Bob Marley was in AFTRA (the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) and I got a check once for almost $6,000 for History of Rock Part I.
An AFTRA statement confirmed the issues' importance, calling the 1% increase the union's "primary objective" in the bargaining.
The contract under negotiation -- AFTRA's Network Code, colloquially referred to as the "front of book" -- is the union's largest, and generates more than $250 million a year in member earnings.
AFTRA's negotiations with the networks and television producers resume this week and the big issue, according to a source close to the process, is the same one that's bedeviled Hollywood labor for the past several years: health and retirement.
P.P.S. Full disclosure: I am a proud union member of four unions: the Directors Guild, the Writers Guild, the Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA the last two have passed resolutions supporting the workers in Wisconsin.
AFTRA and the television networks reached agreement on a new three-year contract today, with the new pact featuring now-standard 2% annual wage increases and an unusually large 1% increase in employer contributions to health and retirement.