SAG/AFTRA Board Blesses Extension

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As expected, a joint national board of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists has approved a one-year extension of their agreement with producers that was set to expire June 30.

The board overwhelmingly approved the extension by a vote of 79% to 21%, and it now goes to SAG’s and AFTRA’s full memberships to be ratified, expected to happen within the next 30 days.

Although the two unions have secured a one-year extension of their current contract, this fall they begin negotiations with producers on a new three-year deal expected to be contentious over the issue of residuals on DVDs, pay TV and made-for-basic cable and over increased health benefits and pensions.

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