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For Members N E W S , I N F O R M AT I O N A N D B E N E F I T S IMPORTANT GAINS HIGHLIGHT 2015 CONTRACTS T wo contracts have been approved so far in 2015. In April, the SAG-AFTRA National Board ratified a new Corporate/ Educational & Non-Broadcast contract, while in January members ratified a new Network Television Code contract. Corporate/Educational & Non-Broadcast The new three-year contract for the SAG-AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Corporate/Educational & Non-Broadcast Recorded Material was ratified by the National Board at its April 18 meeting and includes a 3-percent increase immediately in minimum compensation during the term of the agreement and a 3-percent increase effective on Nov. 1, 2016. The contract also includes a 0.5-percent increase to the employer contribution rate for the health and retirement funds effective on the first day of the new contract. The new agreement includes important gains for background actors in salary and wardrobe fees; an almost 80-percent increase for the first hour of interactive voice recording; and a change from five years to three years in the Category II program use period, resulting in a 40-percent decrease in the number of years a program can be used, a real gain for members working under the contract. The agreement was reached on April 8 with the Producers Group and covers public relations, sales promotion and training | Spring 2015 | SAG-AFTRA 11 Dear Member: The 2015 SAG-AFTRA biennial convention will be held Oct. 1-4 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Los Angeles. Under the theme "Educate, Engage, Empower," your convention delegates will meet to consider constitutional questions, review and act on resolutions, elect leadership, and discuss and debate important issues. The union's biennial convention reflects the importance of member involvement and leadership. And that's where you come in. As a member of SAG-AFTRA, you have the possibility of serving your union as a delegate at the convention. Hundreds of delegates from across the country, representing all 25 locals, will attend, along with officers and National Board members and local presidents elected this summer. If you would like to be a convention delegate representing your local, contact your local office for eligibility details and information on obtaining a nominating petition. To find out how to serve as a New York or Los Angeles local delegate, read through the following pages on nomination and election rules. Convention delegates represent your interests, vote for leadership and consider resolutions and amendments to the SAG-AFTRA Constitution. During the three days of convention general sessions, delegates will elect the executive vice president and the vice presidents representing geographic areas and member categories. Information on how to run for these offices can be found on the following pages as well. Other convention highlights include keynote speeches, presentations and workshops, and opportunities to network with fellow members from across the nation. As the convention draws closer, and during the event itself, we will continue to keep members informed of all developments. Make sure the union has your email address and other contact information, and follow along on social media so you can be the first to know about convention planning details. See you in Los Angeles this October! In unity, David White, National Executive Director Call to Convention Continues on page 19

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