AFTRA boosts initiation fee

TV, Radio Artists to be back in black

The American Federation of Television & Radio Artists, citing costs of organizing and ongoing budget pressures, has announced it will increase its initiation fee to $1,200 as of Nov. 1.

AFTRA last raised the initiation fee in 1997, from $800 to the current $1,000. A spokeswoman said the increased focus on organizing non-union operations and delays in seeking approval of a dues hike prompted the move.

The fee increase was approved in August by the national convention delegates but not announced at that point. The org’s leaders said at the time that finances for AFTRA, which has been operating at a deficit, had improved significantly and promised the org will be in the black in its coming fiscal year.

AFTRA dues were last hiked in 1999 following the defeat of the proposed merger between AFTRA and the Screen Actors Guild. AFTRA reps about 80,000 members with about half of those also belonging to SAG, which hiked its initiation fee to $1,152 in 1998.

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