AFTRA must rerun board races


In yet another fracas arising from its disputes with SAG, AFTRA said Sunday that it has been ordered by the U.S. Labor Department to rerun races for 13 of its national board seats.

The decision follows a complaint by an unnamed failed candidate for one of the board seats, who well-placed sources say is a dual cardholder in SAG and AFTRA. Several members of SAG holding AFTRA memberships had sought AFTRA board seats in an effort to influence the union's policy that some in SAG have found objectionable, largely in the area of cable TV organizing.

The AFTRA statement said the national seats all involve Los Angeles reps on the national board and that seven Los Angeles local board seats also were vacated by the Labor Department.

"While the allegations in the original challenge were not sustained, (the Labor Department) determined that Pacific Election Services, the outside vendor hired by the union to oversee the Los Angeles election, made several errors in the mailing and processing of ballots," AFTRA said.

The new round of voting will be held in "early 2008," the performers union said.