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Bulletin: Information Request from SAG-AFTRA

We understand that some signatories to the Commercials Contracts received an information request from the Union.   The JPC has discussed the request with the Union.  It is our understanding that these requests are being sent to entities that are neither advertisers nor advertising agencies, and that the Union is looking to clarify what role such … Continue Reading

BULLETIN: AFTRA RETIREMENT FUND SENDING INFORMATION REQUEST TO JPC MEMBERS ON SIGNIFICANT DROP IN PENSION CONTRIBUTIONS

To address what it perceives as significant underfunding in its pension plan, the AFTRA Retirement Fund is actively sending information requests to Joint Policy Committee signatories whose contributions have declined over a three year period.  The attached bulletin discusses the Fund’s rationale and efforts, and suggests potential defenses JPC signatories can use in refuting the … Continue Reading

2013 SAG-AFTRA Contracts are Here!

At long last, the 2013 contracts are available. Although hard copies of the books are still being printed, the first digital versions of the Commercials Contract and Radio Recorded Commercials Contract are available. The digital documents will be updated with an index and reposted by the JPC and Union in the coming weeks.… Continue Reading

JPC and AFM Reach Agreement on New CBA

On June 5, 2014, the Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations (JPC) and the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) reached agreement on a new three-year collective bargaining agreement. Attached is the summary and MOA. The agreement is subject to ratification by AFM members.… Continue Reading

SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contract – Clarifications

After conclusion of the 2013 Commercials Contracts negotiations and subsequent ratification, several issues came under review by the JPC and SAG-AFTRA that warranted further discussion and clarification. (Those issues were previously outlined in 4A's Bulletin # 7545JPC, dated 8/6/13.) The JPC and SAG-AFTRA have reached final agreement on these outstanding items. Download a copy of the joint JPC/SAG-AFTRA memorandum for further information.… Continue Reading

Arbitrator Finds for SAG-AFTRA in Allocation Dispute: Signatory Ordered to Pay Additional Pension and Health Contributions to the SAG Plans

On March 18, an arbitrator ordered a signatory to the SAG 2009 Commercials Contract -- Talent Direct ("TD") -- to pay additional pension and health contributions to the SAG-Producers Pension and Health Plans (the "SAG Plans") after allocating less than the amounts set forth in the Allocation Guidelines. This arbitration ruling is the first of its kind since the institution of the Allocation Guidelines in 2009.… Continue Reading

SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contract – Update on Running Footage: Drivers

Special provisions for payment for drivers who are employed to provide services for "running footage" or "wild footage" for motor vehicle commercials have been in existence since 1992. Download an updated joint JPC/SAG-AFTRA bulletin, providing a recap of those provisions, which have been updated to reflect the current on-camera principal rate and the current number of extra zones.… Continue Reading

JPC Reminder: Ad-ID Compliance – SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contracts – NLT 3-31-14

The SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contracts mandate that all commercials produced under those Contracts for television, radio, Internet and New Media must use Ad-ID as the sole standard commercial identifier. The grace period to adopt Ad-ID ends on March 31, 2014. Time to transition is running out. You must complete the transition fully before the deadline to avoid noncompliance. Some companies have asked the JPC what they should do to ensure that they are compliant.… Continue Reading

AFofM Agreements to Expire on February 14, 2014

The collective bargaining agreement between the American Federation of Musicians (AFofM) and the advertising industry (as extended by the bargaining parties in 2012) will expire on February 14, 2014. What needs to be done? If your company is a Joint Policy Committee (JPC) authorizer, your company's interests in this agreement will be represented by the JPC in negotiations with the AFofM; no further action is required. If your company no longer wishes to be represented by the JPC in collective bargaining, you must withdraw your authorization from the JPC no later than December 14, 2013, by written notice to the JPC and a copy to the AFofM. Additionally, if you also wish to terminate your signatory status and adherence to the contract upon the expiration date, you must provide AFofM with sixty (60) days advance written notice of your desire to terminate the contract.… Continue Reading

JPC Bulletin re SAG-AFTRA Interpretations of 2013 Commercials Contract Provisions

This bulletin outlines several areas where the JPC disagrees with the Union's interpretation of the 2013 Commercials Contract provisions. The JPC and the Union are working to resolve their differences. In the interim, please notify the JPC by emailing Stacy Marcus at smarcus@reedsmith.com in the event that you receive a claim from the Union regarding any of the issues outlined in the bulletin.… Continue Reading

Reminder: Joint Policy Committee Seminar – July 10

On Wednesday, July 10, 2013, the ANA-4A's JPC will be conducting an in-person seminar in Boston to review the new provisions of the SAG-AFTRA 2013-2016 Commercials Contracts. This will be the last in the current series of regional JPC seminars regarding the new provisions. Stacy Marcus, Legal Counsel to the JPC will be leading the discussion. This seminar is open to all industry members and is geared to those industry professionals involved in paying actors under the collective bargaining agreements.… Continue Reading

Joint Policy Committee Seminar Hosted by Talent Partners

On Wednesday, July 10, 2013, the ANA-4A's JPC will be conducting an in-person seminar in Boston to review the new provisions of the SAG-AFTRA 2013-2016 Commercials Contracts. This will be the last in the current series of regional JPC seminars regarding the new provisions. Stacy Marcus, Legal Counsel to the JPC will be leading the discussion. This seminar is open to all industry members and is geared to those industry professionals involved in paying actors under the collective bargaining agreements.… Continue Reading

2013-2016 Rate Charts for the SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contracts

New 2013-2016 Compensation Rate Sheets, Tables and other supplemental rate-based materials have been drafted, verified and agreed to by the industry and the union. As a reminder, the effective date for any retroactive payments due to performers for compensation under these contracts as well as implementation of new working conditions and other non-economic provisions is no later than June 30, 2013. Please use the link below to view these materials.… Continue Reading
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