The past five years have been filled with important activity and achievements that were only possible because you made the historic choice to merge SAG and AFTRA. This momentous decision led to the realization of many goals that we worked on together.
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We have had landmark negotiations in commercials, TV/Theatrical/New Media, Network Code, and the Sound Recordings Code that have resulted in your overwhelming approval, important gains and money in your pockets.
While the benefit plans are separate from the union, merging SAG and AFTRA helped pave the way for the recent health plan merger.
Since its inception, SAG-AFTRA has had important organizing victories at public media outlets like KPCC, KNBR and at Spanish-language stations La Raza and MEGA, which were a prelude to our critical win at Telemundo — the first effort to organize network television actors in more than 65 years.
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Merger also empowered and engaged our members allowing our unions to turn their focus and energy from fighting each other to enhancing negotiations, enforcement, and operations — delivering innovative new tools that make it easier for members to connect with SAG-AFTRA. The member mobile app, direct deposit pilot program, faster residuals processing, and member contact center are providing groundbreaking processes that help members get what they need.
We are all aware of the many challenges that lie ahead, however the power of merger is all around us. Together, we will write the next great chapter in SAG-AFTRA’s rich history.
National Executive Director
SAG-AFTRA is formed. SAG and AFTRA members approve the merger.
SAG-AFTRA reaches a deal with the major record labels on a first-ever industrywide contract to cover dancers and other performers on music videos.
SAG-AFTRA receives its AFL-CIO charter.
Employees at KPCC vote to recognize SAG-AFTRA as their union. The new bargaining unit covers 65 reporters, producers, show hosts and news anchors at the Southern California public radio station.
SAG-AFTRA members overwhelmingly approve new, three-year contracts negotiated with the advertising industry. The 2013 Commercials Contracts are the first major contracts negotiated by SAG-AFTRA as one union.
SAG-AFTRA holds its inaugural National Convention. The theme: United for Our Future.
Union reduces average residuals processing time to under 30 days — which have remained under 30 days since. In 2016, the union processed a record 3.8 million checks.
SAG-AFTRA members vote to approve the 2014 TV/Theatrical Contracts by a vote of 92.12 percent.
KNBR staff in San Francisco vote to recognize SAG-AFTRA as their union.
Members vote 96.5 percent in favor of ratifying the 2014 SAG-AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting (Network Television Code).
At the request of President Barack Obama, SAG-AFTRA pledges to work toward one million hours of education, volunteerism and mentorship over three years in support of the next generation of storytellers.
The historic building and home of SAG-AFTRA headquarters in Los Angeles is rededicated as SAG-AFTRA Plaza.
Following organized efforts and a #WeMakeNPR campaign, SAG-AFTRA members at National Public Radio approve a new two-year contract.
Members ratify the SAG-AFTRA Sound Recordings Code, which includes a groundbreaking payment formula for online streaming and non-permanent digital downloads.
SAG-AFTRA holds its second National Convention. The theme: Educate, Engage, Empower.
Following the death of SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard, the National Board elects Gabrielle Carteris president.
Members ratify the new three-year Commercials Contracts. The union launches its member care Contact Center, which receives a member satisfaction rate of 97 percent in its first weeks.
The merged SAG-AFTRA Health Plan is approved to take effect Jan. 1, 2017.
The on-air talent at Spanish-language stations La Raza and MEGA in Los Angeles vote overwhelmingly to recognize SAG-AFTRA as their union.
The union leads the charge to pass the landmark “IMDb Law” in California putting a stop to the obvious promotion of member ages on casting hiring sites by requiring that the online vendors observe an opt out accommodation.
The union announces it has helped design and develop a direct deposit program for residuals payments to members in a partnership supported by industry-leading banks, payroll firms and software designers.
SAG-AFTRA launches an exclusive member mobile app with a residuals tracker, production listings and local events calendar.
In an historic election that will impact Spanish-speaking actors in the United States for years to come, Telemundo telenovela performers vote to join SAG-AFTRA.
— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) March 30, 2017