SAG, AFTRA Boards Approve Union Merger
January 30, 2012 at 3:51 AM (PT)
The merger of the SCREEN ACTORS GUILD and AFTRA will now go to the rank and file, as the boards of both unions have approved the proposed merger. SAG's board passed a motion to approve the merger in an 87.1%-to-12.9% vote on FRIDAY, and AFTRA's board approved the proposed Merger Agreement and Constitution in a 94%-to-6% vote. The membership vote will start on or about FEBRUARY 27th, with ballots due and tabulation to be finished by MARCH 30th.
At the nationally-televised SCREEN ACTORS GUILD Awards show SUNDAY, SAG President KEN HOWARD called the merger a "historic moment of unity." AFTRA President ROBERTA REARDON, in a statement issued earlier that day, said, "I applaud the AFTRA National Board for their overwhelming approval of this historic merger package. The partnership we formed on the G1 was one of collegiality and consensus that went into laying the foundation for a new union. This plan embodies the thoughtful work and valuable perspectives from large and small markets across the nation of many working actors, broadcast professionals, recording artists and other performers who all worked together in solidarity through the G1. I thank the G1 for their good work, and the National Boards for their approval and we will now present this plan to the members of AFTRA and SAG for their review and approval. We now have the opportunity to finally stand united through one union to secure more union work and better benefits for our members, and for the generations of entertainment and media professionals who follow us."