The Taft-Hartley Act [aka. The Labor Management Relations Act] was co-sponsored by Republican Senators Robert Taft and Fred Hartley in 1947. It grants The President permission to diffuse labor strikes by invoking a sixty-day “cooling off” period in the hopes that either party can settle their differences on their own. This is to avoid the economic damage of a dispute that has the potential to escalate into a nationwide union strike. (in a massive nutshell) Somewhere down the road The Taft-Hartley Act was applied to the entertainment industry – Exactly how, I have yet to fully unearth – But basically, a nonunion actor who says a line on a union film or television show is immediately eligible to join the Screen Actors Guild.
I happen to be one of those actors. So, let’s DO This SAG! I got the money in the bank.
[Eeep, my wallet’s gonna Cryyyyyy]