Hollywood’s two big acting unions just took another step toward a significant merger. The National Board of Directors of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, or AFTRA — which oversees more than 70,000 actors, broadcasters, singers, and dancers — voted Saturday to recommend a merger with the Screen Actors Guild by 94 percent. The vote comes a day after the SAG National Board of Directors voted in favor of approving the merger package by 87 percent.
Members of AFTRA and SAG (which oversees 120,000 members) will now vote on the merger after Feb. 27. More than 60 percent of the actors need to approve it in order to create a merged union that would be called SAG-AFTRA.
SAG National President Ken Howard said in a release:
This is a terrific outcome and I offer my sincere thanks and congratulations to AFTRA’s National Board and National President Roberta Reardon. Professional performers are now an important step closer to the strongest union representation possible. Just as our boards have, I believe our members will decisively approve this merger and that SAG-AFTRA will be a leader in shaping the entertainment and media industries.
The proposed merger is expected to be addressed at tonight’s SAG Awards that will be telecast on TNT. READ FULL STORY »