AFTRA's Roberta Reardon, unopposed, elected to second term
Call it the least anticipated union election in Hollywood. Roberta Reardon on Sunday was reelected for another two-year term as president of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, which represents 70,000 actors, recording artists and broadcasters. Reardon, elected to her first term in 2007, was reelected to a second two-year term by delegates attending the union's 62 national convention in Chicago. The outcome was a given. Unlike her counterparts at the Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild, Reardon did not face any challengers.
In her statement to delegates, Reardon reiterated her opposition to any merger with the larger Screen Actors Guild that did not include all of AFTRA's members. "We will continue to forge ahead with plans for our future, knowing that if and when the merger subject comes to us again, we will be strengthened from within and ready to serve our members and prepare them for whatever the future brings. But understand, should that knock come on the door, from whatever source, our response must be simple and strong and clear: All of us or none of us."
-- Richard Verrier