In a 1,000-word statement that will be sent to members of both unions along with merger ballots next week, opponents Scott Bakula, Joe d’Angerio, Elliott Gould, Valerie Harper, Ed Harris, Anne-Marie Johnson, David Jolliffe and Martin Sheen ask members to vote no “and demand that our union leaders conduct the necessary due diligence to create an agreement which will not harm actors.”

Also read: SAG, AFTRA Release Details of Proposed Merger

Opponents express concerns about how a merged union will govern itself, and note that while the current SAG constitution prohibits the guild from paying officers, the SAG-AFTRA constitution allows elected leaders to receive pay.

Read the opposition statement here