Acting Fact: There are approximately 160,000 members in SAG-AFTRA, an American labor union which represents actors, singers, broadcast journalists, voice artists and other performers.
SAG (Screen Actors Guild, formed in 1933) and AFTRA (The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, created in 1937) were once two separate unions that dealt with different aspects of the entertainment industry. The two unions merged on March 30, 2012 and is a member of the AFL-CIO.
The union deals with ensuring safe working conditions for actors, as well as issues involving wages and benefits. Interestingly, of the approximately 160,000 members, as many as one-third or more may be considered “withdrawn” or “suspended” at any given time, possibly losing their voting rights or other privileges.