Johnson, Jolliffe, Ruck win seats
Actor Ron Morgan was re-elected prez of the Los Angeles Local of the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists in a vote that also saw Membership First candidates Anne-Marie Johnson, David Jolliffe and Alan Ruck winning seats after campaigning on a platform opposing merger with SAG.
Morgan will begin his new two-year term July 1; he ran unopposed.
Also uncontested in their reelection for two-year terms were first VP Susan Boyd Joyce, a singer; actor Gabrielle Carteris, second veep; third veepee Bobbie Bates, a dancer; fourth VP Jason George, an actor; recording secretary Patrika Darbo, an actor; and thesp Jay Gerber continues as treasurer.
Reelected to three-year terms on the Local board of directors were actors David Bowe, Raza Burgee, Andrew Caple-Shaw, Carteris, Bob Joles, Kate Linder and Paul Napier; announcer Mike Sakellarides; dancer Galen Hooks; broadcaster Pepe Barreto; and singers Joyce and Dick Wells.
Incoming Los Angeles Local board members include actors David Andriole, Mimi Cozzens, Jolliffe, Marcia Strassman; and announcer Chuck Southcott.
Morgan was also elected to the AFTRA national board of directors for a four-year term; he also serves as a national VP of the union. In addition to him, national board members from the Los Angeles Local reelected to four-year terms include actors Carteris, Jay Gerber and Paul Petersen; Bates; and singers Joyce and Sally Stevens. Newly-elected to the AFTRA national board are actors D. W. Moffett, Jason Priestley, Johnson and Ruck.
AFTRA’s 62nd National Convention will be held Aug. 6-8 in Chicago, and 198 Los Angeles delegates were elected.
There are 73 seats total on the new AFTRA national board, which will be officially seated Aug. 9, following the convention. The AFTRA Los Angeles Local will be assigned 26 seats on the new national board; 13 were up for election, 11 were open seats and two seats were assigned to the announcer category and the newsperson category, respectively.
All AFTRA Los Angeles Local officer and board terms begin July 1. The AFTRA National Board terms begin at the conclusion of this summer’s National Convention.
A total of 3,262 valid ballots were received in the AFTRA Los Angeles election.
Membership First advocates a more aggressive negotiating posture than the moderates who dominate AFTRA’s elected leadership. Johnson serves as SAG’s First VP; Jolliffe headed the feature-primetime negotiating committee before it was abolished earlier this year; and Ruck is a SAG national board member.
Several other Membership First candidates did not win seats in the AFTRA election. The faction began seeking AFTRA seats several years ago and several of its members — including Bonnie Bartlett, Frances Fisher and Sumi Haru – currently sit on both the SAG and AFTRA national boards.