AFTRA Basic Cable Deals Better Than SAG’s ‘TV Land’ Pact

For a number of years, AFTRA basic cable deals paid lower residuals than SAG’s, which was one trigger of open warfare between the unions in 2007-2008. The conflict led to a breakdown in joint bargaining and a year-long period where SAG worked under an expired contract.

At the time, AFTRA said the point of doing such deals was to organize productions and then later raise rates. There was no way to know how the strategy would play out, and SAG leaders at the time, who are anti-merger advocates today, scoffed at that explanation.

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