SAG Allocates $70K for Task Force Working on Merger With AFTRA

8:07 PM PST 01/23/2011 by Jonathan Handel

SAG president Ken Howard praises Saturday's AFTRA resolution regarding merger.

SAG’s national board unanimously voted Sunday to allocate up to $70,000 in additional funding to its SAG-AFTRA Relations Task Force, which is working to “develop a framework for the formation of a new union combining the members of Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA,” according to a SAG statement.

In addition, SAG president Ken Howard praised Saturday's AFTRA board resolution that continued the process of exploring merger. Howard added, “Now is the time to focus our attention, our resources and our very best efforts on completing the journey to one union. I’m confident we will make it, and that our members now and in the future will be the better for it.”

In other business, SAG secretary treasurer Amy Aquino reported that the union's revenues and expenses are tracking to the FY11 budget, and national executive director David White discussed improvements in residuals processing and the development of new online processes for signing producers to SAG agreements.

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