Last week’s merging of the Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) essentially created the largest Hollywood entertainment union. With an overwhelming majority in favor of the merge, many members feel the mergence will provide stronger and more reliable benefits.
LA Times writes: “In an resounding show of support, SAG members voted 82% in favor of the merger, while AFTRA members voted 86% in favor. That was well above the 60% threshold needed for the combination to take effect.”
Hollywood Reporter writes: “With this historic vote, members of both unions have affirmed one of the most basic principles of unionism: Together we are stronger,” Howard said. “This merger, the result of months – really years – of planning, brings together the best elements of both unions and positions us well to thrive in the changing 21st-century media landscape.”