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The AFTRA Retirement Fund has provided retirement benefits to performers – including actors, broadcasters and voice professionals – for nearly 60 years. The AFTRA Retirement Fund was established as a result of collective bargaining between the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and contributing employers.

The AFTRA Retirement Fund is a separate legal entity from SAG-AFTRA, the union.The AFTRA Retirement Fund is not a subsidiary, department or agent of SAG-AFTRA. No portion of SAG-AFTRA’s union dues goes to support the AFTRA Retirement Fund’s benefits or operational expenses, except for the contributions that SAG-AFTRA makes to provide retirement benefits for its own employees.

SAG-AFTRA negotiates collective bargaining agreements with contributing industry employers that include provisions relating to the contributions employers agree to make to the AFTRA Retirement Fund on behalf of covered employees. Performers who meet established earnings levels for work performed under these contracts can become eligible to participate in the AFTRA Retirement Plan.

The AFTRA Retirement Fund is a “jointly trusteed” fund. It is governed by a Board of Trustees with representation from both SAG-AFTRA and contributing industry employers. The Trustees are responsible for setting the benefits, rules and regulations of the Fund and generally overseeing AFTRA Retirement Plan operations. The AFTRA Retirement Fund staff, led by the Chief Executive Officer, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the AFTRA Retirement Fund. The Trustees and staff are assisted by professional consultants, including AFTRA Retirement Fund counsel, investment advisors and managers, actuaries, health benefit consultants and certified public accountants.

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