The “Saturday Night Live” post-production crew at NBC voted overwhelmingly to approve their first-ever union contract, which would provide salary raises for all members of the unit immediately and prevent a walkout from happening on April 1.
The voting occurred during a Wednesday 22 March, night meeting between the cast and editors from the Editors Guild. The new term of the deal begins this month and continues through the summer of 2026.
“The solidarity and bravery of this team are simply so astounding,” said Cathy Repola, National Executive Director of the Editors Guild. They pushed for better working conditions not only for themselves but for everyone who comes after them at this landmark of TV comedy. It was a privilege to collaborate with them to reach this landmark agreement.
Workers can anticipate a 60% salary increase as a result of the pact, on top of ratification bonuses paid out right away. Starting with the show’s return from hiatus next week, the whole cast and crew will receive raises ranging from 7.5% to 33.5%.
Due to the irregular schedule of the long-running NBC sketch show, the contract will include health insurance, as well as food, lodging, and transportation benefits for the crew. The staff also agreed to actively foster an environment that values and celebrates diversity.
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It was announced last week that the parties had struck a provisional agreement, and now that agreement has been ratified. The 12–20-person crew is represented by IATSE Local 700 and was formerly affiliated with the Motion Picture Editing Guild. They initially stated that contract talks would begin in October.
Union contracts have been in place for quite some time with most of their show coworkers. Workers that assist in the production of music video parodies and other popular pre-taped elements of the show have previously been unrepresented and paid at rates significantly below industry standards.
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