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Boston Actors Wait For Contract Vote Results

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The country's largest actors union releases the results of a contentious contract vote Tuesday night. In the Boston area, about 2,000 film and TV actors are watching closely.

The Screen Actor's Guild has been aggressively negotiating a two-year contract with an alliance of key television and film executives.

The sides broke a deadlock last month with a tentative agreement.

Doug Bowen Flynn, the Guild's Boston Branch President, says he hopes membership will ratify the contract so he and other actors can get work as more studios opt to shoot here.

"For the Massachusetts actor, that's work that can't happen until the contract is ratified," Flynn explains. "And for the Massachusetts economy, that's millions of dollars."

If ratified, the new contract would increase pay and residuals, along with pension and health benefits.

The most divisive issue has been actors rights related to original content made specifically for the web.

This program aired on June 9, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

Andrea Shea Twitter Senior Arts Reporter
Andrea Shea is WBUR's arts reporter.

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