Monday, March 12, 2012

All Labor Watching SAG-AFTRA Merger Efforts

With U.S. labor unions under constant conservative fire, the proposed merger of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists is being closely watched within the labor movement as a measure of how unions react to the changing landscape.
If this is approved, it's going to be a huge shot in the arm for the labor movement, AFTRA president Roberta Reardon told Variety on Sunday. Labor unions have been under attack, particularly with the growing power of corporate employers and their ability to get around unions in new areas of work.
Members of SAG and AFTRA began receiving ballots Feb. 27 and must return them by March 30. Each union must receive at least 60% support among those voting for the combo to go through.
The unknown is very scary, she said. But having a united consolidated strategy is really critical as the industry gets more complicated. On a show like 'Glee,' for example, the actors are represented by SAG but their singing is covered by AFTRA

(from Variety, via Bertila Damas).

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this posted by David August at 3:11 PM 

comments: It's insane how there's no work for Aftra people an barely for older sag people, we should be going to meetings for more work ugh!

# posted by Anonymous Anonymous : 8:45 PM  

80% of the new TV pilots are AFTRA and I know many actors, of all ages and types and in both unions, that are working. I'm not sure what you mean.

# posted by Blogger David August : 1:41 AM  

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