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Innovative New Commercials Contracts Await Member Approval T he National Board unanimously approved the proposed Commercials Contracts on April 13, and now it's your turn to weigh in. The new contracts modernize and improve the way performers will be paid for their work in commercials, and all it takes to become a reality is members' stamp of approval. In a message to members, SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris and SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director David White, who served as negotiating chair and chief negotiator, respectively, said, "We work to protect and expand members' contractual gains. We are proud to have helped create this important benchmark that clearly speaks to the needs of the membership and the evolution of our industry." The 2019 Commercials Contracts are landmark agreements for a new era, introducing innovative and flexible alternative compensation models that specifically address the realities of the modern advertising business while preserving and enhancing opportunities for actors to sustain a professional career. On April 13, the SAG-AFTRA National Board met and reviewed the agreements, voting to approve and recommend a "yes" vote. The details of the new agreements have been sent to members. Highlights include: • New Upfront Use Packages provide performers with substantial upfront payments, creating simple, flexible and predictable structures for employers that position SAG-AFTRA to cover more work opportunities under the contract. • Across-the-board wage increases of 6 percent (applicable to all categories of work, including background). • Increased funding to the health Continues on page 68 Vote yes today at

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