May 30-Daily Variety
By Dave McNary
With no fanfare, the new SAG-AFTRA national board has cut the initiation fee for some broadcasters by more than 40% to $1,708 from $3,000 on an interim basis with the goal of organizing non-union shops.
The board made the move May 20 at its first meeting, less than two months after members of SAG and AFTRA approved the merger pact -- which said explicitly that all initiation fees in the new union would be $3,000, a figure that could not be increased for the first three years after the March 30 merger date.
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