Myth #5

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SAG-AFTRA leaders in Texas realize many myths exist about being a union member in a ‘right-to-work’ state. To bust these myths and arm you with the facts, a Top 10 Myths list has been created. These myth-busting facts also include additional resources to help you steer your career in the right direction.
We believe you will find this information helpful and want you to join us - your fellow members - to grow the union market in our community. To find out how you can be a part of our Texas Leadership Think Tank, please contact Trish Avery at

MYTH #5:
“Unions don’t matter in a RTW state.”

Yes, they do!

FACT: Unions bargain for excellent pay and working conditions with producers in TV, film, commercials, corporate/educationals and new media for all actors, setting the industry standard in every state.

FACT: The entertainment unions are an integral part of the industry, especially in Texas. SAG-AFTRA helped pass the film incentive legislation that is currently bringing work to Texas. Members and staff are also involved in numerous industry organizations to promote the union. 

FACT: Unions have a long standing practice of fighting discrimination and increasing employment opportunities for persons with disabilities, women, seniors and performers of color.

FACT: Unions also fight on behalf of performers for laws on talent agency regulations, child labor laws and digital theft.

FACT: Union actors respect themselves enough to join an organization that respects and supports them as an actor, regardless of state law.

FACT: SAG-AFTRA was created by industry professionals for industry professionals and its existence is vitally important for industry professionals everywhere.

Questions? Call your local union office at (214) 363-8300.