The board of SAG-AFTRA will be considering two amendments to the union’s constitution at next Saturday’s board meeting. While one of those rules remains unknown, the second could change the way the acting union changes its recently adopted constitution.
According to a confidential source who spoke to The Hollywood Reporter, “the second of the amendments would allow the union’s convention to delegate all or part of its authority to the SAG-AFTRA national board.” In other words, this would allow the board to make “minor” changes to the union’s constitution without waiting to vote on it during a convention, which are scheduled to occur every other year. The idea behind the amendment is to speed up the process on making changes that are not drastic. This would be more in line with SAG’s rules on changing its constitution before the merger.
Even if the board approves the amendment, it would have to be approved by 70% of delegates at the upcoming SAG-AFTRA convention that will be held September 26-29 at the Los Angeles Marriott, but if passed it can be revoked at a future biannual convention by a simple majority vote. The convention itself was demanded by AFTRA during negotiations in order to vote on union rules. However, the proposed amendment could make those convention votes less necessary, particularly on minor constitutional issues.