I am pleased to announce we’ve reached a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers Association on the most recent Basic Theatrical Motion Picture and Basic Television Motion Picture contracts. After the initial 10 days of negotiations in January, we returned to the bargaining table February 21 and 22 determined to secure our core demands. And in the early hours of February 23, we did it! We have secured historic breakthroughs in streaming residuals, established critical guardrails against the misuse of AI, gained meaningful wage increases, and secured other important gains. The agreement, unanimously recommended by the bargaining committee, represents a significant victory for musicians working in film and television.
I want to congratulate the negotiating team, the steering committee and all the bargaining unit members who supported our campaign and commend them on their undiminished commitment to fighting for a contract that fairly compensates us for our invaluable contributions to film and TV. The AFM Fair Share for Musicians committee’s dedication and resolve ensured that the needs of AFM members were heard and addressed. It was this resolve, solidarity, and commitment that enabled our union to get the respect, compensation, and protection we all deserve. This was a data driven negotiation, but our bargaining positions were strengthened by our team members’ real life experiences and the intimate knowledge of the work that we do.
I also want to thank our staff and legal counsel for their tireless work and assiduity that enabled us to accomplish our goals. Everyone’s hard work is a testament to the commitment to making the lives of all musicians better and raising the standards for our agreements.
We were not alone in these negotiations and were proud to have the full backing of fellow unions: SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, Teamsters, and the Writers Guild of America. It was yet another powerful reminder that, when we have solidarity in the labor movement, we can achieve great things.
Earlier in January, we reached a tentative agreement with representatives of the Broadway League and Disney Theatrical Productions for new Pamphlet B and Short Engagement Touring (SET) contracts. We are now finalizing the documents and will send them out to the bargaining unit in the coming weeks. Our members who work under these touring contracts will see many improvements, including salary, health care, and pension contributions.
It was the hard work and input of our negotiating team and our staff that provided the strength and representation needed to achieve our goals in these negotiations.
Once language is finalized on both agreements, they will be sent to the respective bargaining unit members for ratification. We are proud to have achieved groundbreaking success in these negotiations and look forward to the ratification of these agreements by the members who work under these contracts.
But in the meantime, let’s celebrate these victories! These successful negotiations are a testament to our talent and dedication to solidarity. Together, we’ve reinforced the value of our contribution and artistry to the entertainment industry.Read More