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more-than-minimum vs. tech bump
« on: Jan 16, 2007, 10:45 am »
Here's a question I'm happy to have.

Most AEA contracts include an extra 1/6th weekly salary for the stage manager during Tech Week.  So, for an easy-math hypothetical situation, a contract with a minimum salary of $360 a week pays the stage manager ($360 + $60 =) $420 for Tech Week.

What if you've been hired for more than minimum salary?  What if the company is paying you $420 a week already?  Do you still get the additional 1/6th for Tech ($420 + $70 =) $490?  Or is the producer fulfilling their responsibility to AEA by paying you 1/6th more than minimum at $420, and no longer needs to pay a tech week bump?
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Re: more-than-minimum vs. tech bump
« Reply #1 on: Jan 16, 2007, 01:15 pm »
My two cents ~

It depends on the actual wording of the contract being worked on.

In LORT, it states that SM's and ASM's, in addition to their contractual salary, will be paid an additional 1/6 of contractual salary. HAT and Mid-Size say 2/8's of contractual in addition to contractual salary.
As always, call your local Equity office and ask the Business Rep who handles the contract you'll be working on.

And then - negotiate!

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Re: more-than-minimum vs. tech bump
« Reply #2 on: Jan 16, 2007, 03:43 pm »
and "contractual salary" refers to the higher salary one has negotiated for, not the minimum salary specified by the contract, right?
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Re: more-than-minimum vs. tech bump
« Reply #3 on: Jan 16, 2007, 07:09 pm »
and "contractual salary" refers to the higher salary one has negotiated for, not the minimum salary specified by the contract, right?

It depends on the specific wording in the contract.  Some specifically state "contractual salary," which would be the salary that you are being paid for the production, whereas some state "current AEA minimum salary."  Contacting your AEA rep regarding this issue will be your best bet. 

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Re: more-than-minimum vs. tech bump
« Reply #4 on: Jan 17, 2007, 01:44 am »
In answer to hbelden's question, "contractual salary" is whatever amount you have agreed to work for through negotiation (your gross weekly pay before deductions) and "minmum salary" is the amount listed in the Equity rulebook.  The exact rules may/will vary between types of contract (LORT/HAT/midsized/stock/etc.).  In specific, if the contract you are working under calls for a tech week bump you'll get it even if you are working for an amount over the minimum salary.  How much that bump will be (a fraction/percentage of either contractual or minimum salary) is up to the specific wording in the rulebook.  VSM is absolutely right in encouraging you to check with your Equity Business Rep for the correct information.

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