The third day of the SAG-AFTRA National Convention welcomed Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, who thanked the leadership for their work “during this exciting time for the union.”
“As you embark on this remarkable journey together as one, the fact of the matter is people can’t play you off each other anymore. That’s really important,” he said. “I want to thank you for the work that you do. While I go into the court of law, you go into the court that is much bigger. That’s the court of public opinion – winning the minds and hearts of the people.”
Los Angeles (Sept. 28, 2013) –On Friday, the second day of SAG-AFTRA’s National Convention mixed business with educational opportunities for delegates.
The day’s business started with a video greeting from National President Ken Howard, who apologized for missing today’s sessions but who was working on a project and unable to attend. In Howard’s absence, the gavel was turned over to newly elected Executive Vice President Gabrielle Carteris who thanked the delegates for electing her and welcomed to the dais the seven newly elected vice presidents.
Day 1 of the SAG-AFTRA National Convention included an Information and Resource Expo at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE. The expo featured exhibitions by committees, departments and resources and programs available to SAG-AFTRA members in all categories. Convention delegates, staff and guests mingled and networked in the expo hall learning about the many resources, benefits and protections available to union members.
The inaugural SAG-AFTRA National Convention kicked off Thursday, Sept. 26 with a welcome by newly elected National President Ken Howard and a rousing keynote speech by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
SAG-AFTRA kicked off its first national convention Wednesday at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, with a welcome reception hosted by the Los Angeles Local, featuring an address from special guest Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Addressing guests and delegates, Garcetti reminded them he is a member of SAG-AFTRA and proudly displayed his membership card. Other featured guest speakers and SAG-AFTRA members included CBS2 news anchor Pat Harvey and actor Jon Tenney.
Los Angeles (Sept. 26, 2013)—SAG-AFTRA today announced that Gabrielle Carteris has been elected as executive vice president of the union. Carteris was elected to the two-year term at the inaugural SAG-AFTRA Convention in Los Angeles. Her term begins immediately.
A total of 303 ballots were cast in the election that consisted of three candidates. Carteris received 66.5 percent of the vote, Mike Hodge received 23.22 percent, Jane Austin received 10.28 percent. Millie Wright was also a candidate.
Los Angeles (Sept. 24, 2013) – SAG-AFTRA will present a wide array of 20 professional development programs, as well as a special keynote panel, at its inaugural national convention taking place Sept. 26-29 at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE.
LOS ANGELES (Sept. 24, 2013) --- SAG-AFTRA today announced its recipients for the first SAG-AFTRA American Scene Awards. The awards are scheduled to take place on Friday, Sept. 27 as part of the Celebration event honoring SAG-AFTRA’s inaugural convention. The Inaugural National Convention Celebration is a dinner event with host Mary Hart (Entertainment Tonight). The evening includes entertainment and a special musical performance led by Dorian Holley (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno).
Los Angeles (Sept. 19, 2013) – Union leaders, delegates and special guests will converge on Southern California for the inaugural SAG-AFTRA national convention, taking place Sept. 26-29 at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE.
With the theme of United for Our Future, the convention brings together hundreds of member delegates, including national officers, national board members, local presidents and members from around the country to discuss and decide on items vital to the future of the union.