When Screen Actors Guild members voted on consolidating with AFTRA in 2003, a strong majority (57.8 percent) approved, but fell just short of the supermajority required to pass it. Since then, support for uniting SAG and AFTRA appears to have grown significantly. The experiences of recent years have given performers valuable insight into the true costs of having separate unions, and most actors seem eager to bring these two unions together.
Any attempt to bring SAG and AFTRA together will require a careful and transparent process and the overwhelming support of the members and leaders of both unions. Elected leaders of both unions are currently holding discussions, through the Presidents’ Forum for One Union, to establish a common vision for creating a combined successor union to represent members across all categories of work that each union covers now and into the future. In addition to these discussions, the Presidents’ Forum is also conducting a Listening Tour with stops in Hollywood, New York, and various SAG branches and AFTRA locals across the country. This has given members an important opportunity to speak with leaders, and one another, about their work experiences, as well as their hopes and expectations for a single union.
Please click here to read an update from the SAG/AFTRA Relations Task Force published in Spring 2010 in Screen Actor magazine by SAG’s elected leaders who comprise the Task Force. Stay informed about any future One Union developments by following SAG on Facebook and Twitter, or by emailing us your questions to email@example.com.