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AFTRA and SAG Union’s going forward with merging

02.12.12

FEBRUARY 2012, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

AFTRA and SAG Union’s going forward with merging

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

LEHIGH VALLEY, January 20th- The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) International Union’s have reached a consensus on merging the two entertainment labor organizations.

Officials for the two union’s met for nine days in Los Angles in January and a Merger Package was approved and will now be sent to the respective boards of AFTRA and SAG for approval.

Details of the proposed merger package will not be released prior to the AFTRA and SAG board meetings. AFTRA board members willmeet on January 27th and if needed January 28th. Both labor organizations are headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

Both union’s are affiliated with the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) labor federation in Washington, DC.

“What we have accomplished over the last year is tremendously gratifying. We are confident our members will agree that we have created something we can all be proud of, actors, singers, broadcasters, dancers, voiceover artists, background actors, stuntpersons and all entertainment and media professionals that will be represented by this new union,” SAG National President Ken Howard stated.

“The consensus process allowed our G1 (Group for One Union), members to fully discuss, debate and reach agreement on critical provisions that form a strong foundation for a single union that will protect and strengthen the future for all our members,” Mr. Howard added.

The Screen Actors Guild is the nation’s largest labor union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has stood up to studios to break long-term engagement contracts in the 1940’s to fighting for actists’ rights amid the digital revolution sweeping the entertainment industry.

SAG has 20 Branches nationwide, and represents more than 125,000 actors who work in film and didital motion pictures and television programs, commercials, video games, industries, internet and new media formats.

AFTRA has 32 Local Union’s across the nation representing 70,000 professional performers. Their members work as actors, broadcasters, singers, dancers, announcers, hosts, comedians, disc jockeys, and other performers across the media industries including television, radio, cable, sound recordings, music videos, commercials, audio books, non-broadcast industries, interactive games, the internet and other digital media.

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