SAG, AFTRA Unions May Merge
The statement follows a similar "open letter" from AFTRA's leaders in which they endorsed the concept of creating a "new, strong national union" that would combine the resources of both organizations, which have about 44,000 members in common. In addition to actors, AFTRA also represents disc jockeys, recording artists and broadcast journalists. An overwhelming majority of members in each guild would have to endorse the idea before it could take effect. Such a vote would probably not occur until next year.