SAG, AFTRA Reps Agree To Merger Package

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Representatives of the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists have agreed to a recommended merger package that will be presented to their respective boards Jan. 27 and 28.

The plan was required to be ready for review by the end of the month by those boards.

The decision to merge the unions was partially a response to the consolidation of the studios and networks that employ its members. The first meeting between the two unions over the merger plan was in June 2011 in Silver Spring, Md., following a May vote by both national boards to get together.

Together the unions represent almost 200,000 broadcast and film actors and performers, and have jointly negotiated contracts in the past, including for radio and TV commercials.

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