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Lights, camera, contract! Actors unions weigh new agreement

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The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) have announced that they recently reached a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the largest Hollywood producers’ group.

The contract now needs approval from the unions’ national boards and must be ratified by union members.

The new agreement, which covers films and prime-time and pay-television programs, includes a 2% per year wage increase, plus a 10% boost in employer contributions to the SAG and AFTRA pension and retiree health funds.

In a statement, SAG President Ken Howard said, “Strengthening the pension and health plans was our top priority in these negotiations—making such a significant gain in that area was a vital achievement.”

AFTRA President Roberta Reardon added, “Our joint negotiating committee worked together seamlessly and in solidarity, and I am very proud of their work.”

If ratified, the new agreement will begin on July 1, 2011, and will run for three years.

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