USANUnity, Stability, & Advocacy for NY
USAN representatives work in every area of the entertainment and media industries and are committed to fighting for living wages, protections against emerging technologies, and safe work environments for SAG-AFTRA members across all media.
“The future of SAG-AFTRA is streaming. Members deserve stronger contracts, more residuals, better protections, and ending unfair exclusivity. I’m supporting Unite for Strength, Fran, Anthony, and their entire team.
Your vote matters!”
Hi New York From Fran Drescher
A Message From Ezra Knight
Meet The Candidates
USAN Audio Voter's Guide
Please vote for the USAN candidates:
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NATIONAL PRESIDENT & FOR SECRETARY TREASURER
NEW YORK PRESIDENT
NEW YORK VICE PRESIDENT
NEW YORK LOCAL BOARD
CONVENTION DELEGATE CANDIDATES
74 JANICE DANIELLE
76 RAY DEFOREST
77 MAUREEN DONNELLY
81 JOSH EVANS
82 VENIDA EVANS
85 NICK FONDULIS
86 ERIN FRITCH
87 MARIE GABRIELLE
88 MICHAEL GASTON
89 JANETTE GAUTIER
90 ANDREW GELLES
92 NANCY GILES
93 TRACI GODFREY
95 STUART GREEN
99 ED HEAVEY
100 ANITA HOLLANDER
101 FRANCE IANN
102 DANNY JOHNSON
104 VIVIENNE JURADO
106 SANDRA KARAS
107 VERANIA KENTON
108 GERALD M. KLINE
109 JEFF KNAPP
110 EZRA KNIGHT
111 ILENE KRISTEN
113 TOM LIGON
114 CATHY LILLY
115 DOUG LORY
116 JAMES LURIE
118 ANTONIA MARRERO
121 JOSEPH MELENDEZ
124 MARY ELAINE MONTI
125 VANESSA MORALES
126 JACK MULCAHY
129 JAY POTTER
130 LINDA POWELL
131 LORNA PRUCE
133 ANTHONY RAPP
134 CHRISTINA REDD
135 JAKE RICCIO
136 DORYAN X ROBINSON
137 BUZZ RODDY
139 JOHN ROTHMAN
140 NICK SAKAI
141 CARL SALONEN
142 MHARI SANDOVAL
145 KEVIN SCULLIN
146 SARAH SEEDS
147 LESLIE SHREVE
148 KEITH RANDOLPH SMITH
149 JAKE SOISTER
151 VANESSA THORPE
152 TANIA VILLANUEVA
153 WELKER WHITE
156 RICK ZAHN
157 LIZ ZAZZI
158 MICHAEL ARKIN
159 ADAM AUSLANDER
160 MARC BARON
162 EVAN BASS
164 SANDRA M. BLOOM
165 CHRISTINA BOBROWSKY
166 AVIS BOONE
167 JACQUI BRADLEY
169 CHRISTINE BRUNO
171 ALEX CASTEN
172 JOSH CHARLES
174 ATHENA COLON
176 TOM CROCKETT
177 JANICE PENDARVIS
179 LAJUAN CARTER
ALEC BALDWIN SAYS
VOTE FOR FRAN, ANTHONY and the USAN & UNITE FOR STRENGTH teams.
“The future of SAG-AFTRA is streaming. Members deserve stronger contracts, more residuals, better protections, and ending unfair exclusivity. I’m supporting Unite for Strength/USAN, Fran, Anthony, and their entire team. Your vote matters!”
“I am thrilled to endorse Fran Drescher and Anthony Rapp along with the entire UFS/USAN teams. I have long admired Fran for her tireless activism and powerful voice on women’s health, the LGBT community, and all underrepresented communities. SAG-AFTRA members would be lucky to have someone as thoughtful, dedicated, and brilliant as Anthony Rapp for Secretary-Treasurer. This diverse group of leaders will protect our members through strong contracts and innovative solutions. I’m thrilled to lend my support for this exciting team.”
“In this new world where streaming is transforming our work and our compensation, we need trailblazing leaders willing to fight for us. Fran and Anthony and the exceptional USAN/UFS team are up to the challenge.”
“These are special leaders for special times. Fran Drescher is a proven groundbreaker and consensus builder and Anthony Rapp brings a lifetime of work and advocacy to the table. Combined with the exceptional candidates of UFS and USAN, this is the team we need to move us into the future.”
“With the industry savvy, legislative success and chutzpah of Fran and the experience and activism of Anthony, the USAN team brings a thrilling energy of diversity to the future of SAG-AFTRA.”
“Positive solutions and creative alliances, rather than anger and divisiveness. Those hallmarks of USAN have enabled us to get back to work sooner and safer. Fran Drescher along with Anthony Rapp will build on our progress by powerfully uniting us all under the banner of SAG-AFTRA. An innovative team for a challenging time.”
“Having served on the Board for over a decade, I understand the dedication and clarity required to be effective. Fran Drescher has proven she can deliver the goods, even in contentious Capitol Hill; Anthony Rapp profoundly understands our work from his years of experience. USAN/UFS is the team to lead with integrity.”
