CBS Television City studios. Photo by John Schreiber.
CBS Television City studios. Photo by John Schreiber.

SAG-AFTRA members voted overwhelmingly to approve the contract covering a variety of programming for the four major television networks outside of prime-time scripted series, the union announced Friday.

The 2014 SAG-AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting provides for increases in contract minimums over a three-year period, including an 8.7-percent overall wage increase to most program fees, implemented through increases of 2.5 percent the first year, 3 percent the second year and 3 percent the third year, according to the union.

Other provisions include a 7.2-percent overall wage increase for daytime drama performers over three years; a 6.1-percent increase in overall wages for news inserts/news service fees; increases in the overtime rate from $37.50 per hour to $42 per hour for principals and $16.50 per hour to $22.50 per hour for background actors; and an 8 percent increase in the stand-in rate for non- dramatic programming.

The vote was 96.5 percent in favor of the new contract. Ballots were mailed to approximately 132,000 members.

The contract is retroactive to Nov. 16 and will run through June 30, 2018. Programming covered includes morning news shows, talk shows, daytime dramas, game shows, the CBS news magazine “60 Minutes,” and such prime-time competition series as “Dancing with the Stars,” “The Voice” and “Survivor.”

Prime-time scripted programming on ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox and NBC is covered under the SAG-AFTRA Television Agreement.

SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard, who served as chair of the Network Television Code Negotiating Committee, called the contract an “excellent agreement.”

“Our members will benefit from increased wages and overtime rates, expanded residuals and stronger protections,” Howard said.

— Staff and Wire Reports

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