14 Facts About AFTRA


AFTRA was located at 5757 Wilshire Blvd, 7th Floor, Los Angeles, California.

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AFTRA worked in the interests of its members, primarily in the areas of contract negotiation and enforcement, advocacy and member benefits such as employer-paid health plans.

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AFTRA was affiliated with the AFL–CIO, the International Federation of Journalists and the International Federation of Actors.

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AFTRA shared jurisdiction of radio, television, Internet and other new media with its sister union SAG, while the latter was the body solely responsible for motion picture performances.

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In 1954, AFTRA negotiated the AFTRA Pension and Welfare Plan which stood as the industry's first benefit package and was negotiated into other agreements.

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AFTRA members negotiated the first-ever formula for payments for replay of performances, which became the basis for residuals and syndication throughout the television industry.

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AFTRA became the target of a lawsuit by Tuesday Productions, a San Diego-based non-union jingle house, which brought anti-trust charges against the union for attempting to organize performers.

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AFTRA paid no money to Tuesday Production due to declaring bankruptcy.

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In 1992, as part of a coalition of recording artists, singers, musicians, and others, AFTRA members worked with Congress to enact the Audio Home Recording Act of 1992, the Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings Act of 1995 and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998.

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AFTRA helped develop mechanisms to assure payments to recording artists from the collection and distribution of royalties established by the laws.

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In 1993, AFTRA members negotiated the first Interactive Media Agreement to cover performances in video games.

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In 2005, with the digital distribution of programming by Apple iTunes and the video iPod announced in October, AFTRA joined other entertainment unions in calling for ongoing dialogue with employers to ensure fair and proper compensation for performers' work.

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In 2006, AFTRA led the campaign against relaxation of media ownership rules by the Federal Communications Commission.

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AFTRA provided equal employment opportunities for its members in all locations where it operated.

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