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The Walt Disney Company and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) have reached a tentative new contract agreement to amend existing provisions. The deal is the result of more than two months of negotiations between the performers union and Disney-ABC Television Group.

The Walt Disney Company and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) have reached a tentative new contract agreement to amend existing provisions. The deal is the result of more than two months of negotiations between the performers union and Disney-ABC Television Group.

The union’s Local 47, which represents nearly 500 actors and singers in the Davenport Theater at Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., has a contract that has expired. The new contract, if ratified by members, would set a precedent for contracts to amend expiration terms to avoid overlap with other union agreements. The contract would also strengthen health and pension provisions for actors and provide for a new retroactive payment policy for past rostered work in perpetuity.

“Today’s tentative agreement is a win for our members and for the performers in our industry,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. “It provides them with their fair share of the value created by their work on the productions they perform in — and continues to protect the performers in perpetuity.”

Added Michael Winship, President of the Performers Committee at SAG-AFTRA: “The new contract enhances health and pension benefits and increases compensation for members. It is expected to put our members on par with the best work in our industry and at the same time it is likely to produce more premium business for our people.”

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