SAG-AFTRA sets first official meeting

National board will meet in Los Angeles on May 19 - 20

In its first official meeting since performers created SAG-AFTRA, the new national board will meet in Los Angeles on May 19 – 20.

The agenda for the 110-member panel has not yet been set. The board — populated by members of the former national boards of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists — will meet on a quarterly basis.

Leaders of SAG-AFTRA moved last week to establish the union’s initial 24-member executive committee, which will meet this weekend in New York. Under the merger agreement the SAG-AFTRA executive committee is chaired by co-presidents Ken Howard and Roberta Reardon.

The merged union has about 160,000 members. The current leaders of SAG-AFTRA will be up for election in summer 2013.

Merger backers touted the combined SAG-AFTRA as having more power than the individual unions and asserted that combining the unions is a first step toward combining the separate SAG and AFTRA health and retirement plans. Of SAG members voting, 82% backed the merger while 86% of AFTRA members casting ballots endorsed the combo.

The key SAG-AFTRA master contracts expire in March 2013 for commercials, with talks expected to start in October, and in June 2014 for primetime and features.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety