The fourth biennial SAG-AFTRA National Convention concluded on Oct. 13, with members voting on resolutions and hearing speeches from the union’s top officers. The four-day event brought together member delegates to vote on resolutions that advance the union and its mission. This year’s theme was “#Unconventional.”
Throughout convention, 400 delegates from the union’s national membership passed numerous resolutions. The election of the executive vice president and national vice presidents among the union’s seven geographic and work categories was held on Oct. 11. That same day, delegates attended a keynote conversation between Oscar-nominated producer Jason Blum (BlacKkKlansman, Get Out) and Wall Street Journal editor Ben Fritz. The following day, delegates heard from National Executive Director and witnessed the formal signing of a new cooperative agreement between SAG-AFTRA and the Mexican actors union the Asociación Nacional de Actores. Delegates also had the option of attending breakout sessions on a multitude of subjects, including organizing, litigation, social media and more.
But it wasn’t all work and no play for delegates. On Oct. 11, the convention also held a formal evening gala, “Casino Unconventionale.” Two special events, the American Scene Awards and George Heller Memorial Awards ceremonies, took place during the gala. The American Scene Awards recognizes employers in music, media and broadcasting that endeavor to showcase stories of diversity in the American landscape, and the George Heller award is given to individuals among the union’s membership and staff that exemplify its core values. Some members were also able to attend a special screening of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood on Oct. 12.
On the last day of convention, Oct. 13, SAG-AFTRA’s top officers, gave keynote speeches and discussed a number of important topics including the union’s continued efforts to organize and create stronger contracts and safety protocols, as well as uphold digital image rights in the face of rising technology. In her closing remarks, Carteris thanked delegates for their service to members and congratulated the newly elected leadership. She also thanked the staff.
Delegates were treated to a closing video that featured highlights from the four-day convention.
The next biennial SAG-AFTRA convention is set to take place in 2021.
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