SAG, AFTRA Members Approve Merger
March 30, 2012 at 2:18 PM (PT)
Members of the AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TELEVISION AND RADIO ARTISTS (AFTRA) and SCREEN ACTORS GUILD (SAG) have overwhelmingly voted to approve a merger, creating a new entity, SAG-AFTRA. SAG members voted 82% in favor of the merger; AFTRA members favored the merger with 86%. Both exceeded the 60% threshold needed for passage.
The merger is effective immediately, and brings together more than 150,000 actors, announcers, broadcasters journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals.
"With this historic vote, members of both unions have affirmed one of the most basic principles of unionism: Together we are stronger," said SAG-AFTRA National Co-Pres. KEN HOWARD. "This merger, the result of months -- really years -- of planning, brings together the best elements of both unions and positions us well to thrive in the changing 21st-century media landscape."
"The merger of these two unions is a huge victory for our members, and it is a monumental achievement for the labor movement," said SAG-AFTRA National Co-Pres. ROBERTA REARDON. "As this vote today proves, great and transformative things are possible when working Americans stand together and shape their collective destiny through their union. I applaud every member who voted, and invite all members, locally and nationally, to join with us in building a successor union worthy of AFTRA and SAG."
The official vote totals:
105,368 number of ballots mailed; 53% returned.
65,744 number of ballots mailed; 51.7% returned.