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Friday, March 30, 2012

Merger of Performers' Unions Approved

LOS ANGELES — Members of two performers' unions have overwhelmingly approved a merger plan, creating a combined union representing about 150000 actors, broadcasters, news writers and others in the entertainment and media industries, more
New York Times ( 3/30/2012 6:28:14 PM -08:00 )

The SAG-AFTRA vote's lesson for Washington
By Jon Healey The overwhelming vote by union members to merge the two top actors' guilds made me think I was wrong to side with the GOP on the issue of railway and airline unions. Republicans on Capitol Hill, particularly those in the House, more
Los Angeles Times ( 3/30/2012 5:23:29 PM -08:00 )

Once-warring actors unions finally merge
By RYAN NAKASHIMA The nation's two actors unions have merged, nearly a decade after their last attempt, bringing an end to years of conflict that had given Hollywood studios the advantage in labor negotiations. The American Federation of Television and more
BusinessWeek ( 3/30/2012 4:57:28 PM -08:00 )

Two Actors Unions Approve Merger
Two Actors Unions Approve MergerBy MICHELLE KUNG Two leading entertainment unions said their members voted to merge, creating an enlarged organization whose leadership hopes for better leverage when negotiating deals with movie studios and media conglomerates. more
Wall Street Journal ( 3/30/2012 1:12:26 PM -08:00 )

Hollywood Unions Ratify Merger to Bolster Clout With Studios
By Michael White on March 30, 2012 Hollywood's largest actors unions agreed to merge, creating a single organization that will have greater bargaining power with movie and television studios. Members of the Screen Actors Guild and the American more
BusinessWeek ( 3/30/2012 1:05:07 PM -08:00 )

Breaking: Historic SAG-AFTRA merger approved
by Lynette Rice History was made in Hollywood today: The Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists announced they will officially merge. AFTRA members gave a thumbs up to the merger by a margin of 86 percent, more
Entertainment Weekly ( 3/30/2012 12:36:38 PM -08:00 )

SAG and AFTRA members give thumbs up to merger
Creating Hollywood's largest entertainment union, members of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists have voted overwhelmingly to combine into a single bargaining unit. In an resounding show of support, more
Los Angeles Times ( 3/30/2012 12:35:28 PM -08:00 )

SAG-AFTRA merger: judge won't block vote
NEW YORK, March 28 (TheWrap.com) - Federal judge James Otero on Wednesday rejected a lawsuit that would have blocked the proposed merger of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. The results of the vote by more
Chicago Tribune ( 3/28/2012 8:13:38 PM -08:00 )

Judge rejects attempt to cancel SAG-AFTRA merger vote
A federal judge has a blocked a request for a temporary injunction that would have scuttled a vote on merging the Screen Actors Guild with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Ed Asner, Martin Sheen and Ed Harris were among a group more
Los Angeles Times ( 3/28/2012 4:41:21 PM -08:00 )

AFTRA and SAG members agree: It's time to merge
The third time was the charm, following failed merger votes in 1998 and 2003. On a live-stream feed at 1pm LA time on Friday (3/30), the leaders of both unions revealed the results of the referendum vote by their members. More than 37500 members of more
Radio-Info.com ( 3/30/2012 6:54:32 PM -08:00 )

SAG-AFTRA Merger Officially Approved by Members of Both Unions
SAG-AFTRA Merger Officially Approved by Members of Both Unions86 percent of voting AFTRA members approve the merger, while 82 percent of SAG members ballots endorse the union. Members of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists have finally approved the merger plan of more
AceShowbiz ( 3/30/2012 6:10:49 PM -08:00 )

Ex-AFTRA President to Merger Opponents: 'Message F---in' Delivered'
The vote in Hollywood, home of anti-merger efforts, is a surprising 72 percent in favor. Like all of the union officials in front of the cameras and in the audience at Friday's press conference announcing the merger of SAG and AFTRA, John Connolly was more
Hollywood Reporter ( 3/30/2012 5:58:31 PM -08:00 )

SAG, AFTRA Vote to Merge
Film, video, online and broadcast performers will join forces in one union called SAG-AFTRA. By City News Service Members of the two largest unions representing movie and television actors, broadcasters and an array of performers voted overwhelmingly more
Patch.com ( 3/30/2012 4:09:57 PM -08:00 )

SAG and AFTRA Members Approve Merger
The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Screen Actors Guild announced Friday their respective members have voted to approve plans to merge. The merger brings under a single union banner known as SAG-AFTRA more than 150000 actors, more
HispanicBusiness.com ( 3/30/2012 3:29:11 PM -08:00 )

SAG, AFTRA members give thumbs-up to merger
By RICHARD VERRIER - Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES - Creating Hollywood's largest entertainment union, members of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists have voted overwhelmingly to combine into a single more
Bellingham Herald ( 3/30/2012 3:26:48 PM -08:00 )

SAG's 2008-09 Contract Stalemate Continues to Batter Its Pension and Health
Part 3 of 3: The labor disturbance was costly then and continues to impair the pension and health plan four years after it started. The previous installment of this three-part series showed that the SAG pension and health plan has been suffering much more
Hollywood Reporter ( 3/30/2012 3:21:14 PM -08:00 )

SAG, AFTRA members approve merger by wide margin
SAG, AFTRA members approve merger by wide marginLOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - The members of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists voted to approve the merger of the two labor unions on Friday. Eighty-six percent of the AFTRA ballots submitted were in more
Yahoo!7 News ( 3/30/2012 2:55:31 PM -08:00 )

SAG-AFTRA merger approved by overwhelming majority vote
The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and American Federation of Television & Radio Artists (AFTRA) held a merger referendum announcement today, where officials declared that the two unions have approved their merger. According to the newly formed sagaftra.org more
Examiner.com ( 3/30/2012 2:45:04 PM -08:00 )

Actors' unions agree to merger
By Wire Services Members of the two largest unions representing movie and television actors, broadcasters and an array of performers voted overwhelmingly to join forces, officials from the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and more
Los Angeles Independent ( 3/30/2012 2:24:42 PM -08:00 )

SAG, AFTRA bury the hatchet: Union merger gets final OK
By RYAN NAKASHIMA / AP Business Writer LOS ANGELES — The nation's two actors unions have merged, nearly a decade after last trying to do so. That signals an end to years of conflict and division that had long given Hollywood studios the advantage in more
OCRegister ( 3/30/2012 1:45:33 PM -08:00 )