| Sunday September 15, 2013 @ 10:31pm PDT Deadline Hollywood
Original Beverly Hills 90210 actress and former SAG-AFTRA LA Local co-President Gabrielle Carteris is running for the union’s powerful Executive Vice-President job, the actress announced tonight. “As National Executive Vice President of SAG-AFTRA I will work with President Ken Howard, my fellow union leaders and members to help SAG‑AFTRA find its strong common voice,” Carteris said in a statement Sunday. The EVP election will take place at SAG-AFTRA’s inaugural convention, which is in LA from September 26 to 29. And it looks like former National co-President Roberta Reardon won’t be seeking the EVP gig as was widely expected. Instead, Reardon has endorsed Carteris. “As we approach the 2014 negotiations, we need Gabrielle’s steady hand and steely determination to help guide our union,” she said on Sunday. Reardon narrowly lost a bid to become President of the NYC Local in the union’s recent national election, its first since last year’s merger. Reardon was elected a Local and National Board Member in the vote.
Today a frequent presence on made-for-TV movies and a guest star on shows like Criminal Minds, Carteris is best known for playing Andrea Zuckerman on the original 90210 from 1990 to 1995. She returned for cameos in later seasons. Elected the LA president of AFTRA in June 2011, Carteris became co-president of the Local with SAG’s Ned Vaughn when the unions merged in the spring of 2012. She also became a SAG-AFTRA national VP and additionally is a VP for the AFL-CIO California Labor Federation and serves on its Executive Council. Running as part of the Unite For Strength slate, Carteris last month won a trio of positions as a LA Local Board Member, a National Board Member and a Convention Delegate in SAG-AFTRA’s national election.
Veteran union activist Gabrielle Carteris is seeking the SAG-AFTRA Executive VP post at the union first convention on Sept. 26-29.
The slot is the second-highest elected post in the union, which reprsents 160,000 performers. Carteris, who played the role of Andrea Zuckerman on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” has been in the SAG and AFTRA unions for 26 years and served on five negotiating committees. She has been a leader of the moderate Unite For Strength faction that campaigned successfully for last year’s merger.
“Serving on five negotiating committees with members from across the country drove home the importance of unity in confronting the changing landscape of our industry,” she said. “Merger was the first step towards that unity, and as National Executive Vice President of SAG-AFTRA I will work with President Ken Howard, my fellow union leaders and members to help SAG‑AFTRA find its strong common voice.“
Carteris was first elected to office in 2005 and served simultaneously on both the SAG and AFTRA national boards. Following the merger, Carteris was chosen as SAG‑AFTRA’s first National VP of the LA Local.
Carteris received endorsements from Secretary‑Treasurer Amy Aquino; former co-president Roberta Reardon; as David Hartley-Margolin, National VP for the Small Locals; Jim Kerr, VP of the New York Local; national board member Jason George; and former national board member Adam Arkin.
Is it just me or has Dear Roberta become more of an endorser than endorsee?
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