SAG-AFTRA, the union representing Hollywood actors and other performers, said Sunday it is eliminating 60 positions from the organization as part of plan to balance its budget.
The layoffs, about 10% of the jobs at the union, represent the second wave of layoffs that have occurred at SAG-AFTRA since the two unions voted to merge a year ago in an effort to gain more leverage in contract negotiations. SAG-AFTRA cut about 80 jobs last fall.
The merger created the biggest entertainment union in Hollywood, with more than 165,000 members. Combining two separate organizations, however, created some overlapping positions and departments, and the job cuts were deemed necessary in part to eliminate duplicate jobs.
The layoffs, which will be concentrated in Los Angeles but also include SAG-AFTRA offices nationwide, are also necessary to reduce costs in the face of an $6-million budget deficit, said sources close to the union who were not authorized to discuss the matter.