By Lynette Rice
Updated January 29, 2012 at 04:45 PM EST

Hollywood’s two big acting unions just took another step toward a significant merger. The National Board of Directors of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, or AFTRA — which oversees more than 70,000 actors, broadcasters, singers, and dancers — voted Saturday to recommend a merger with the Screen Actors Guild by 94 percent. The vote comes a day after the SAG National Board of Directors voted in favor of approving the merger package by 87 percent.

Members of AFTRA and SAG (which oversees 120,000 members) will now vote on the merger after Feb. 27. More than 60 percent of the actors need to approve it in order to create a merged union that would be called SAG-AFTRA.

SAG National President Ken Howard said in a release:

The proposed merger is expected to be addressed at tonight’s SAG Awards that will be telecast on TNT.

The AFTRA National Board unanimously voted to recommend the terms of the 2011-2014 Network Television Code agreement to AFTRA members for ratification. Ballots on the Network Television Code will go out on Monday, Jan. 30 with a return date of Feb. 22.

AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon said this in release: