SAG-AFTRA has signed off on a one-year extension of two of its pre-merger contracts for corporate, non-broadcast and educational work, the union announced earlier this week. The National Board of Directors ratified the agreement between the union and the Producers Group on October 1 at its meeting in Los Angeles.
The legacy AFTRA and SAG Corporate/Educational and Non-Broadcast Contracts, which were jointly negotiated in April 2011, were set to expire on April 30, 2014. But with negotiations for the TV/Theatrical contract on the horizon, the now-merged union wanted more time to prepare for the talks and allow for more weigh-in from the membership rank and file.
The Corporate/Educational and Non-Broadcast Contracts cover public relations, sales promotion and training films made for initial use to the general public, schools, conventions, seminars, museums, in retail stores and for Internet use. With the extension, the contracts will remain in place as-is through April 2015.
SAG-AFTRA’s Assistant National Executive Director, Contracts Ray Rodriguez said the extra time will give the union the chance to give this contract the full attention it deserves.
“We are hoping to bring a renewed focus to bear on bringing more work under this agreement,” said Rodriguez.
Lee Gluckman Jr., Producers Group President and Chief Negotiator, also had positive things to say.
“We are pleased to be able to maintain stability in the industry and think it will be productive to delay these negotiations a year and allow the parties time to prepare,” said Gluckman.