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Roberta Reardon Heads N.Y. Coalition As SAG-AFTRA Election Heats Up

Election ballots mailed out in mid-July

The SAG-AFTRA election is heating up with current SAG-AFTRA co-president Roberta Reardon heading the New York Coalition for Unity as a slate of SAG-AFTRA candidates.

It’s the second New York-based slate to emerge for the first election of the 15-month-old SAG-AFTRA. Ballots go out in mid-July.

Reardon has opted to seek the New York presidency, facing off against current New York president Mike Hodge, who heads the United Screen Actors Nationwide slate. The election will run from mid-July to mid-August.

The new slate is stressing organizing non-union work and the experience of its members, such as Reardon’s role in heading negotiations for the commercial contract. “We have a diversity covering every area of union membership,” she added.

Reardon was president of AFTRA from 2007 to 2012 and became co-president when the union merged with SAG.  She was a strong advocate for the merger.

Ken Howard, Reardon’s SAG-AFTRA co-president, is seeking the presidency against Esai Morales of the revived membership first slate of self-styled progressives.  Reardon said she plans to seek the exec VP slot at the union’s first convention in September.

The New York Coalition includes Anne Gartlan, Holter Graham, Jim Kerr, and Sue-Anne Morrow running as VPs.

“Throughout my union career I have focused on one thing–securing good union jobs for our members with the strongest rates and conditions possible.” Reardon said. “Achieving the merger of our two unions is a signature piece of my work. Fulfilling the promise of that merger is our next task. “

Reardon has received endorsements from current secretary-treasurer Amy Aquino and Gabrielle Carteris, who is co-president of the LA Local SAG-AFTRA.

Besides Hodge, the USAN slate includes Rebecca Damon, Maureen Donnelly, Jay Potter, and Liz Zazzi for New York vice presidents.

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