SAG/AFTRA Merger Fails By Slimmest of Margins

The proposed merger of the Screen Actor’s Guild and the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists has crumbled, after proponents of the plan failed to reach the 60% approval threshold necessary from the membership of both unions. AFTRA approved the merger by a wide margin, but only 58% of SAG members voted yes, scuttling the deal. The merger has been the source of much controversy among actors and TV/radio personalities, with several high-profile individuals all but staking their careers as union activists on its success.