SAG, AFTRA Reps Reach Merger Agreement, Pending Board And Member Votes
January 16, 2012 at 3:33 PM (PT)
The AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TELEVISION AND RADIO ARTISTS and the SCREEN ACTORS GUILD have reached agreement on a merger proposal that will be sent to the two unions' members for a vote. The combined union would be known as SAG-AFTRA UNITED if the merger goes through, with a vote expected within the coming months.
Details of the plan, finalized after nine days of meetings of the AFTRA and SAG Group for One Union (G1), were not released and are being held until after upcoming board meetings; the national boards of SAG and AFTRA are set to vote on the last weekend of JANUARY -- SAG on JANUARY 27th-28th and AFTRA on JANUARY 28th and, if needed, the 29th -- on approval for sending the merger deal to members. The merger will need to pass with 60% of the vote to be approved.
"What we have accomplished over the last year is tremendously gratifying. We are confident our members will agree that we have created something we can all be proud of -- actors, singers, broadcasters, dancers, voiceover artists, background actors, stunt persons and all entertainment and media professionals that will be represented by this new union. The consensus process allowed our G1 members to fully discuss, debate and reach agreement on critical provisions that form a strong foundation for a single union that will protect and strengthen the future for all our members," said SAG National Pres. KEN HOWARD and AFTRA National Pres. ROBERTA REARDON.