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SAG, AFTRA Unions May Merge

Hollywood's once-bickering actors' unions appear to be warming up to the idea of a marriage. That's the takeaway from an upbeat message published in the Screen Actors Guild magazine from a guild task force exploring the idea of merging SAG with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. "The defining reason to form a single union is clear: Our bargaining power is increased if we cannot be divided."

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.

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