SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris has been named to the executive council of the AFL-CIO, the giant labor organization to which the performers union is aligned. Former SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard, who died in March, had been an AFL-CIO vice president.
“Gabrielle is a longtime union activist who is not afraid to stand up and fight for what’s best for her fellow actors,” said AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka. “I am proud to welcome her to the executive council, and look forward to working with her to make the lives of all working people better.”
Last year, SAG-AFTRA paid the AFL-CIO $1,248,667 in per capita taxes, which are based on the paid-up membership of each affiliated union. Since the 2012 merger of SAG and AFTRA — which the AFL-CIO helped orchestrate — SAG-AFTRA has paid $3,621,032 in per capita taxes.
Other industry unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO include IATSE, the WGA East, and NABET-CWA. The DGA and the WGA West are not affiliated.
“I’m thrilled to join the AFL-CIO executive council,” Carteris said, “and look forward to working with my fellow council members to advance the interests of SAG-AFTRA members and those of our brother and sister unions.”
Unlike SAG-AFTRA, which does not endorse political candidates, the AFL-CIO does. In June, it endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.