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[07/08/08 - 06:21 PM]
Aftra Members Ratify Primetime Television Contract
The three-year primetime television agreement was passed by a 62.4% margin.

[via press release from American Federation of Television and Radio Artists]

AFTRA MEMBERS RATIFY PRIMETIME TELEVISION CONTRACT

AFTRA Leadership to Focus on Unity Initiatives Moving Forward

LOS ANGELES (July 8, 2008) � The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) announced today that AFTRA members ratified a new three-year primetime television agreement (Exhibit A of the AFTRA Network Television Code) reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) by a 62.4% margin.

AFTRA�the nation's second largest performers' union�represents more than 70,000 actors, recording artists, broadcasters, and other talent working in the entertainment and media industries.

AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon made the following statement:

"Today's vote reflects the ability of AFTRA members to recognize a solid contract when they see it. Despite an unprecedented disinformation campaign aimed at interfering with our ratification process, a majority of members ultimately focused on what mattered�the obvious merits of a labor agreement that contains substantial gains for every category of performer in both traditional and new media.

"Clearly, this was not a typical ratification process, and it would be disingenuous to pretend otherwise. To those of us for whom labor solidarity is more than just a slogan, the idea that politically-motivated leaders of one union would use their members' dues to attack another union is unconscionable. Working people do not benefit when their union is under attack.

"For the sake of our members, organized labor must be united, especially in a world of ever-increasing corporate consolidation. Given this, AFTRA leadership is eager to focus on several important initiatives in the months to come:

1) Building on the suggestion of our valued supporters, we will seek to organize a summit of top actors, performers, and union leaders to engage in a thoughtful, constructive discussion of how we can achieve unity among performers�and ultimately, if feasible, merger of the performers' unions.

2) Given that working men and women accomplish more when we work together with trust and mutual respect, we will ask the leadership of the AFL-CIO AEMI ICC unions, the DGA, WGA, and others in the labor community to come together well in advance of the next round of contract negotiations to explore ways of maximizing the leverage of entertainment industry workers.

3) Finally, I intend to promptly review with our National elected leadership and the Presidents of all AFTRA Locals the conditions needed to restore trust to re-establish joint bargaining on our respective commercials contracts.

"I sincerely appreciate the committed work of the negotiating committee, elected leaders, the labor community, and individual activist members of AFTRA who worked tirelessly and publicly to secure this solid contract for television industry performers. I am especially grateful for the support of many joint members of SAG and AFTRA�such as those in Chicago, Florida, Houston, Nashville, New York, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle�who displayed courage in the face of potential retribution, by taking a stand against disunity with the power of truth and solidarity."

Negotiations with the AMPTP over the AFTRA Primetime TV contract began on May 7. They concluded on May 28 with a tentative agreement that was unanimously recommended for approval by AFTRA's 31-member negotiating committee. The AFTRA National Board of Directors overwhelmingly approved the primetime television contract on June 7 and recommended the deal to members, which was ratified today. The new contract is effective from July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2011.

AFTRA contracts cover more than 70% of the programming hours on major network television.

AFTRA primetime TV dramas and situation comedies include "Rules of Engagement," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Flight of the Conchords," "Dante's Cove," "Til Death," "Reaper," "Project Gary," "Harper's Island," "Roman's Empire," and the new "90210."

The AFTRA Network Code, which was ratified by AFTRA members on April 30, also covers actors and all on-camera and off-camera talent on all forms of television programming: reality shows, syndicated dramas, daytime serials, game shows, talk shows, variety and musical programs, news, sports, and promotional announcements. Programs covered by the Code include "American Idol," "Dancing with the Stars," "Late Show with David Letterman," "Good Morning America," "20/20," "The View," "The Tonight Show," "Oprah," "The Price is Right," "Deal or No Deal," "America's Next Top Model," "Days of Our Lives," "All My Children," "Cake," "Saturday Night Live," "Entertainment Tonight," and "Survivor," among others.

Click here for news and information about the AFTRA Primetime TV Contract.





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· 20/20 (ABC)
· 90210 (CW)
· AMERICAN IDOL (ABC)
· AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL (VH1)
· CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (HBO)
· DANCING WITH THE STARS (ABC)
· DEAL OR NO DEAL (CNBC)
· ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT (SYNDICATION)
· FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS (HBO)
· GARY UNMARRIED (CBS)
· HARPER'S ISLAND (CBS)
· OPRAH WINFREY SHOW, THE (SYNDICATION)
· REAPER (CW)
· ROMAN'S EMPIRE (ABC)
· RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (CBS)
· SURVIVOR (CBS)
· 'TIL DEATH (FOX)
· 'TIL DEATH (FOX)





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