Screen Actors Guild Board OKs Step Towards AFTRA Merger
May 3, 2011 at 4:26 AM (PT)
The board of the SCREEN ACTORS GUILD unanimously approved on SATURDAY (4/30) a mission statement for a consolidated union with the AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TELEVISION AND RADIO ARTISTS, taking a step closer towards the long-debated merger of the two entertainment industry artists' unions. SAG's action establishes a Merger Task Force to meet with AFTRA by JUNE to launch a plan to merge the unions into a new successor union. AFTRA's board is scheduled to vote on a similar resolution on MAY 14th.
SAG President KEN HOWARD (star of "THE WHITE SHADOW" and presently recurring as the head of "Kabletown" on "30 ROCK") said, The message from SAG and AFTRA members across the country has been clear -- they want this done as soon as possible. If our boards approve the merger plan in JANUARY, our members will make the final decision through a referendum vote less than a year from now. I'm proud that we've taken a major step today, and I'm extremely grateful for the unanimous support of the SAG National Board. I also want to thank AFTRA National President ROBERTA REARDON, whose remarkable leadership has been essential in bringing us to this point."
SAG National Secretary-Treasurer AMY AQUINO (most recently recurring as a judge on "HARRY'S LAW" said, "As treasurer, and as a member of both unions, I could not be more heartened. Not only will creation of one union increase our bargaining leverage, it will allow us to pool our resources to give members the protection they need by actively enforcing contracts and organizing new work."