Is An Actors Union?
(by AM Staff)
Similar to most labor unions,
an actor's union is an organization that represents actors
in show business, ensuring actors receive just pay, fair
treatment and decent working conditions. Simply put, an
actor's union protects actors against exploitation and
What Exactly Does An Actor's Union Do?
- An actor's union sets the minimum amount in which an
actor must be paid (scale).
- An actor's union determines the amount of time an
actor is allowed to work each day, and the amount of
money an actor is to be paid if the actor has to work
longer than that time.
- An actor's union sets industry safety and working
conditions for actors.
- An actor's union sets health care and retirement
packages for actors.
- Broadly, an actor's union protects the rights,
safety, health, careers, and payment of actors.
- An actor's union may also help members find work and
an acronym that stands
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, a
labor union which represents actors who work in television
and radio, as well as recording artists, announcers and
newspersons. As with any labor union, AFTRA works to
issues such as working conditions, pay rates, health
benefits, pensions and other issues concerning the people
What is the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG)?
Screen Actor's Guild is the union that primarily
represents actors who perform in movies. Members of the
Screen Actor's Guild are issued a membership card, or SAG
Card, as proof of membership and are directed to join SAG
affiliated agencies, or agencies that have agreed to
closely follow the SAG guidelines.
Most actors join SAG through the Taft-Hartley Act, allowing
them to work on a union production to earn their SAG Card.
What Is The Actor's Equity Association?
Actorsí Equity Association, or Equity for short, is the
union that primarily represents actors who perform in
theatre. Formed in 1913, Equity is the oldest of all the
major unions. It came along at a time when radio,
television and film were in their infant stages and
theatrical performance was most prominent. Equity was
formed in response to the frequent exploitation and
mistreatment of actors by Broadway Theater houses in the
early part of the 20th century. Its founding
helped set the stage for the other actor unions that