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|Full name||Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists|
|Founded||March 30, 2012|
|Members||156,894 ("active" members)
80,440 (other members; withdrawn/suspended) (2014)
|Affiliation||AAAA (AFL-CIO), IFJ, FIA|
|Office location||5757 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, California
The Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) is an American labor union representing over 160,000 film and television principal and background performers, journalists, and radio personalities worldwide. The organization was formed on March 30, 2012, following the merger of the Screen Actors Guild (created in 1933) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (created in 1952).
As of January 2013, Variety reported that the merger had proceeded with "few bumps", amid shows of good will on both sides. The stickiest remaining problem was reported to be the merger of the two pension funds, in part as a way of dealing with the issue of performers who paid into each plan, yet did not quite earn enough under either of the old plans to qualify for a pension.
According to SAG-AFTRA's Department of Labor records since its founding, around 34%, or a third, of the union's total membership have consistently been considered "withdrawn," "suspended," or otherwise not categorized as "active" members. These members are ineligible to vote in the union. "Honorable withdrawals" constitute the largest portion of these, at 20% of the total membership, or 46,934 members. "Suspended payment" members are the second largest, at 14%, or 33,422 members. This classification scheme is continued from the Screen Actors Guild, rather than the scheme used by AFTRA.
- US Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards. File number 000-391. Report submitted July 30, 2014.
- "SAG, AFTRA Members Approve Merger to Form SAG-AFTRA" (Press release). SAG-AFTRA. March 30, 2012. Retrieved July 16, 2013.
- McNary, Dave (January 25, 2013). "SAG, AFTRA merger makes for few bumps". Variety.
- US Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards. File number 000-391. (Search)
- US Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards. File number 000-113. (Search)
- US Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards. File number 000-030. (Search)
- Miller, Sean J. (May 21, 2012). "SAG-AFTRA Names Top Leadership". Backstage. Retrieved July 16, 2013.
- Verrier, Richard (March 31, 2012). "SAG, AFTRA members overwhelmingly approve merger". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 16, 2013.
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