2012

  • Merger: SAG-AFTRA formed March 30 after SAG and AFTRA members approve the merger. Ken Howard and Roberta Reardon become first co-presidents of the union.
  • Organizing: SAG-AFTRA reaches a deal with the major record labels in June on a first-ever industrywide contract to cover dancers and other performers on music videos.
  • SAG-AFTRA receives its AFL-CIO charter in August.

2013

  • Ken Howard elected to two year term as first sole SAG-AFTRA president on August 15.
  • SAG Awards: SAG Awards: January 27 - 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at Los Angeles’ Shrine Exposition Center.  2012 Life Achievement Award presented to Rita Moreno.
  • Organizing: Employees at KPCC vote to recognize SAG-AFTRA as their union in January. The new bargaining unit covers 65 reporters, producers, show hosts and news anchors at the Southern California public radio station.
  • Contracts: In May, 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.
  • Convention: SAG-AFTRA holds inaugural National Convention Sept. 26-29. The theme: “United for Our Future.”

2014

  • Ken Howard continues as SAG-AFTRA president.
  • SAG Awards: January 18 - 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at Los Angeles’ Shrine Exposition Center.  2013 Life Achievement Award presented to Rita Moreno
  • Residuals: By March, Union reduces average residuals processing time to under 30 days and has remained under 30 days since. In 2016, the union will process a record 3.8 million checks.
  • Contracts:  SAG-AFTRA members vote to approve the 2014 TV/Theatrical Contracts by a vote of 92.12 percent in August.
  • Organizing: KNBR staff in San Francisco vote to recognize SAG-AFTRA as their union in November.

2015

  • Ken Howard elected to second two year term as SAG-AFTRA president in August.
  • SAG Awards: January 25 - 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at Los Angeles’ Shrine Exposition Center.  2014 Life Achievement Award presented to Debbie Reynolds.
  • Contracts: 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) in January.
  • “Call to Arts” initiative: At the request of President Barack Obama, in March 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.
  • Headquarters:  The historic 1947 building housing SAG-AFTRA’s headquarters  in Los Angeles is rededicated as SAG-AFTRA Plaza in April.
  • Contracts: Following organized efforts and a #WeMakeNPR campaign, SAG-AFTRA members at National Public Radio approve a new two-year contract in July.
  • Contracts:  In September, members ratify the SAG-AFTRA Sound Recordings Code, which includes a groundbreaking payment formula for online streaming and non-permanent digital downloads.
  • Convention: SAG-AFTRA holds its second National Convention Oct. 1-4. The theme: “Educate, Engage, Empower.”

2016

  • Ken Howard continues as SAG-AFTRA president until his unexpected March 23 death.
  • Gabrielle Carteris, SAG-AFTRA executive vice president, best-known for the hit TV series Beverly Hills 90210, elected by the board of directors to complete his term.
  • SAG Awards: January 30:  22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at Los Angeles’ Shrine Exposition Center.  2015 Life Achievement Award to Carol Burnett.
  • Contracts: Members ratify the new three-year Commercials Contracts in May. The union launches its member care Contact Center, which receives a member satisfaction rate of 97 percent in its first weeks.
  • Health plan: in June, the merged SAG-AFTRA Health Plan is approved to take effect Jan. 1, 2017.
  • Organizing: in August, the on-air talent at Spanish-language stations La Raza and MEGA in Los Angeles vote overwhelmingly to recognize SAG-AFTRA as their union.
  • Privacy/Age Discrimination:  In September, SAG-AFTRA 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.

2017 – SAG-AFTRA’s 5th Anniversary year

  • Gabrielle Carteris continues as SAG-AFTRA president, completing the late Ken Howard’s term, and is elected president by the membership on August 24.
  • SAG Awards: January 29 - 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at Los Angeles’ Shrine Exposition Center.  2016 Life Achievement Award to Lily Tomlin.
  • Direct Deposit:  In January, SAG-AFTRA 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.
  • Mobile app: in February, SAG-AFTRA launches an exclusive member mobile app with a residuals tracker, production listings and local events calendar.
  • Organizing: In an historic election that will impact Spanish-speaking actors in the United States for years to come, Telemundo telenovela performers vote in March to join SAG-AFTRA.
  • Convention: SAG-AFTRA holds its third National Convention, Oct. 5-8. The theme: “Our Union, Our Strength, Our Future”.

2018

  • Gabrielle Carteris continues as SAG-AFTRA president
  • SAG Awards: January 21 -- 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at Los Angeles’ Shrine Exposition Center.  First time the show has a host – Kristen Bell. 2017 Life Achievement Award presented to Morgan Freeman.

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