AFTRA Re-Elects Roberta Reardon As President
July 25, 2011 at 4:55 AM (PT)
AFTRA has re-elected ROBERTA REARDON as National President of the union. REARDON won re-election on SATURDAY by unanimous acclamation at the union's National Convention in SEATTLE. Also re-elected was SIRIUS XM RADIO host BOB EDWARDS as National First VP, National VPs DENNY DELK, HOLTER GRAHAM, BOB BUTLER, CATHERINE BROWN, and JIM FERGUSON, National Treasurer MATT KIMBROUGH, and National Recording Secretary LAINIE COOKE. Actress GABRIELLE CARTERIS was elected National Second VP, and actor DENIS BERKFELDT was elected as a VP.
REARDON said, "I am a proud member of the AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TELEVISION AND RADIO ARTISTS. It is a tremendous privilege and an honor to represent AFTRA in the great halls of labor at the AFL-CIO, and to know that when I speak on behalf of AFTRA, I am representing this wonderful, complex and interwoven tapestry of members."
In her President's Report to the Delegates, REARDON reiterated her support for merger with the SCREEN ACTORS GUILD, saying, "AFTRA members look at the landscape of our industries and we see the tides of change rolling in: we understand that companies have consolidated their power, and that we face corporations who have learned that diversification is the key to their success. We know that union members need more power to deal with these international giants, more power as we face the digital era that is fast upon us and more power as we struggle with increasing demands of a work world that has become more unorganized as it grows. AFTRA members believe that one of the best ways to grow that power is to do what we have always done in the face of adversity: lock arms and stand together."