Acting Dean Schurman Facilitates SAG-AFTRA's Merger Process


From left, Acting Dean Sue Schurman, Ken Howard (SAG's president), Roberta Reardon (AFTRA's president). Amy Aquino (SAG's secretary-treasurer), Rebecca Damon (vice president, SAG's New York branch), and Pete DiCicco (co-facilitator) gather at the 2012 SAG Awards.

For the past year, SMLR's Acting Dean Sue Schurman has served as lead facilitator for the merger process between the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). The two unions have tried to merge twice before but failed to achieve the required 60% ratification vote from both memberships. At their respective meetings on January 27 and 28, both unions' national boards approved a merger agreement and new constitution. The merger referendum will be sent to members later this month with votes due by March 30. On January 29, Acting Dean Schurman joined the leadership of both unions at the annual SAG Awards to celebrate the boards' approval. For more information on the merger and the history of these two unions visit SAG's Website. To view more photos from this event, "like" us on Facebook.