AFTRA Ratifies 3-Year TV Contract
July 9, 2008 at 5:08 AM (PT)
The labor drama gripping HOLLYWOOD is now entering its final act after one actors group said its members ratified a new deal and the other prepared to turn down the major studios' final offer.
The AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TELEVISION AND RADIO ARTISTS said TUESDAY that its members had ratified a three-year prime-time TV contract with studios with 62% of voting members supporting it, after fierce opposition from the larger SCREEN ACTORS GUILD. The deal goes into effect retroactive to JULY 1st.
"In the face of that kind of attack, the percentage we ratified this by is really good," AFTRA President ROBERTA REARDON told reporters late TUESDAY.
AFTRA has 70,000 members including actors, singers, announcers and journalists. SAG and AFTRA share 44,000 dual members.