SAG allocates funds for merger with AFTRA: Guild approves $2.2 mil for spending!
The unions still haven’t sorted out such thorny issues as the name of the combined union, dues structure and governance — all of which could provide ammunition for opponents. More than 60% of those voting in both unions must approve for the deal to go through.
At last month’s meeting, the reps established work groups on governance and structure; finance and dues; collective bargaining, pension, health and retirement; operations and staff; and member education and outreach. The unions gave few other details about the substance of the discussions.
A member vote could take place by this time next year by the 120,000 members of SAG and the 70,000 members of AFTRA — with 45,000 members belonging to both. Merging SAG and AFTRA isn’t guaranteed, particularly among the 120,000 members on the SAG side, despite arguments that a combined union would be stronger and resolve long-standing jurisdictional problems.
Approval requires a 60% super-majority from those voting in both unions. SAG members rebuffed similar efforts in 1998 and 2003 amid concerns that a merger would cause SAG to lose its unique character as an actors union and that a combo could negatively impact the health and pension plans.
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Let the producers put up the 2.2 mil. After all it’s gonna benefit them most.