SAG and AFTRA open up about merger plans
Hollywood's actors' unions are opening up about their proposed marriage agreement. The Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists on Tuesday posted details of a merger package overwhelmingly approved by their respective boards last weekend.
The package includes a merger agreement, constitution and dues plan for what would be Hollywood's largest entertainment union, combining actors as well as singers, dancers, talk show hosts and broadcast journalists under a single roof.
Members of SAG and AFTRA will get to vote on the plan in a referendum to be held in the coming weeks. Merger ballots are scheduled to be mailed out on or about Feb. 27 are due back by March 30, according to a recent email sent to members of both unions. At least 60% of voters must approve the merger for it to be ratified.
Under the plan, national officers, including the president and secretary-treasurer, would be elected directly by members. However, some other positions, including that of an executive vice president, would be elected by delegates at a convention held every two years, a concession to AFTRA's tradition of using conventions and delegates. SAG elects its officers directly by a vote of members.
Dues will increase for some members, including for current AFTRA-only members, and drop for others, including those who are already dual card holders. The new union will be called simply SAG-AFTRA.
For more details on the agreement, here's the full plan: SAG/AFTRA merger package
— Richard Verrier