A three-year contract between actors and producers has won approval from the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists National Board of Directors and now goes to the full membership for a ratification vote.

A three-year contract agreement has also been reached between National Public Radio and SAG/AFTRA workers just days after employees at the public radio network sought authorization to strike.

Few details of either deal were released, but for SAB/AFTRA actors, they are provided salary increases, typical union protections and nixes a proposal to pay new hires less than existing employees, according to a SAG/AFTRA statement.

That board voted 77.4 to 22.5 percent Saturday to recommend a “yes” vote on the contract, which includes annual wage increases of 2.5 percent, 3 percent and 3 percent over the next three years.

It also includes improved compensation for work aired on streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon and for background actors.

If approved by the membership, the contract would be in effect retroactively to July 1 through June 30, 2020.

“I am thankful to the board for its approval and recommendation of this agreement and am delighted at what the negotiating team was able to achieve,” SAG/AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris said following the vote. “We have negotiated a forward-looking package with meaningful gains across our entire membership.”

The initial deal was reached at 5:45 a.m. on July 4 after extended negotiations following the expiration of the old contract on June 30. The agreement averted what observers feared would have been a costly and disruptive strike.

The overall value of the deal was pegged at $256 million, outpacing the previous contract’s value of $200 million. Negotiations were conducted at the AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks headquarters of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

Ballots will start going out Monday to SAG/AFTRA’s estimated 160,000 members. The deadline to vote is Aug. 7.

A three-year contract agreement has  also been reached between National Public Radio and SAG/AFTRA just days after station employees sought authorization to strike.

No details of the deal were released, but it provides salary increases, typical union protections and nixes a proposal to pay new hires less than existing employees, according to a SAG/AFTRA statement.

The agreement was reached at 12:08 Sunday morning after the existing contract was extended for 24 hours.

On Friday, NPR’s roughly 400 employees asked SAG/AFTRA’s board for authorization to go on strike. They also asked to set up a “We Make NPR” website with a countdown clock under the headline “The future of NPR is at stake,” according to Variety.

Talks had continued with the aid of a federal mediator.

A key sticking point was the proposal to pay new employees less than their established co-workers.

“Equal pay for equal work,” NPR employee negotiator Rebecca Sullivan told Variety. “We do no want a two-tier pay system for employees who do the same job.”

–City News Service

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