LOS ANGELES (Sept. 29, 2013)-- The inaugural SAG-AFTRA National Convention concluded today with inspiring speeches from the union’s top officers, which focused on the convention’s theme: United for Our Future. The day capped a four-day convention bringing together member delegates from across the country to celebrate union solidarity and conduct business.
In closing remarks, SAG-AFTRA National President Ken Howard called upon delegates to take the hard work they did at convention back to their locals and continue the conversation.
“These days have been filled with reminders of what we do and why we choose to do it. We entertain and inform the world and our work can change lives,” Howard said. “We must always keep our eye on the prize: we are here to serve, to consider, to advise, to decide, and to lead – for the members. Our guiding principle must always be what is right for the members; that which serves the members’ interests.”
The last day of convention began with Howard congratulating the newly elected national and member category vice presidents. He also thanked former Co-President Roberta Reardon for her service and dedication to the merger campaign. The final constitutional amendments and resolutions were presented and considered for voting. A full report will follow.
Two video reports highlighted successful organizing efforts in sound recordings for dancers. Bobbie Bates discussed the Music Video Contract and Ellen Crawford brought delegates up to date on the new Touring Agreement campaign.
National Secretary-Treasurer Amy Aquino addressed the delegation, reporting on the union’s finances and her experience at convention. Said Aquino, “I didn’t know what to expect of this convention. I had attended a number of AFTRA conventions … But this was something utterly unlike anything I’ve experienced before. The fact is I have been completely overwhelmed by the experience and by the massive potential here.”
Aquino also acknowledged her partnership and longtime friendship with former Co-Secretary-Treasurer Matt Kimbrough and also former National Executive Vice President Ned Vaughn.
National Executive Vice President Gabrielle Carteris delivered closing remarks, saying, “What we have done this weekend – at this convention – is beginning the shape of our foundation. We have listened, we have debated, we have worked through interests and concerns …What we have done are create a framework to better member’s lives. I believe we have begun a proud and enduring legacy upon which our later generations will reflect and benefit.”
National Executive Director David White delivered a report on the state of the union saying, “We are all united, for your future and for ours. We are thrilled to be your partners in this important work and we look forward to making SAG-AFTRA even greater – together.”
A closing video took a look back at highlights of the convention showcasing the hard work of delegates and staff.
The next SAG-AFTRA convention will take place in 2015.
SAG-AFTRA represents more than 165,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other entertainment and media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. A proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO, SAG-AFTRA has national offices in Los Angeles and New York and local offices nationwide representing members working together to secure the strongest protections for entertainment and media artists into the 21st century and beyond. Visit SAG-AFTRA online at SAGAFTRA.org.
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