SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris Appointed to AFL-CIO Executive Council

Gabrielle Carteris - Getty - H 2016
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Gabrielle Carteris - Getty - H 2016

She joins a governing body whose past members have included other performers union leaders.

SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris has been appointed to the AFL-CIO executive council, the federation announced Wednesday. The council, whose 50 or so members also include IATSE president Matthew Loeb, is a key AFL-CIO governing body.

“Gabrielle is a long-time union activist who is not afraid to stand up and fight for what’s best for her fellow actors,” said AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka. “I am proud to welcome her to the executive council, and look forward to working with her to make the lives of all working people better.”

Said Carteris: “I’m thrilled to join the AFL-CIO executive council and look forward to working with my fellow council members to advance the interests of SAG-AFTRA members and those of our brother and sister unions. I want to thank President Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre and all of my fellow council members for this great honor and tremendous opportunity.”

Carteris was elected to her first term as executive vp at the inaugural SAG-AFTRA Convention in 2013 and re-elected at the Convention in 2015. She served in numerous roles within SAG and AFTRA before the merger, and was instrumental in developing the merger plan. Carteris became acting president, then president, after the death in March of SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard, who (like former AFTRA president Roberta Reardon) had also been appointed to the AFL-CIO’s council.

Carteris, who recently recurred on CBS’ Code Black, became a household name playing Andrea Zuckerman on Beverly Hills, 90210, a job she described as “an amazing experience” in a blog post Wednesday on the AFL-CIO website. The post goes on to describe how a serious injury sustained during a fight scene nine years ago underscored for her the importance of residuals, health insurance and other union benefits, and today motivates her involvement in SAG-AFTRA.