The AFL-CIO has tapped Screen Actors Guild prexy Alan Rosenberg as a member of its executive council, replacing former SAG president Melissa Gilbert.
The labor org’s exec council, in a vote Tuesday in Washington, D.C., selected Rosenberg to fill the rest of Gilbert’s second three-year term running into next summer. Gilbert, who chose not to seek re-election as SAG president last year, had stepped down from the council and recommended Rosenberg for the slot.
“As a young boy, I was inspired by the creation of the AFL-CIO and its mission to expand and protect the rights of workers and their families,” Rosenberg said. “I am honored and moved to have been elected to the federation and its Executive Council.”
The council is the AFL-CIO’s governing body, composed of three national officers and 51 VPs from various sectors of the labor community. AFL-CIO president John Sweeney nominated Rosenberg to the post.
Move comes three weeks after SAG’s national board approved joining the AFL-CIO’s Industry Coordinating Committee for Arts Media and Entertainment. Opponents had warned that joining the ICC would mean that the other 10 unions will be able to dictate the guild’s policies and strategies.
The AFL-CIO, which has been hit hard by the defections of half a dozen major unions, has insisted that such concerns are overblown. Rosenberg had supported joining the ICC, contending it would help identify areas of common interest among similar unions and then develop and coordinate strategies.
SAG’s new chief exec, Doug Allen, who begins work in January, has an extensive background with the AFL-CIO in his current role as the second-in-command at the NFL Players Assn. He’s secretary-treasurer of the Federation of Professional Athletes, the organization formed to affiliate with the AFL-CIO and to organize new areas in the athletic industry.