New SAG-AFTRA 2019 Corporate/Educational & Non-Broadcast Contract protects against harassment
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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

New SAG-AFTRA 2019 Corporate/Educational & Non-Broadcast Contract protects against harassment

By Pamela Wolf, J.D.

The new contract prohibits auditions in hotel rooms.

There is no doubt that the #MeToo movement continues to register its power and impact. On the same day that legendary film producer Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison by a federal judge in Manhattan after a jury found him guilty of first-degree criminal sex act and third-degree rape, the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) announced that its recently approved 2019 Corporate/Educational & Non-Broadcast Contract contains anti-harassment language based on the union’s Code of Conduct and Guideline No.1.

No auditions in hotel rooms. Notably, the new contract’s harassment-prevention language explicitly prohibits auditions in hotel rooms—a venue said by some of Weinstein’s alleged victims to be the place where they were sexually harassed or abused.

"This new contract adopted the sexual harassment language we created and recognizes that on-set safety is paramount for our members," said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. "This agreement also ensures that our members today and in the future are protected from digitally generated performances underpinning the multitude of ways that work has transformed in this industry."

More about the new contract. The Corporate/Educational & Non-Broadcast Contract covers public relations, sales promotion, and training films made for initial use to the public, schools, conventions, seminars, museums, in retail stores, and for internet use. It also covers audio-only content, such as telephone messages and audio used in consumer products.

Highlights of the new, three-year agreement include:

  • A 3 percent increase on all compensation effective December 1, 2019, plus an additional 3 percent increase on all compensation effective May 1, 2021.
  • An increase in the health and retirement fund contribution rates of .75 percent, for a total of 17.25 percent.
  • Language prohibiting the use of performers’ voices and images to create a digitally generated performance.

The agreement is effective November 1, 2019 through October 21, 2022.

SAG-AFTRA represents about 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists, and other entertainment and media professionals. An affiliate of the AFL-CIO, SAG-AFTRA has national offices in Los Angeles and New York and local offices nationwide.

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