Monday, January 30, 2012

On the SAG-AFTRA Merger

The boys and girls in the acting community are finally doing what they should have done a long time ago:

The AFTRA board of directors Saturday approved a proposed merger with SAG, triggering a membership vote that could unite the unions by the end of March into a single union, to be called SAG-AFTRA. The move was expected and came a day after SAG’s board passed a similar motion.

The proposal, which includes a Merger Agreement and Constitution, was approved 94% to 6%. ...

[T]he proposal will be sent to the two unions’ membership for a vote on or about February 27, with a ballot return and tabulation deadline of March 3 ...

SAG and AFTRA came close to merger in 2003, but SAG couldn't close the deal because it fell 2% short of getting the required 60% approval. (A few old SAG officers were in the forefront against merger, and carried the day.) At the time, an IA officer said:

"I don't know what these people are thinking. SAG is losing the work, shooting on film is going away, and AFTRA is eating the Screen Actors Guild lunch. Funny thing, but actors -- like everybody else -- follow the work, not the union. This is not a good move."

Apparently, nine years later, SAG agrees and is changing course. And many of the dinosaurs who opposed a merger back in 2003 are now out of power, retired, or no longer among the living. So this time, a merger will likely go through. (It certainly seems the right move, but I guess we'll see.)


Anonymous said...

God forbid they should experience any lack of us.

Anonymous said...

Yeah. The individual members are involved enough to VOTE for change. Like SAG-AFTRA, the 839 is only as invested as their members are (which means not as much as they should be).

Steve Hulett said...

God forbid they should experience any lack of us.

A good way to begin increasing it is to come to tomorrow night's General Membership Meeting (7:00 -- 105 N. Hollywood Way. Burbank, CA.)

Another good way is to return this year's wage survey. And get more than 22% of fellow members to return the Annual Wage Survey.

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