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What is SAG-AFTRA?


In 2012, two American labor unions, the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, combined forces and created on union… SAG-AFTRA.  The union has more than 165,000 artists and is committed to bringing the best wages, working conditions, health benefits and pension plans,  to actors, dancers, broadcast journalists, puppeteers and other media professionals.  For example, if an actor has not been fed after six hours, they are required to receive a meal penalty, which is a bump in pay.  You can read more about the union on their website, www.sagaftra.org. Non-union actors are potentially subject to lower pay, longer hours and poorer working conditions.  But it’s still important to work non-union credits before a performer is taft-hartleyed into SAG-AFTRA.

SAG-AFTRA’s sister union is the Actors’ Equity Association (“AEA” or “Equity“), which was founded in 1913 and “represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society,” (www.http://www.actorsequity.org).   While this union does not work on-camera, actors in both SAG-AFTRA and Equity are able to perform in union productions on-camera and on-stage.  If you are already a paid-up AEA member for one year, you may be elligible to join SAG-AFTRA for having employment under an affiliated performers’ union.

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