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It should also be noted that SAG and AFTRA worked together on the commercials deal.
However SAG - Hollywood's biggest acting union with around 120,000 members - and the 70,000-strong AFTRA are at loggerheads after the smaller union agreed a tentative deal with AMPTP.
Among the requests management is seeking are removing weekend specialty hosts from AFTRA coverage, being able to subcontract commercial production, and using news and sports from other sources besides in-house.
At issue, really, is whether the unions will be able to catch up with an industry that has, in the past two decades, "radically restructured itself, vertically, horizontally and globally," as Paul Worthman of AFTRA puts it.
Other terms include use of Screen Actors Guild members for the first 15 extras used per day in theatrical and television productions and the first 30 extras used in film productions; the strengthening of SAG'S nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provision; and extension of the SAG provision for "an act of God" and illness to AFTRA primetime dramatic programs.
She also served as vice president of Human Resources of Safe Horizon, a support and advocacy organization for crime victims, before returning to AFTRA in 2001.
AFTRA H&R was looking for a system to streamline their premium processing.
Meanwhile, they are going all out to persuade some 40,000 of SAG's 140,000 members who belong to both unions to vote "no" on the proposed AFTRA settlement, and have suggested the two unions could reunite afterward to bargain jointly.
That's why SAG and AFTRA leaders ought to put aside their petty fighting over poaching soap stars and unite forces -- at least until the negotiations are complete.
For the first time in 10 years, AFTRA bestowed its American Scene Award to a daytime program.
He's still pushing for a merger of the separate SAG and AFTRA health and retirement plans.
Connolly, elected AFTRA president three times, described the decision to step down as ``difficult and heart-wrenching.
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