Freelance writer Dominic Patten is a Deadline contributor

SAG AFTRA Merger

About 25 anti-merger SAG members marched in front of the guild’s offices on Wilshire this afternoon, just more than a week before the union votes March 30 on the SAG-AFTRA tie-up. Noticably absent were the likes of Martin Sheen, Ed Harris and other celebrities who have taken to the courts to stop the vote (a judge is expected to issue an order on an injunction at some point in time). Those who did show up chanted anti-merger slogans and pounded on small drums. ”We want to raise aweness of how this will adversely effect member’s pension plans and health plans,” organizer Scott Pierce told Deadline. Merger supporters were on hand as well. “I know some are opposed to the merger, like the people here today, who we’ve seen out before, but remember people like George Clooney and Tom Hanks are very much for it,” said Gabrielle Carteris, AFTRA’s LA president and national VP. “This is a democratic process. Members know it and the judge knows it.” The rally broke up around 3 PM.

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SAG-AFTRA Pro- and Anti-Merger Websites