Slate strongly supports SAG merger with AFTRA
Tom Hanks and Alec Baldwin have endorsed the slate for the United Screen Actors Nationwide faction for New York reps for the Screen Actors Guild.USAN made the announcement Wednesday and noted that Melissa Leo, S. Epatha Merkerson, James McDaniel, Susie Essman, Priscilla Lopez, Frankie Faison, Tim DeKay, Suzanne Douglas and Stephen Lang have also endorsed the USAN slate. USAN is facing an unaccustomed challenge in New York from the One Strong Union slate led by Sam Robards on a promise of “integrity, transparency and inclusion.” The USAN slate – which strongly supports a merger with the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists – includes incumbent New York president Mike Hodge and national board incumbents Mark Blum, Rebecca Damon and Traci Godfrey along with comedian Lewis Black and Ezra Knight. Other USAN candidates are Manny Alfaro, Dave Bachman, Marc Baron, Jay Potter, John Rothman and Kevin Scullin; all are currently on the New York division board and serve as national board alternates. Hanks said in a statement, “I support the people who have guided SAG during these last months of huge changes in our art and industry. USAN has been vital in leadership positions and has worked ceaselessly to bring SAG and AFTRA together to create one union to serve us all.” The merger vote could take place by spring. For the combo to be approved, over 60% of members voting in both SAG and AFTRA will have to approve.