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June 2, 2009

The New York SAG Board (APR. 3, 2009)

A Message from New York Division President Sam Freed

To the New York Membership:
 A tentative deal has been reached on our Commercials Contract.  The proposed contract, unanimously approved by the joint negotiating committee, must now go to the joint Boards of both SAG and AFTRA for approval and then be ratified by the membership.  
 This negotiation marks a tremendous accomplishment for both our unions and the industry.  We should all be incredibly proud and thankful for the work done by the joint committee that consisted of both elected and volunteer members.  The national Chairs of the Committee, New York Secretary Treasurer Sue Anne Morrow for SAG and National President Roberta Reardon for AFTRA should be especially congratulated for their leadership.  Lead negotiators John McGuire, Mathis Dunn and Ray Rodriguez were equally masterful in negotiating a deal that will serve our membership for the next 3 years.
 You will be provided with more details about the proposed contract once the joint Boards approve it.  But in short this deal preserves Class A residuals, increases minimums across the board, increases pension and health contributions and sets standards for the internet and new media.
 The solid gains in this proposal are made even more phenomenal considering the economic atmosphere in which they were made. I am eager to present them to you for your consideration and ratification.
 We are moving forward.
 In Solidarity,
 Sam Freed
 New York Division President


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