Gabrielle Carteris is seeking reelection as president of SAG-AFTRA, an individual with knowledge of her plans told TheWrap.
Carteris succeeded president Ken Howard after his death last year and led the union during its recent negotiations for a new contract with the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
The former “Beverly Hills 90210” star’s running mate this term for secretary-treasurer will be “Grey’s Anatomy” star Jason George, who is a longtime national board member and chair of the union’s diversity advisory committee. He will run against Jane Austin.
Carteris tops the Unite for Strength slate. She will be running against at least two candidates — Membership First’s Esai Morales and former MF member Pete Antico.
Carteris chaired the union’s negotiating committee in the bargaining for a new contract with the studios that wrapped up last week. The two sides reached a deal on July 4 after a month of negotiations.
“It has been my great honor to serve as your president, pressing forward and leading the vital work of SAG-AFTRA, the world’s most powerful entertainment union,” she said on Wednesday.
“We must be responsive to our members’ needs, whatever the platform, whatever their work, wherever they live. Whether it’s negotiating new contracts, organizing Telemundo, standing up for a fair Interactive agreement, or keeping our ages off of IMDb, the work of SAG-AFTRA never stops. Our employers are enjoying record breaking profits and it is vital that we earn our fair share and retain the ability to make a living. I pledge to continue devoting my time, energy, and passion to fight for SAG-AFTRA members.”
Ballots will go out to union members on July 25 and the results will be announced on August 24.