Actors' Equity Announces New Eastern Regional Director

Actors' Equity Announces New Eastern Regional Director

By Daniel Lehman

August 13, 2012


Tom Carpenter
Thomas Carpenter has been appointed to the position of Eastern regional director/assistant executive director and general counsel for Actors' Equity Association, the stage actors' union announced today.

"This is a tremendous opportunity to be part of the Equity staff as the union approaches its 100th anniversary," Carpenter said in a statement. "I look forward to working on behalf of the membership in all areas of contract administration, public policy, and strategic planning. As live performance increasingly intersects with recorded media, I will work closely with Equity's leadership to develop new strategies to protect the intellectual property rights and integrity of our members' performances."

In his combined role, Carpenter will lead Equity's Eastern regional staffs in New York and Orlando, and will oversee operations, collective bargaining, and contracts for the region as the union's Eastern regional director. His position as Eastern regional director means that he will also join the national executive staff as an assistant executive director. (Central Regional Director Christine Provost and Western Regional Director Mary Lou Westerfield are also assistant executive directors for Equity.) And as general counsel, he will manage arbitrations and "the union's relationships with external legal counsel for labor relations," according to Equity.

Carpenter will officially begin his Equity duties Aug. 27. He is currently the assistant national executive director and chief labor counsel for SAG-AFTRA, having served as AFTRA's general counsel and director of legislative affairs prior to this year's union merger. He was chief negotiator for national collective bargaining agreements at AFTRA.

"While SAG-AFTRA is sad to lose him, it is with great pride that we see him off to his new role at Actors' Equity Association -- pleased that the labor movement holds on to an invaluable executive and confident that the members of Actors' Equity Association will greatly benefit from his wisdom, judgment and dedication," SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director David White said in a statement.

"We are very pleased to have Tom join our Equity staff," Executive Director Mary McColl said in a statement. "Tom brings a breadth of experience to the table and his leadership skills complement our staff and support our mission. He will quickly become the go-to guy for our Eastern Region."

Carpenter is also a member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Journalists, treasurer of the International News Safety Institute, and a member of AFL-CIO's Lawyers Coordinating Committee and Lawyers Advisory Panel. He was legal counsel for Teamsters Local 705 in Chicago prior to joining the AFTRA staff.

"Tom was a tremendous asset to AFTRA who, during his 14 years with the union, had a variety of roles culminating in his leadership of AFTRA’s legal team overseeing litigation, government affairs, and policy matters for that union," SAG-AFTRA Co-President Roberta Reardon said in a statement. "He strengthened AFTRA’s legal and administrative functions, ensured strong protections for members, and developed and defended policies creating guidelines and safe havens for journalists in war zones and other dangerous situations. Tom’s expertise helped guide and steer us to the many successes we saw in recent years.  His counsel was a vital part of the Group for One Union (G1) planning process and a key component in the historic and successful merger of AFTRA and SAG. I am pleased and proud to see him off to the next phase of his career and to the many new accomplishments awaiting him. I wish him every success in his new role with Actors Equity Association and in all things."

Rick Berg, Equity's previous assistant executive director/Eastern regional director, announced his retirement in May.


Actors' Equity Announces New Eastern Regional Director

By Daniel Lehman

August 13, 2012


Tom Carpenter
Thomas Carpenter has been appointed to the position of Eastern regional director/assistant executive director and general counsel for Actors' Equity Association, the stage actors' union announced today.

"This is a tremendous opportunity to be part of the Equity staff as the union approaches its 100th anniversary," Carpenter said in a statement. "I look forward to working on behalf of the membership in all areas of contract administration, public policy, and strategic planning. As live performance increasingly intersects with recorded media, I will work closely with Equity's leadership to develop new strategies to protect the intellectual property rights and integrity of our members' performances."

In his combined role, Carpenter will lead Equity's Eastern regional staffs in New York and Orlando, and will oversee operations, collective bargaining, and contracts for the region as the union's Eastern regional director. His position as Eastern regional director means that he will also join the national executive staff as an assistant executive director. (Central Regional Director Christine Provost and Western Regional Director Mary Lou Westerfield are also assistant executive directors for Equity.) And as general counsel, he will manage arbitrations and "the union's relationships with external legal counsel for labor relations," according to Equity.

Carpenter will officially begin his Equity duties Aug. 27. He is currently the assistant national executive director and chief labor counsel for SAG-AFTRA, having served as AFTRA's general counsel and director of legislative affairs prior to this year's union merger. He was chief negotiator for national collective bargaining agreements at AFTRA.

"While SAG-AFTRA is sad to lose him, it is with great pride that we see him off to his new role at Actors' Equity Association -- pleased that the labor movement holds on to an invaluable executive and confident that the members of Actors' Equity Association will greatly benefit from his wisdom, judgment and dedication," SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director David White said in a statement.

"We are very pleased to have Tom join our Equity staff," Executive Director Mary McColl said in a statement. "Tom brings a breadth of experience to the table and his leadership skills complement our staff and support our mission. He will quickly become the go-to guy for our Eastern Region."

Carpenter is also a member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Journalists, treasurer of the International News Safety Institute, and a member of AFL-CIO's Lawyers Coordinating Committee and Lawyers Advisory Panel. He was legal counsel for Teamsters Local 705 in Chicago prior to joining the AFTRA staff.

"Tom was a tremendous asset to AFTRA who, during his 14 years with the union, had a variety of roles culminating in his leadership of AFTRA’s legal team overseeing litigation, government affairs, and policy matters for that union," SAG-AFTRA Co-President Roberta Reardon said in a statement. "He strengthened AFTRA’s legal and administrative functions, ensured strong protections for members, and developed and defended policies creating guidelines and safe havens for journalists in war zones and other dangerous situations. Tom’s expertise helped guide and steer us to the many successes we saw in recent years.  His counsel was a vital part of the Group for One Union (G1) planning process and a key component in the historic and successful merger of AFTRA and SAG. I am pleased and proud to see him off to the next phase of his career and to the many new accomplishments awaiting him. I wish him every success in his new role with Actors Equity Association and in all things."

Rick Berg, Equity's previous assistant executive director/Eastern regional director, announced his retirement in May.
 
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