SAG-AFTRA Appoints New Ohio-Pittsburgh Local Executive Director

Attorney Brian Lysell has a background in traditional labor unions and comes from a working-class family.

SAG-AFTRA announced Thursday the appointment of a new executive director for its Ohio-Pittsburgh Local: Brian Lysell, who started work on April 15.

Lysell has worked for the labor unions that represent hotel employees in New York City -- as a grievance officer, business agent, vice president and ultimately chief of staff and delegate to the New York City Central Labor Council. He has represented workers on the shop floor, in mediation and at arbitration, and has logged in hundreds of hours negotiating with employers at the bargaining table.

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The union's Ohio-Pittsburgh president, Paul Martino, said, "We are excited to welcome Brian to the SAG-AFTRA family and look forward to the growth and guidance that will come from his expertise and leadership."

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The son of a boilermaker and postal worker, Lysell grew up in Pittsburgh and received two bachelor's degrees from Pennsylvania State University. He graduated law school with honors from the University of South Carolina, where he received the James Petigru Compleat Lawyer Award, Bronze Medallion. Immediately prior to joining SAG-AFTRA, Lysell worked as an attorney at Callison, Tighe & Robinson in South Carolina.

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