(by AM Staff)
AFTRA is an
acronym that stands for the American Federation of
Television and Radio Artists. AFTRA represents actors and
performers who work on productions in radio, television
and broadcasting. AFTRA also represents performers who
speak in educational media and software, such as CD-ROMS.
How Does AFTRA Help Actors?
Like the other major actors unions (SAG and Equity), AFTRA
represents actors in show business, negotiating contracts,
payment rates, benefits and services to help actors
advance their careers.
- AFTRA negotiates the minimum
rates at which their members must be paid.
- Helps to resolve labor-related
disputes between talent and their employers.
- Comprehensive health benefits,
dental plans, prescription drug benefits and substance
abuse programs for members
- Retirement benefits
- Alerting members to potential
How Do I Join AFTRA?
other major actors unions, AFTRA is an "open union", which
means it is easy to join the union. Actors need only pay a
fee to join. Other actors unions require more than payment
of fees, such as requiring actors to work in
union-recognized productions prior to being able to join.