January 30-New York Times
By Michael Cieply
A planned merger between the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists, which has been clearing hurdles of one sort or another for many months, cleared another on Saturday when the Aftra board gave its approval.
The SAG board had already done so.
Both unions will now submit the merger to a membership vote in late February, with results set to be announced March 30.
The unions had once negotiated their key Hollywood contracts in tandem, but went their separate ways in a period of turmoil that saw SAG’s members work without a contract for a year, while many new television series were begun under the jurisdiction of Aftra.
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