The LA Times is reporting that a federal judge has a blocked the request for a injunction that would have temporarily stopped the vote on the merger between SAG and AFTRA.
Ed Harris, Ed Asner and Martin Sheen were among a group of actors who were looking to block the merger. You can see some of their anti-merger videos here.
The Judge, James Otero, wrote that “voting in favor of merger may or may not be in the best interest of the majority of union members. But the decision, for better or worse, belongs to the members –- not to plaintiffs, and certainly not to the court.”
SAG Deputy National Executive Director Duncan Crabtree-Ireland said that SAG was “pleased with the court’s action denying the requested injunction and dismissing one of the plaintiff’s major claims in this matter. We are also gratified that the court has indicated that the plaintiffs are unlikely to prevail on their other claims. It has been our position all along that these complaints were completely without merit and that the members will ultimately decide the future of their unions.”
Whether you’re for or against the merger, send in your ballots!