Two Actors Unions Approve Merger

By Michelle Kung, The Wall Street Journal

Two leading entertainment unions said their members voted to merge, creating an enlarged organization whose leadership hopes for better leverage when negotiating deals with movie studios and media conglomerates.

Members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Screen Actors Guild voted by overwhelming majorities to unite their organizations.

Among those who returned ballots, 86% of Aftra members and 82% of SAG members voted to approved the merger, according to union officials at a news conference Friday.

The combined union is to be known as SAG-Aftra. SAG, which was established in 1933, represents more than 125,000 actors and Aftra represents over 70,000 broadcast professionals, performers and recording artists. Roughly 45,000 individuals are already members of both groups.

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