LOS ANGELES (August 30, 2016) — SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris was honored by the Jewish Labor Committee Western Region with the Elinor Glenn Leadership Award at its annual brunch on Sunday at the CBS Studio Center, Radford Lot in Studio City, Calif. The award was presented by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
“This is a tremendous honor and I am particularly moved to receive the Elinor Glenn Award which is named for the famed organizer and co-founder of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW). I thank the Jewish Labor Committee for this recognition and for their efforts to ensure social and economic justice for working people,” Carteris said.
Carteris was recognized for her years of labor activism and her service to SAG-AFTRA’s some 160,000 members. The JLC this year also recognized Ron Herrera of the Teamsters Local 396 and David Campbell of the United Steelworkers Local 675.
Carteris' journey into union service started almost a decade ago when she was shooting a Lifetime movie in Canada and was injured on set during a fight scene that left her partially paralyzed. She was soon elected to AFTRA's Los Angeles Local Board. Later, she became one of the few leaders to serve jointly on both the AFTRA National Board and SAG National Board. In 2011, her service expanded when she was elected AFTRA's Los Angeles Local president and national 2nd vice president.
After helping lead the 2012 merger of SAG and AFTRA, she served as co-president of the L.A. Local and national vice president, Los Angeles. At SAG-AFTRA's inaugural National Convention in 2013, Carteris was elected executive vice president, a position she held until April 2016, when the National Board elected her president in a historic vote.
In addition to her union service, Carteris remains a working actor. She recently recurred on the primetime series Code Black and previously hosted her own talk show, Gabrielle. She became a household name playing Andrea Zuckerman on the Aaron Spelling program Beverly Hills, 90210, which ended up being one of the longest-running one-hour series in television history and has been viewed in more than 100 countries.