SAG-AFTRA's Roberta Reardon Elected to National Labor College Board of Trustees

7:16 PM PST 03/07/2013 by Jonathan Handel
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The guild co-president adds to her portfolio of union-related offices.

SAG-AFTRA co-president Roberta Reardon has been elected to the board of trustees of the National Labor College, the union said Thursday.

The college, located in Silver Spring, Md., is the only one in the United States with an exclusive mission to serve the educational needs of the labor movement. The student body is made up of working adults.

“We are proud to have such a strong union leader serve on our board,” said Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO president and chairperson of the college’s board of trustees. “We know her vast experience will be an asset as National Labor College continues to expand educational opportunities for labor union men and women across the country.”

Reardon is also a VP of the AFL-CIO, a member of the Arts & Entertainment Committee of the New York State Federation of the AFL-CIO and a board member of the Union Leadership Institute of the Cornell University Institute of Labor Relations.

In addition, she’s a member of the AFTRA Foundation board of directors and a trustee of the AFTRA Health & Retirement Funds.

Reardon and SAG-AFTRA co-president Ken Howard both represent SAG-AFTRA through their participation as VPs on the AFL-CIO Executive Council and are trustees of the Actors Fund.

Reardon and Howard’s terms of office run until the votes for the SAG-AFTRA election are tallied, which will happen in September (or perhaps August) of this year. The current system of co-presidents and other co-officers is transitional and will end at that time.

In particular, there will be only one president. It’s not known whether either Reardon or Howard will run for that office (nor whether former anti-merger activists will coalesce around a candidate of their own). Reardon’s activity in various labor-movement organizations may be a signal that she intends to run for SAG-AFTRA president – or they may be intended to give her an alternate forum for labor involvement.

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