SAG-AFTRA and the advertising industry have agreed to postpone their previously-scheduled early negotiations of the union's commercials agreement, the union announced Saturday. The existing agreement remains in place through March 31, 2013. The parties need more time, said the union, to address "data challenges" regarding a study that may result in a revamp of the commercials residuals system, referred to as Gross Ratings Points (GRP).
No date has been set for commercials negotiations, but the calendar makes it unlikely these will occur before mid-January, raising the possibility of a nail-biter. Big issues are likely to be GRP, pension and health contribution levels, and the increase in non-union work.
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