SAG's board approved proposal Friday, AFTRA followed on Saturday
Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists have posted their proposed merger documents online on their respective web sites.SAG’s board approved the proposal Friday and AFTRA followed on Saturday. The documents went live Tuesday night. The proposal will be sent on Feb. 27 to 120,000 SAG members and 70,000 AFTRA members, who include actors, broadcasters, DJs, singers and dancers. To pass, the referendum would need a 60% approval margin from both orgs among votes cast. The new union will be called SAG-AFTRA, should members approve the merger vote. SAG members defeated merger proposals in 1999 and 2003 while AFTRA members supported both. In 2003, the merged union would have been called the Alliance of Intl. Media Artists, which may have been a factor in the defeat. Each site — http://www.sag.org and http://www.aftra.com — also contained the following message: “As you know, merger referendum ballots are scheduled to be mailed on or about February 27 – but members of both unions now have access to the complete merger documents online. Full printed merger documents will also be mailed to each voter with the referendum ballot, which will be due for return on March 30. This will give each member ample time to make a thoughtful and well-informed decision.” The sites also contain links to view the SAG-AFTRA Merger Agreement, SAG-AFTRA Constitution and the Pension & Health / Health & Retirement Feasibility Review.