conditions that Will Permit Joint Bargaining with AFTRA on Commercials Contracts

Los Angeles (October 20, 2008)—The Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors meeting in Los Angeles Saturday, October 18, approved a proposed agreement outlining conditions to permit joint bargaining with AFTRA for the Commercials Contracts under the terms of the Phase 1 agreement.

The AFL-CIO and its Department of Professional Employees helped facilitate the proposed agreement. The exact terms of the proposed agreement, which is still subject to modification until deemed final, are confidential. Committees delegated by each individual union will meet to review and approve the final agreement language.

The Board also received an informational briefing on the Guild’s outreach program to inform members regarding the Booz Allen Hamilton Commercials Study findings jointly commissioned by SAG, AFTRA and the advertising industry’s bargaining representative, the Joint Policy Committee (JPC).  SAG and AFTRA representatives are delivering the presentations in joint member meetings in various cities in preparation for upcoming Commercials Contracts Wages and Working Conditions meetings.

After a 5-month extension agreed to by SAG, AFTRA and the JPC on August 27, the Commercial Contracts will expire March 31, 2009.

About SAG
Screen Actors Guild is the nation’s largest labor union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has a rich history in the American labor movement, from standing up to studios to break long-term engagement contracts in the 1940s to fighting for artists’ rights amid the digital revolution sweeping the entertainment industry in the 21st century. With 20 branches nationwide, SAG represents more than 120,000 actors who work in film and digital television, industrials, commercials, video games, music videos and all other new media formats. The Guild exists to enhance actors’ working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists’ rights. SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO. Headquartered in Los Angeles, you can visit SAG online at

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