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During the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, we successfully improved wages and expanded benefits to keep our members working now and in the future," AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon said in a statement.
Carney quietly took his slap on the wrist from Carroll without an AFTRA representative in the room at his reprimand meeting with the general manager.
We chose HEALTHsuite from RAM Technologies because it provided the best value for our technology investment," stated Alethea Pratt, Chief Information Officer for AFTRA.
AFTRA leaders maintain they have negotiated the best deal possible, one they say improves on contracts obtained earlier this year by Hollywood directors and striking screenwriters, and they vow not to go back to the bargaining table with SAG under any circumstances.
Among the requests management is seeking are removing weekend specialty hosts from AFTRA coverage, being able to subcontract commercial production, and using news and sports from other sources besides in-house.
Connolly, elected AFTRA president three times, described the decision to step down as ``difficult and heart-wrenching.
This patent pending technology is the key to enabling terrestrial radio stations to stream their broadcasts online legally, more profitably, and alleviating AFTRA related concerns.
Connolly was first elected AFTRA national president in 2001.
Performers with memberships in both SAG and AFTRA received one ballot.
AFTRA members work as actors, broadcast journalists, dancers, singers, announcers, hosts, comedians and disc jockeys in all aspects of the media industries including television and radio, sound recordings, commercials, industrial non-broadcast, interactive games and the Internet.
AFTRA National Assistant Executive Director Mathis Dunn, the union's chief negotiator for the commercials contract, reflected Wednesday that ``in their initial day, radio and television were new technologies.
As the National Chairman of the Screen Actors Guild, AFTRA and Equity Performers with Disabilities Committee, and as a working actor with a disability (Hall walks on two prosthetic legs with the assistance of an arm crutch), he knows how difficult it can be to be seen as an actor for a role and not just as a character who shares the same disability.
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