Monday, April 11, 2016

SAG-AFTRA National Board of Directors Approves New Commercials Contracts

The SAG-AFTRA National Board, meeting this weekend in Los Angeles at SAG-AFTRA Plaza, unanimously approved the recently negotiated commercials contracts and took action on several items including the previously reported historic election of Gabrielle Carteris as president, to fulfill the term of the late Ken Howard, and Rebecca Damon as executive vice president. 

The national board unanimously approved the deal reached with the ad industry April 3, 2016 on new television, audio and digital commercials contracts. The details of the agreement are forthcoming and will be submitted to the membership for ratification.

Formal negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and the advertising industry began on February 17, 2016 and concluded April 3, 2016.

SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said, "This contract speaks to the livelihood of members today – and in the future. We look forward to presenting the agreement to the membership for ratification." 

SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator David White said, “I congratulate the board on the approval of this agreement. Our negotiating committee, led by President Carteris and Co-Chair Sue-Anne Morrow, faced very tough issues and, working together, secured an excellent and forward-looking deal for our membership.” 

SAG-AFTRA was represented by SAG-AFTRA President and Negotiating Committee Co-Chair Gabrielle Carteris, Co-Chair Sue-Anne Morrow, Chief Negotiator David White, Co-Lead Negotiators Ray Rodríguez and Mathis Dunn and Senior Advisor John McGuire. 

The meeting began with an in memoriam for those SAG-AFTRA members and staff who passed away since the last national board meeting. Board members shared stories and reflections about the late President Ken Howard and former Screen Actors Guild President Anna Patty Duke Pearce.

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