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SAG-AFTRA Convention Concludes

October 17, 2019

By Stephanie West

On October 13, 2019, the fourth SAG-AFTRA National Convention concluded. The three-day event brought together member delegates to vote on resolutions that advance the union and its mission. This year’s theme was “UNCONVENT!ONAL.”

In closing remarks, SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said, “I am so honored to have spent these last few days together with members from across the country, setting a path for the future of SAG-AFTRA and our membership. We are living in incredible times. Our union is achieving truly amazing things — stronger contracts, organizing victories, safety protocols — real progress on behalf of our members. We have done work around safety on the set, sexual harassment, stunt coordinator process guidelines, and contract enforcement. All these things come with incredible effort and they take great courage. What we have achieved is possible only because we have had, and will continue to have, our eyes on the prize. I’m looking forward to the future and creating a stronger union together.”

Executive Vice President Rebecca Damon discussed digital image rights, encouraged delegates to mentor the next generation of performers and asked members to stand up and fight back when SAG-AFTRA’s core principles come under attack. “I believe that when you are a leader of this union, you have a calling to make things the best they can be,” said Damon adding, “The world is changing around us. We face new technology and we’re in a moment of media evolution. We have to acknowledge that the future is here and the choices we make at this moment will not just impact our digital rights, but also how we move through the evolving space for generations to come.”

The next biennial SAG-AFTRA convention will take place in 2021. SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 members. 

October 17, 2019

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