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SAG, AFTRA Offer Info on Deal

SAG, AFTRA Offer Info on Deal
The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Screen Actors Guild have scheduled informational meetings on the tentative commercials contract. In Los Angeles, a meeting will be held May 12 at 7 p.m. in the James Cagney Board Room at SAG, 5757 Wilshire Blvd. The New York meeting will take place May 14 at 6 p.m. in the Eddie Cantor Board Room at AFTRA, 260 Madison Ave. (between East 38th and 39th streets).

The following regional meetings have also been scheduled (see for locations):

  • ‑Atlanta, May 11, 7 p.m.; Chicago, May 11, 6 p.m.; Cleveland, May 11, 1 p.m.; Dallas/Fort Worth, May 11, 11:30 a.m.; Detroit, May 11, 6:30 p.m.; Houston, May 8, 1:30 p.m.; Kansas City, Mo., May 11, 6 p.m.; Miami, May 7, 7 p.m.; Minneapolis/St. Paul, May 11, 6:30 p.m.; Orlando, Fla., May 14, 2 p.m.; Philadelphia, May 12, 2:30 p.m.; Portland, Ore., May 11, 2 p.m.; San Francisco, May 13, 7 p.m.; Seattle, May 14, 12:30 p.m.; St. Louis, May 11, 6 p.m.; Washington, D.C./Baltimore, May 11, 5:30 p.m., and May 13, 11 a.m.

The deal was unanimously approved by the unions' national boards last month. Ratification ballots were mailed April 30; they must be returned in the supplied envelope and received in Everett, Wash., no later than May 21 at 5 p.m. PDT. Ballots cannot be sent to SAG or AFTRA offices. They will be counted May 21.

TV-Film Contract: SAG has announced that ratification ballots for its proposed new TV-film contract will be mailed to members on May 19. Actors whose dues are fully paid are eligible to vote; ballots are due by June 9. A simple majority of yes votes is required for passage. Included with the ballots will be two recommendations: one to vote yes, which comes from SAG's national board of directors, and one to vote no, which comes from a majority of members of the local Hollywood board. Results will be announced within hours of the deadline, said a SAG spokeswoman.

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