SAG-AFTRA announced Friday that Gabrielle Carteris has been re-elected as executive vice president of the union at its second biennial SAG-AFTRA National Convention in Los Angeles. Her second two-year term begins immediately.
Carteris, of the dominant but challenged Unite for Strength faction, was elected by the convention delegates, besting MembershipFirst’s Patricia Richardson by 79.31 percent to 20.69 percent and signaling that UFS controls the bulk of the convention delegates. Richardson also lost her race for union president in August, but the results were much closer: UFS’s Ken Howard beat her by 53.74 percent to 46.26 percent.
“I am honored to be chosen by the SAG-AFTRA membership as their elected representative,”said Carteris. “Working together, we can continue to make progress that benefits our union and strives to improve the livelihoods of all SAG-AFTRA members.”
Executive vice president is considered the union’s second most powerful office. The third-ranked office, secretary-treasurer, went to MF’s Jane Austin in August, and she also won the presidency of the union’s largest local, Los Angeles. The two LA local VP slots are split between the two factions, while the president of the New York local, Mike Hodge, is aligned with UFS.
Another key locus of power, the national board, is dominated by UFS and its allies. UFS is the faction that championed merger of SAG and AFTRA beginning in 2008, a period when the union, under MF’s Alan Rosenberg, was stalemated in its negotiations with the studios.
Carteris became a household name playing Andrea Zuckerman on Aaron Spelling’s Beverly Hills, 90210. The success of the show allowed Carteris to get involved with many organizations, including DARE, Noxzema Extraordinary Teen program, MADD, Read to Grow, Best Buddies and the Sky’s The Limit Fund.
Carteris has also worked as a producer, creating a series of specials called Lifestories, which led to her producing and hosting her own talk show for Fox, Gabrielle. Recent credits include guest-starring roles on Criminal Minds, Make It or Break It, The Event, Longmire and The Middle.
Prior to the merger, Carteris served SAG and AFTRA in a variety of board, officer and delegate positions. She was a part of the G1 (Group for One Union) and helped develop the plan to merge the two unions, which took place in 2012. Prior to her first term as SAG-AFTRA executive vice president, Carteris also served SAG-AFTRA during the transition year as national vice president for Los Angeles.
The union said it will announce a full list of elected local and member category vice presidents later Friday. The convention runs Oct. 1-4 at the Sheraton Universal in Universal City.
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