January 24–Daily Variety
By Dave McNary
Should the proposed SAG-AFTRA merger pass, annual elections will be a thing of the past with the contests taking place every two years instead.
Reps for the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists had no comment Tuesday. Sources close to the situation indicated that the plan's aimed at combining in line SAG's annual direct voting structure for some offices with other slots filled using AFTRA's national convention structure, held every two years with delegates elected at the local level.
SAG's national board meets Friday and Saturday to OK the proposal, while AFTRA's board is set to meet Saturday and possibly Sunday. The proposal, hammered out over the past seven months, is a non-binding recommendation from the AFTRA and SAG Group for One Union to the national boards.
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