Telemundo Performers Get First Labor Contract (Corrected)

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By Paige Smith

Actors who appear in Telemundo Television Studios productions have a three-year labor contract after the national board of SAG-AFTRA gave final approval to the pact.

This is the first major television network to organize through an election process in more than 65 years, a spokesperson for the Screen Actors Guild American Federation of Television and Radio Artists told Bloomberg Law.

Telemundo performers will see guaranteed minimum wages for all contracted performer categories, as well as increases for those established wages at a rate of 1 to 2 percent annually, according to the union. Performers will also be eligible for SAG-AFTRA benefits, including a health and pension plan.

The board approved the deal July 21. It covers more than 600 telenovela performers, including actors, singers, dancers, and stunt performers in dramatic programming, a spokesperson said.

The approval is a result of 15 months of negotiations, after performers voted to unionize in March 2017.

“This first contract creates a solid foundation from which to build and speaks to the fact that we all deserve strong protections and respect,” SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said in a statement.

Telemundo’s parent company, NBCUniversal , declined to comment.

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