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Hollywood directors ratify contract

  |   Jan. 19, 2011 at 3:00 AM
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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The Directors Guild of America says its membership voted to ratify a collective bargaining pact with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

DGA President Taylor Hackford made the announcement Tuesday.

"The extraordinarily positive response by DGA members demonstrates their support for the new contract," Hackford said in a statement. "We achieved significant gains including a sizable increase in contributions on regular compensation, first-time ever contributions on completion of assignment pay and vacation pay, and the establishment of a new tier in basic cable, among other important gains. I'm proud of what this guild has achieved and pleased to see the strength and unity of our membership as illustrated by this vote."

Negotiations with AMPTP began Nov. 16 and concluded Dec. 7. The new contract's three-year term will take effect July 1, 2011, and will run through June 30, 2014.

"The ratification by DGA members is more good news for our industry as we work to recover from the historic recession," the AMPTP said in a separate statement. "The kind of management-labor stability that we are now achieving will help us create new jobs both in our industry and in the many companies that rely on our industry for business. The new agreement will also strengthen the DGA benefit plans at a critical time and ensure that they remain a vital resource for members."

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