The most exciting news I’ve been able to share as SAG president can be found on page 12, in the story "SAG, AFTRA Boards Vote to Move Forward with Merger." The SAG National Board voted unanimously to create a Merger Task Force, and both unions’ boards directed that a formal merger plan be completed by January 2012. If the boards approve the plan, the members of SAG and AFTRA could vote to merge our unions as early as next spring.
Talking with SAG members in listening tour meetings across the country has been a vibrant reminder of how diverse, talented and involved our membership is. It’s also given me an even stronger sense of their feelings about merger. The message — from SAG and AFTRA members alike — is clear: We need to merge now.