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AFTRA Ready to talk code
Topic Started: Sep 10 2007, 11:46 PM (391 Views)
Steve Frame
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AFTRA ready to talk code
Leaders prep for contract negotiations


By DAVE MCNARY

Leaders of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists have launched official preparations for negotiating the union's network code contract.

AFTRA announced Friday that it's launching its "wages and working conditions" process to develop proposals and negotiation strategy over the next six weeks.

Current contract, which expires Jan. 31, covers about $400 million in annual earnings from dramatic programs in syndication or outside primetime, daytime serial dramas, gameshows, talkshows, variety and musical programs, news, sports, reality shows, and promotional announcements. Notable programs include "Good Morning America," "The View," "The Price Is Right," "Days of Our Lives," "Oprah," "Entertainment Tonight," "American Idol," "20/20" and "Late Show With David Letterman."

"Wages and working conditions" meetings will be held in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, Miami and other markets. The proposals will be reviewed for adoption by the AFTRA national board on Oct. 20.

AFTRA prexy Roberta Reardon said key issues will include the impact of new-media platforms, working conditions and health and pension benefits.

AFTRA hasn't set a date for starting talks with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers. It agreed earlier to extend the current three-year deal from Nov. 15 to Jan. 31 in order to avoid a conflict with the WGA negotiations, which resume Sept. 19.

AFTRA's 2004 deal for the current net code pact featured a significant boost in employer contributions to the AFTRA health plan, which has been hit by soaring costs.
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Steve Frame
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If wages are forced to go up that can't be good for any of the daytime programs except for maybe Y&R, B&B, and maybe GH.
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SteveFrame
Sep 10 2007, 11:46 PM
If wages are forced to go up that can't be good for any of the daytime programs except for maybe Y&R, B&B, and maybe GH.

How would it not hurt them, as well?
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Their budgets are a little better and all 3 have had some success in recent sweeps periods which means advertising dollars will be better for them next year.

Days and other shows have failed during recent sweeps periods which means next year advertising dollars will go down for them. These changes will take place then.

GH has had the best recent sweeps so I think it will hurt them the least of all the shows.

There are just certain shows you hear more about tight budgets. You hardly ever hear those words with these 3 shows.
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Ah, I see. After thinking about it, that's what I figured was the reason.
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bellcurve
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There's no way in hell daytime will survive any strike of any kind whatsoever.

But I also hope the AFTRA people are smart and realize that asking for more means our favorite shows potentially getting the axe, our favorite actors may be out of jobs, etc. The shows are NOT going to inflate their budget because of AFTRA.
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The sad thing is that the daytime performers may realize that but this affects shows that don't have tight budgets either and syndicated programs and stuff. Those performers are going to fight for what they want and soaps be damned.
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The soaps have a certain budget. If they are forced to pay more for actors, the solution will be to cut the actors. People will lose their jobs. The scale is also a big thing because soap vets make a lot more. I understand the purpose of unions but I'm not a union guy.
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