SAG-AFTRA and Telemundo have reached an agreement in principle for a new three-year contract, the union announced on Tuesday. The agreement will now go to the executive committee of the performers’ union for ratification.
The tentative agreement includes an increase in night rest periods from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., except for on-site work, additional language on sexual harassment and hearing safety and an increase in the current contribution rate to the pension plan. health and pension of 0.5% once the contract is terminated.
“The fact that Telemundo is the largest employer of Spanish-speaking talent in the United States makes this agreement all the more meaningful and impactful,” SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher said in a statement. “It contains significant and tangible gains — both in terms of security provisions and compensation — that can improve members’ quality of life. Thanks to Chief Negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland for his excellent work on behalf of the members. »
Other adjustments to the contract in this round of negotiations include annual increases of 3% in the minimum compensation per year, an additional residual payment for the distribution of “moving” on Peacock, the implementation of “most” of the directives in the AMPTP and Hollywood unions’ back-to-work agreement, new timelines for reporting and paying backlogs, new fee incurred for late backpayments, and “enhanced” penalties for mealtime violations.
The Telemundo Syndicate is relatively new, as Telemundo artists voted to unionize with SAG-AFTRA in 2017 and the union’s board ratified its first Telemundo deal in 2018. The Telemundo union vote, SAG-AFTRA said at the time, was the biggest union election for actors since the 1950s.
“I am extremely proud of the results of this negotiation, which reflects the commitment and perseverance of the members of the bargaining committee, led by National President Pablo Azar, who also chaired the first contract negotiations in 2017-2018,” said SAG-AFTRA National. executive director and chief negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland said in a statement. “My most sincere thanks to Pablo and all the members of the committee. I would also like to thank our exceptional team of employees and lawyers, whose creativity and dedication have helped us find this path. I also want to thank Telemundo and their lead negotiator Bill Zuckerman for stepping up and meaningfully responding to the concerns and proposals raised by our members.