Actors’ Equity Association has announced the results of its elections for eight offices and 17 National Council seats.
Union members elected Nick Wyman for President, Paige Price as First Vice President, Rebecca Kim Jordan as Second Vice President, Ira Mont as Third Vice President, and Sandra Karas as Secretary-Treasurer. Each of these candidates ran uncontested for their respective offices and will serve three-year terms.
More information at the Actors’ Equity site. Backstage.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that opposition to the recently negotiated AMPTP-IATSE/Teamsters deal has surfaced. There is some doubt whether it will be enough to sink the deal.
Five weeks after beginning talks with the AMPTP, a consortium of below-the-line unions including IATSE locals and Teamsters Local 399 has reached tentative agreement on a new three-year master contract, Variety reports. The deal comes four months before the current contracts were set to expire on July 31, 2012.
For the first time, union members will have to contribute to health plan coverage, but only in the case of members with dependents. A key issue in the negotiations was how to cover an expected $400 million shortfall in pension and health plans.
The new deal includes 2% wage increases each year.
Further details from The Hollywood Reporter, which notes that individual contracts with a number of crafts remain to be finalized.