Friday, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) agreed to set plan to merge with the American Federation of Television, Radio, and Artists, ALF-CIO (AFTRA). The package reviewed prescribes the general layout of an agreement structuring the membership requirements, financial outlay, dues and attributive responsibilities of the union successor.
The National Board of Directors voted 87.1% in favor of the merger, at the SAG James Cagney Board Room in Los Angeles, California Guild headquarters. The combining of the AFTRA and SAG organizations, if approved will effect in a G1, “Group for One Union” designation. AFTRA’s National Board of Directors is scheduled to vote on the package after review Saturday.
AFTRA’s umbrella of actors, performers in media and broadcast have queued with television hire with industry and SAG’s actors traditionally with features and television obligatorily. If a tentative merger is agreed upon by both organizations, notification by referendum is scheduled for receipt by members of each organization for ratification.
The Screen Actors Guild will honour is best in profession with an Awards presentation this weekend. If SAG and AFTRA organization approve the package for G1 terms, the name proposed for the new union will be SAG-AFTRA.
The January 27, 2011 SAG completed resolution:
“It was moved and seconded that the National Board of Directors, on the recommendation of the Merger Task Force, approves the proposed Merger Agreement between Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and further approves the proposed SAG-AFTRA Constitution. The National Board directs that the proposed Constitution and Merger Agreement be submitted for membership approval by mailed ballot referendum, in cooperation with AFTRA. The referendum materials and ballot shall be mailed on or about February 27, 2012, with a ballot return and tabulation deadline of March 30, 2012.”
The Screen Actors Guild Awards® airs January 29th, 2012; live on TBS and TNT broadcast networks, 8 p.m. EDT, 5 p.m. PDT.