SAG/AFTRA reach merger agreement

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File photo: SAG and AFTRA members join striking UFCW Picket Lines supporting the striking grocery workers on December 4, 2003 in Burbank.

The two main actors’ unions — SAG and AFTRA — have taken a step closer to becoming one. A committee working out the details of a merger has reached an agreement.

The AFTRA and SAG Group for One Union has met in Los Angeles for the last nine days. This was fifth round of talks since the two unions began working on a merger a year and a half ago.

The unions aren’t releasing details of the agreement until their respective boards of directors meet to discuss and vote on it. That will be in about 10 days. If the boards give the package a thumbs up, the rank-and-file members of both unions then must ratify it.

SAG and AFTRA share a credit union and an office building, and more than 40,000 people are members of both unions. But their past attempts to form one a single actors union have failed.

They got close eight years ago. AFTRA members supported it, but not enough members of SAG were ready for a merger.

UPDATE Variety reports the name of the new union would be called SAG-AFTRA United.

Correction: the name of the new union is actually SAG-AFTRA, according to Pamela Greenwalt
of the Screen Actors Guild. Variety has since issued a correction on its original story.

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