SAG-AFTRA co-president Roberta Reardon is running for president of the union’s New York Local, the union leader told The Hollywood Reporter in an exclusive interview. Reardon will run as part of a new group, NYC4U.
“I’m thrilled to announce that I’m running for New York Local president with a terrific coalition of New York leaders from both of the former unions,” she said, referring to SAG-AFTRA’s pre-merger predecessor organizations. “We’ll be announcing the full list (of NYC4U candidates) soon.”
Reardon was national president of AFTRA and is co-president of SAG-AFTRA along with fellow co-president Ken Howard, former president of SAG. He’s running for re-election, this time as sole SAG-AFTRA president.
Howard has endorsed incumbent NY Local president Mike Hodge for re-election. According to a source, Reardon previously attempted to get Hodge to step aside and not run for re-election, so that she could run unopposed. That didn’t happen: Hodge is topping the ticket for an established slate called USAN, as THR reported on Thursday.
USAN has been allied in the past with Unite for Strength (UFS), the Los Angeles based group that is led by several of the union’s current officers, including Howard, SAG-AFTRA executive vice president Ned Vaughn and union secretary-treasurer Amy Aquino.
However, UFS is not endorsing either group this time around.
“Unite for Strength recognizes that elected members and candidates from both of New York’s recently announced slates have contributed remarkably to the prosperity of SAG, AFTRA and now SAG-AFTRA,” says a statement on UFS’s Facebook page. “UFS representatives have developed friendships and excellent working relationships with members from both groups. In recognition of the above and the fact that Unite for Strength is a Los Angeles based organization, we will not be officially endorsing either NY slate.”
The statement adds, “Individual UFS members are, of course, free to endorse anyone in any local, but Unite for Strength as a group will only endorse candidates for the directly elected National officers and our own candidates here in Los Angeles.”
UFS’s Vaughn is not running for re-election as executive vice president. Sources say that Reardon will run for that office, albeit without Howard’s endorsement. Reardon declined to comment on any evp plans she may have.
The evp is elected at the union’s convention, which will be held at the end of September, whereas most other positions, such as president, secretary-treasurer, local president and board seats, are elected by direct balloting in a process that runs from mid-July to mid-August.
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