SAG-AFTRA, Hollywood's largest entertainment union, is thinning down.
The national board of the 165,000-member union, formed earlier this year in the merger between the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, voted Sunday to reduce the number of locals to 25, down from 33.
The locals represent members across the country and elect directors who serve on the SAG-AFTRA national board.
The reduction is part of the process of integrating the two unions and reflects an effort to avoid duplication of regional offices representing the formerly separate unions that merged in March. SAG-AFTRA officials did not say which offices might close as a result of the consolidation.
The national board unanimously voted to approve the following locals: Atlanta, Arizona-Utah, Chicago, Colorado, Dallas-Fort Worth, Hawaii, Houston-Austin, Los Angeles, Miami, Michigan, Missouri-Kansas City-Nebraska, Nashville, Nevada, New England, New Orleans, New Mexico, New York, Ohio Allegheny, Philadelphia, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco-Northern California, Seattle, Twin Cities, Washington-mid-Atlantic.