American Federation of Television and Radio Artists NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 22, 2007
CONTACT: John Hinrichs, 323.634.8115
RON MORGAN REELECTED AFTRA LA PRESIDENT
Voting Held for Local Officers, Local and National Board Members, and Convention Delegates
LOS ANGELES — Actor Ron Morgan has been re-elected President of AFTRA Los
Angeles and will begin his new two-year term July 1. Unopposed in his bid
for reelection, Mr. Morgan is also a member of the AFTRA Los Angeles Local
Board and currently serves as a National Vice President.
Also uncontested in their reelection for two-year terms as officers for
AFTRA Los Angeles were First Vice President Susan Boyd Joyce, a singer; Lori
Alan, an actor, Second Vice President; Third Vice President Bobbie Bates, a
dancer; Fourth VP Jason George, an actor; and actor Jay Gerber continues as
Treasurer. Newly-elected to a two-year term as Recording Secretary was
actress Patrika Darbo replacing Dan Navarro who did not seek reelection but
will continue as a member of the AFTRA Boards.
Reelected to three-year terms on the Los Angeles Local Board were actors
Lori Alan, Audrey Baranishyn, Matthew Kimbrough, and Bill Ratner; announcer
John Harlan; dancer Sharon Ferguson; broadcasters Furnell Chatman and David
Horowitz; singers Jon Joyce and Dan Navarro; stuntperson Nick Brett.
Incoming Los Angeles Board members include actors Roxanna Cortes, Milo
Edwards, Morgan Fairchild, Robert Pine, and Joan Pirkle.
AFTRA Election Results
National Board members from Los Angeles reelected to four-year terms include
actors Andrew Caple-Shaw, Patrika Darbo, Jason George, and Sumi Haru; dancer
Sharon Ferguson; singers Linda Harmon Jon Joyce, and Dan Navarro; and
stuntperson Nick Brett. Newly-elected to the National Board are actors
Audrey Baranishyn, Bonnie Bartlett, Frances Fisher, and Bill Ratner.
191 Los Angeles Delegates to AFTRA’s 70th Anniversary National Convention
were also elected. This year’s Convention will be held July 19 – 21, 2007,
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
All Local Officer and Board terms begin July 1. National Board terms begin
at the conclusion of this summer’s Convention.
A total of 2,078 valid ballots were received in the AFTRA Los Angeles
Voting in the AFTRA New York local election is still open with ballots due
by 5 pm May 25; results will be available after the ballots are counted on
AFTRA retains incumbents
By Carl DiOrio
May 23, 2007
AFTRA Los Angeles president Ron Morgan and most other incumbents have been retained after several testy board contests in which some candidates with dual SAG affiliations raised Cain over perceived AFTRA slights to SAG.
An AFTRA Leadership slate, supporting current officers and policies of the 70,000-member performers union, faced off against a slate dubbed AFTRA Artists. The latter group, featuring such SAG/AFTRA members as JoBeth Williams, Frances Fisher and Kent McCord — currently first national vp for SAG — claimed AFTRA regularly settles for weak contract terms, effectively undermining SAG’s ability to negotiate more lucrative pacts.
As it turned out, the upstart slate made only minimal headway.
Of 13 AFTRA Artists candidates to AFTRA’s national board, only Farmer, Bonnie Bartlett and incumbent Sumi Haru won seats. None of the slate’s three candidates for local board seats were successful.
“The AFTRA Leadership team is very pleased and happy with the election results, and what we think this means is that the membership is pleased with the way things have been going,” said Morgan, an actor who ran unopposed for a new two-year term to start July 1. “We need people to understand that we are in favor of increasing our contracts, getting them more money, better terms and conditions. What members are telling us, really clearly, is that they want to work. They want the jobs, and they want the most money they can get.”
Morgan also is a member of the AFTRA Los Angeles board and a national vp of the union.
AFTRA and SAG/AFTRA negotiators will iron out eight contracts this year and next, with AFTRA’s sound-recording contract currently being negotiated. Morgan declined to discuss the ongoing talks.
About two-thirds of AFTRA membership is comprised of actors and performers, with the balance comprised of broadcasters and recording artists. About 40% of member actors and performers also are members of SAG, AFTRA spokesman John Hinrichs said.
“About 90% of our actor-elected leadership are dual cardholders,” Hinrichs added.
That number now includes actor Morgan Fairchild, who successfully ran for the AFTRA’s Los Angeles board as part of the AFTRA Leadership slate.
Voting for local board members and vps in New York continues through Friday, with those results to be announced May 29.
AFTRA New York president Roberta Reardon, an actress who has worked in daytime drama, commercials and TV voice-overs, was elected April 28 by the union’s national board to serve as AFTRA national president until July.
Reardon replaced acting president and radio host Bob Edwards, who was elevated to the position in March after the long-serving John Connolly resigned to become national executive director of Actors Equity. AFTRA membership will elect a president to a full two-year term in July at the union’s national convention in Philadelphia.
Also uncontested in their reelection for the AFTRA Los Angeles board were singer and first vp Susan Boyd Joyce, actor and second vp Lori Alan, dancer and third vp Bobbie Bates, and actor and fourth vp Jason George. Actor Jay Gerber continues as treasurer.
Newly elected to a two-year term as recording secretary was actress Patrika Darbo, replacing Dan Navarro who did not seek reelection but will continue as a member of the AFTRA boards.
Reelected to three-year terms on the Los Angeles board were actors Lori Alan, Audrey Baranishyn, Matthew Kimbrough and Bill Ratner; announcer John Harlan; dancer Sharon Ferguson; broadcasters Furnell Chatman and David Horowitz; singers Jon Joyce and Dan Navarro and stuntperson Nick Brett.
Incoming Los Angeles board members include actors Roxanna Cortes, Milo Edwards, Fairchild, Robert Pine and Joan Pirkle.
National board members re-elected to four-year terms include actors Andrew Caple-Shaw, Darbo, Jason George and Haru; Ferguson; singers Linda Harmon, Joyce and Navarro; and Brett. Newly elected to the national board were actors Audrey Baranishyn, Bartlett, Fisher and Bill Ratner.
McCord and 190 other delegates were elected to attend AFTRA’s national convention in July.
Hopefully, we’ll have the breakdown of the votes and the delegates SOON! Keep Checking!
A.L. Miller SW Editor & Chief