Los Angeles (November 9, 2009) - The AFL-CIO elected Screen Actors Guild National President Ken Howard to its Executive Council today during its scheduled meeting in Washington D.C. Howard, whose Executive Council term runs until the summer of 2013, fills a seat vacated by former Guild National President Alan Rosenberg, who had served on the Federation’s Council for three years before stepping down. Howard will concentrate on issues that affect the Guild, the Associated Actors and Artistes of America, professional employees and the entertainment and media industries.
“It is a privilege to represent Screen Actors Guild members on the Executive Council and to work closely with the leaders of the national labor movement. I thank the members of the AFL-CIO executive council for the honor of serving with them,” Howard said. “Working with President Richard Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer Liz Schuler, Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker and all of my fellow council members, I am looking forward to advancing the interests of SAG members and the millions of workers the AFL-CIO represents through its member unions.”
The Executive Council is the AFL-CIO’s governing body authorized to enforce provisions of the federation’s Constitution. The council is comprised of three national officers and 51 vice presidents from various sectors of the labor community.
The Executive Council also passed a resolution honoring former Guild National President Alan Rosenberg for his years of service on the council and for Screen Actors Guild’s support of the Employee Free Choice Act and other issues of critical importance to working families.
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Screen Actors Guild is the nation’s largest labor union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has a rich history in the American labor movement, from standing up to studios to break long-term engagement contracts in the 1940s to fighting for artists’ rights amid the digital revolution sweeping the entertainment industry in the 21st century. With 20 branches nationwide, SAG represents over 120,000 actors who work in film and digital motion pictures and television programs, commercials, video games, industrials, Internet and all new media formats. The Guild exists to enhance actors’ working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists’ rights. SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO. Headquartered in Los Angeles, you can visit SAG online at SAG.org.