SAG-AFTRA Receives AFL-CIO Charter

SAG-AFTRA Receives AFL-CIO Charter

By Daniel Holloway

August 8, 2012


The AFL-CIO issued a new national charter Aug. 1 to SAG-AFTRA, the union formed by the merger this year of Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Both predecessor unions had been AFL-CIO members.

SAG-AFTRA co-presidents Ken Howard and Roberta Reardon, who had previously served as vice presidents on the AFL-CIO's executive council as representatives of SAG and AFTRA, respectively, will continue to serve on the council as representatives of the new union.

"With workers' rights under attack nationwide, this charter represents a bright spot in the union movement and we are proud to add our new, unified voice in support of all workers in this country," Reardon said in a written statement. "We are delighted to join with workers across the nation, and reaffirm the mission we share with the AFL-CIO: to ensure workers are treated fairly."

"This is a terrific capstone to the historic merger of SAG and AFTRA and we are proud to receive a charter from America's labor federation, the AFL-CIO, and we thank President Richard Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker, and the members of the Executive Council," Howard added. "This charter represents the start of a new chapter for our organization, facing new challenges in a changing entertainment and media landscape, but also presenting limitless opportunities."

The AFL-CIO, one of the oldest and most powerful labor organizations in the world, is an umbrella organization composed of 56 unions representing more than 12 million workers. SAG-AFTRA was formed in March following a vote by members of SAG and AFTRA.

"Today the AFL-CIO celebrates a new charter for a newly created union, SAG-AFTRA, that brings together two great unions committed to changing to meet the needs of the future," AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka said in the same statement. "The AFL-CIO commends the members and leaders for a process that gave every member a chance to weigh in -- it's union democracy at its best. I look forward to the continued leadership of SAG-AFTRA Co-Presidents Ken Howard and Roberta Reardon on the AFL-CIO Executive Council."

The AFL-CIO issued charters to SAG and AFTRA in the mid-1930s through the Associated Actors and Artistes of America. FTRA received a direct charter from the organization in 2008.

"A lot of people don't realize what SAG-AFTRA does," said SAG-AFTRA national executive director David White. "As the union that represents the world's most recognizable faces, it's easy to forget that our main focus is to ensure that middle-class working performers are provided fair compensation and safe working conditions. Only a small fraction of our 165,000 members are high-profile stars; the rest are dedicated professionals who work hard to feed their families and pay their mortgages. As workers in any other industry, they deserve the rights and protections that only a labor union provides."


SAG-AFTRA Receives AFL-CIO Charter

By Daniel Holloway

August 8, 2012


The AFL-CIO issued a new national charter Aug. 1 to SAG-AFTRA, the union formed by the merger this year of Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Both predecessor unions had been AFL-CIO members.

SAG-AFTRA co-presidents Ken Howard and Roberta Reardon, who had previously served as vice presidents on the AFL-CIO's executive council as representatives of SAG and AFTRA, respectively, will continue to serve on the council as representatives of the new union.

"With workers' rights under attack nationwide, this charter represents a bright spot in the union movement and we are proud to add our new, unified voice in support of all workers in this country," Reardon said in a written statement. "We are delighted to join with workers across the nation, and reaffirm the mission we share with the AFL-CIO: to ensure workers are treated fairly."

"This is a terrific capstone to the historic merger of SAG and AFTRA and we are proud to receive a charter from America's labor federation, the AFL-CIO, and we thank President Richard Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker, and the members of the Executive Council," Howard added. "This charter represents the start of a new chapter for our organization, facing new challenges in a changing entertainment and media landscape, but also presenting limitless opportunities."

The AFL-CIO, one of the oldest and most powerful labor organizations in the world, is an umbrella organization composed of 56 unions representing more than 12 million workers. SAG-AFTRA was formed in March following a vote by members of SAG and AFTRA.

"Today the AFL-CIO celebrates a new charter for a newly created union, SAG-AFTRA, that brings together two great unions committed to changing to meet the needs of the future," AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka said in the same statement. "The AFL-CIO commends the members and leaders for a process that gave every member a chance to weigh in -- it's union democracy at its best. I look forward to the continued leadership of SAG-AFTRA Co-Presidents Ken Howard and Roberta Reardon on the AFL-CIO Executive Council."

The AFL-CIO issued charters to SAG and AFTRA in the mid-1930s through the Associated Actors and Artistes of America. FTRA received a direct charter from the organization in 2008.

"A lot of people don't realize what SAG-AFTRA does," said SAG-AFTRA national executive director David White. "As the union that represents the world's most recognizable faces, it's easy to forget that our main focus is to ensure that middle-class working performers are provided fair compensation and safe working conditions. Only a small fraction of our 165,000 members are high-profile stars; the rest are dedicated professionals who work hard to feed their families and pay their mortgages. As workers in any other industry, they deserve the rights and protections that only a labor union provides."
 
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