Friday, March 30, 2012
SAG-AFTRA Merger Approved
The memberships of SAG and AFTRA have approved the proposed merger of their unions; they are now the the single union called SAG-AFTRA.
- SAG: 82% yes votes, 18% no votes; 53% of the membership voted
- AFTRA: 86% yes votes, 14% no votes; 57% of the membership voted
The announcement of the results of the merger referendum was made at 1:35 pm in Los Angeles by SAG National President Ken Howard and AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon. The new union's web site at sagaftra.org has more details on its structure and make up.
comments: This is bullshit I voted no. My dues went up from 63 to 99 dollars. And for what? What do I get for this extra money? To carry a dumb card around in my wallet. I never get auditions or work so why do I have to pay more for nothing? I took years of work shops have an agent, am talented, have a great look have a reel on actors access, decent pictures a few credits on imdb and its worthless. And now I have to dish more money out that i work hard for at another job. Its like flushing it down the toilet.@James, perhaps Honorable Withdrawal is a good option for you if the $36 more is a hardship. That way you can spend an unlimited time without paying any dues and get reinstated if and when you want to work again. Contact your closest SAG-AFTRA office to coordinate how to honorably withdraw. Your nearest branch's contact information is at http://www.sagaftra.org/locals
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