SAG-AFTRA Protestors Hold Fifth Anti-Merger Rally

David Hillberg, a 2011 candidate for SAG president, told The Hollywood Reporter that “a lot of [the picketers] are scared about their pension and health [benefits].” He added that his concerns focused on the merger agreement between the unions, and charged that “AFTRA has a habit of poaching,” i.e., seeking jurisdiction over work that some contend is rightfully SAG’s.

“I depend on union contracts and benefits to provide for my family,” countered SAG 1st vice-president Ned Vaughn, “so I definitely have the same concerns about actors getting enough work, and that every job pays as much as possible” – but, he said, “that’s why I support merger. Opponents can’t explain how staying divided makes us any stronger.”

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