SAG's National Board of Directors approves plan to merge with AFTRA

Screen Actors Guild Women's Committee's "A Heart United"

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The Screen Actors Guild logo on display at the staged reading of events of the heart "A Heart United" held at the James Cagney Boardroom on November 5, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

The Screen Actors Guild’s National Board of Directors has voted to approve a plan to merge with AFTRA- the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

The two actors unions formed a committee a year and a half ago to develop a merger plan. This weekend, the National Boards of each union are meeting to review and vote on the plan.

A statement from the Screen Actors Guild says 87 percent of its National Board of Directors voted to approve it.

AFTRA’s National Board begins its meeting Saturday. If it approves the plan, the unions will send it to their members for a vote.

The proposed name for the new union is SAG-AFTRA.

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