Actors’ Guilds Hammer Out Merger Agreement; Plan Would Create Hollywood’s Largest Labor Group

Jan 16, 2012  •  Post A Comment

A merger plan between the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists has been hammered out after nine days of talks, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town blog.

Neither union would comment on the agreement, the story says. Nevertheless, "people familiar with the matter said it contains a proposed constitution, governance structure, and dues payment plan for what would be the largest labor group in Hollywood," the story notes.

SAG represents about 125,000 actors, while AFTRA represents 70,000 members, the piece notes. About 40,000 people are members of both unions, the story adds.

The next step is for the plan to be recommended to both unions’ boards, which would endorse the merger plan before it’s sent to members for a ratification vote, the piece notes. That vote, which might take place in April, would pass if at least 60% of those voting endorse the plan, the story adds.

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