A recent about the SAG-AFTRA “It's About Time” campaign to create fair working conditions and practices for talent. It is time to celebrate because a deal has been reached! According to the Hollywood Reporter, this is the first-ever industry-wide agreement covering dancers in music videos. Here are some key terms of the agreement:
• A minimum daily rate for dancers (the union did not indicate the rate)
• Reuse fees (the formula was not described)
• A 12.5-percent contribution to AFTRA health and retirement for all covered performers
• Guaranteed production conditions, including water, toilets, chairs and shelters
• Improved audition conditions, including notification to performers (or their representatives) of start times; individual audition times no longer than four hours; suitable shelter provided during auditions; and fees for scale and reuse.
• 12-hour rest periods between call times, including rehearsals, makeup and wardrobe
• Safety protections and additional compensation for hazardous performances
• Wardrobe allowance
• Union access to auditions, rehearsals and productions
• A binding grievance and arbitration process
• A joint labor-management committee to resolve issues as they arise and to assess employment patterns and other matters over the term of the contract Union members reached out and started a campaign that made their voices heard.
The union responded to negotiate these terms. Does the final agreement between production companies and SAG-AFTRA make union members happy?