AFTRA, SAG Reconvene Merger Talks
January 24, 2011 at 3:22 PM (PT)
A move to merge the two actor and broadcasters unions is back in gear, as the L.A. TIMES reports that the board of the AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TELEVISION AND RADIO ARTISTS (AFTRA) voted to continue a series of meetings with the leadership of the SCREEN ACTORS GUILD (SAG) about forming a joint union.
The L.A. TIMES reports that the board set a MAY 14th deadline for a union committee to make a series of recommendations on a formal process for establishing a successor union that would represent actors and other performers.
Both union presidents have been holding a series of meetings with members around the country to discuss the topic. SAG represents 125,000 actors while AFTRA has a membership of 70,000 that includes actors, news broadcasters and recording artists. About 40,000 actors belong to both unions, .
"Our world of work is very different than it was the last time we tried to bring our unions together, so any new, successor union we hope to create must also be different, and to do that successfully, we must be guided by a clear vision for the future,'' AFTRA Pres. ROBERTA REARDON said in a statement. "As we continue and advance this ambitious project in partnership with the SCREEN ACTORS GUILD, I urge all AFTRA members -- performers, recording artists and broadcasters -- to imagine not just how good, but how much better we can be together."