Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by David Robb on July 22, 2020.
SAG-AFTRA members have ratified their new film and TV contract, voting 74.2% to 25.8% to approve the three-year deal, with a turnout of 27.15% of the union’s 145,000 voting members.
The vote, which was widely viewed as a referendum on the guild’s leadership, is a major victory for president Gabrielle Carteris and national executive director David White, who touted the deal’s “record-breaking” $318 million in gains. They include a 26% increase in residuals from high-budget streaming shows, $54 million in additional funding for the union’s health plan and added sexual harassment and nude scene protections.
“I am grateful for the many members who got involved and used their voices to help set the priorities for this contract,” said Carteris, who chaired the guild’s negotiating committee. “This is a forward-thinking agreement that builds on the changing realities of the streaming business and positions our union to continue the fight for a safer workplace for all.” …