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Posted by elegant On June - 27 - 2012

The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) merged as SAG-AFTRA on March 30, 2012. The newly formed labor union represents about 160,000 film and television principal and background performers worldwide. Recently, the organization confirmed David White as its Chief Administrative Officer. He was the former SAG Executive Director.

The merged new labor union will negotiate and enforce bargaining agreements and establish equitable levels of compensation, benefits, and working conditions for its members.

SAG was founded in 1933 to prevent exploitation of actors in Hollywood. Obviously it is headquartered in Hollywood, California with offices in major cities such as Chicago, Miami and Las Vegas.

AFTRA was a performers union that represented actors in radio and television. It also includes announcers, newscasters, singers, and recording artists. AFTRA was formed in 1937 and located in Los Angeles, California.

The combined SAG-AFTRA will be a more cohesive labor organization with more bargaining power. The merger can be attributed to the industry’s recent loss to establish anti-piracy legislation which failed in the United States Congress. This legislation pitted the music, radio and television industry against the Silicon Valley. It looked like a battle between Hollywood media and the internet.