New Screen Actors Guild President Ken Howard keeps pushing the idea. Here's what he told The Wrap:
One of the problems with management is -- and I would be this way, too, if I were in their position -- they would like nothing better than to play one against the other. This has been going on forever. Imagine if you were a member of the Teamsters, and there was another smaller group that could supply trucks or whatever. That's the end of the Teamster's power. So it would be very good to put all the actors under one tent; it would certainly provide us with more power at the bargaining table. We can't be turned against each other that way.
The merger will happen eventually -- it's in our interest financially, and it has been for some time. Look, management is looking to fill a lot of air time, and they'll go any which way possible. For us to divide up makes us vulnerable. I am not interested in leading any kind of strike, but in any kind of negotiation, if a strike does happen, you have to be sure it's something that's going to shut things down. And we're not in that situation right now.
Howard comes off as a moderate who seems more willing to negotiate with management.