“Gabrielle is a long-time 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.”
Carteris became president of SAG-AFTRA in April as the successor to Ken Howard, who died unexpectedly on March 23. She is best known for her role as Andrea Zuckerman on the TV show “Beverly Hills 90210” and played a recurring role in “Code Black.” Her other credits include “Touched by an Angel,” “King of the Hill,” “NYPD Blue,” “Jag,” and “Criminal Minds.”
“I’m thrilled to join the AFL-CIO executive council 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,” said Carteris.
Carteris was elected to her first term as executive vice president at the inaugural SAG-AFTRA convention in 2013 and reelected at the convention in 2015 over Patricia Richardson. She was active in supporting the 2012 merger of SAG and AFTRA, which created a performers union with about 160,000 members.
The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations is made up of 56 unions, representing more than 12 million active and retired workers.
Carteris also posted a “Why I Serve” essay on Wednesday in the AFL-CIO Now blog, in which she explained how that an injury on a movie set had deepened her appreciation for her union.
“I had health coverage and support from my unions as I went through the legal process. I couldn’t do it alone, and I realized just how crucial a union is. And that is the point. No one wants to go it alone. Really, no one can go it alone.”