“Having served in the SAG-AFTRA board room, I know that it takes vision, strategy, and fortitude to achieve the greatest gains for our members. Fran, Anthony, and their fellow UFS/USAN leaders have exactly that.”
“Every one of us in the membership would benefit greatly from Fran’s wisdom, intelligence, integrity, work and personal ethics and appetite for commitment. I have personally known Fran Drescher for almost 40 years. She remains level, clear sighted and she comprehends people’s wants, needs and fair labor requirements. In my view Fran Drescher would make an excellent Union President.”
“It has just been announced that Fran Drescher will be running for the position of President of SAG-AFTRA and Anthony Rapp has been nominated for Secretary-Treasurer. I feel confident that with these appointments and the UFS/USAN teams, our union will be able to gain better leverage with regards to health and pension benefits, fight for pay equity and increase streaming revenues for all our members.”
“Fran knows Hollywood up close. She is a visionary who has the courage to fix what’s broken and uses her life lessons as wisdom. Fran, with her outstanding running mate Anthony Rapp and UFS/USAN will bring invigorating ideas that will benefit all of us.”
“Fran Drescher and Anthony Rapp, with the brilliantly diverse team of UFS/USAN, are the innovative leaders we need for this unique time. The rapid transformation of entertainment is head-spinning. We need cool heads to prevail, with the good sense to do the research and the vision to pivot and position our members to get our share of the pie.”
“Though wading into the morass of collective bargaining in 2021 will surely make her miss the good old days of fighting cancer, Fran Drescher is well suited for the task.
She has never been one to shrink from a fight, nor is she one to say no to a win that falls within the realm of the possible.
She is my friend and my candidate for President.
As is Anthony Rapp for Secretary-Treasurer. An individual who is likewise informed and well suited to the task.”
“I have known Fran Drescher personally for over 25 years and I cannot think of anyone better qualified to be voted in as SAG-AFTRA National President. Her incredible team, including her running mate Anthony Rapp, along with Yvette Nicole Brown and Ezra Knight, give me confidence that their agenda of inclusion and diversity will uplift and unify the Union. Fran’s contribution to the conversation on national health sets her apart as a true leader in good times and bad, and as finder of solutions. It is with great enthusiasm that I urge you to vote for Fran and her incredible team!!!!”
“The Unite for Strength and USAN team have accomplished a lot–the merger, strong contract negotiations–and they deal with change in the industry head on. I support their smart approach. Please vote UFS/USAN!”
“Over the years that I’ve known Anthony, he’s proven himself to be a person of courage and integrity, with an unshakable work ethic and a deep commitment to advancing the causes of fairness, safety, and justice for all. I’m confident in his ability to bring his thoughtfulness, creativity, and passion for activism to the duties of Secretary-Treasurer. I heartily endorse him, the fierce and fabulous Fran Drescher for President, and the entire Unite for Strength/USAN slate, trusting them to do the important and necessary work to bring SAG-AFTRA forward in this incredibly transformational time.”
Fran Drescher is one amazing woman! She is smart, talented, compassionate & a survivor of cancer & rape. She is well aware of all aspects of film and television. I was fortunate to have been chosen to be her stand-in on the hit show, “The Nanny”, then on “Living With Fran” & on the pilot of “Happily Divorced”. If Fran hadn’t wanted “my positive energy around her” I would never have had the joy, pleasure and learning experience she gave me the opportunity to have. Her sensitivity & support to all who work on her shows is evident to every stand-in, background player & bit player. She understands the needs of all players, be they guest stars or bit players. Fran runs a Foundation and is acutely aware of the needs of others. If elected, it is my opinion that Fran Drescher will prove to be one of the best Presidents our Union has ever had. She knows how to get the job done and done well! She’ll get my vote!
“My name is David Ajala, I am an actor and a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. Statement: In the years that I’ve known Anthony, he’s proven himself many times, to be a thoughtful, engaged, and courageous man of integrity, with an unshakable work ethic and a deep commitment to advancing the causes of fairness, safety, and justice for all. I’m confident in his ability to bring his intelligence, his creativity, and his activist energy to the duties of Secretary-Treasurer. I heartily endorse him, the fierce and fabulous Fran Drescher for President, and the entire Unite for Strength/USAN slate, trusting them to do the important and necessary work to bring SAG-AFTRA forward in this incredibly transformational time. Being the change we want to see, with Anthony and Fran at the helm.”
“I wholeheartedly support Fran Drescher for President of SAG-AFTRA and Anthony Rapp for Secretary Treasurer. I’ve worked with Fran; she is whip smart, a great listener, inclusive, compassionate, full of positive energy and there’s that awesome sense of humor…She will do great things for our union!”
“As we return to work, the passion, grit and expertise of Fran Drescher and Anthony Rapp will build a stronger future for us all. The extraordinarily diverse and dedicated team of Unite for Strength and USAN, alongside member leaders across the country, is the unified force we deserve. They all have my deep admiration and full support.”
“Excited about the possibility of Fran and Anthony being the new President and Secretary-Treasurer of SAG-AFTRA. They’ve spent decades using their platform to fight for equal rights, LGBTQ+ Equality and protections against violence & harassment. I support Fran Drescher and Anthony Rapp to helm UFS/USAN to keep fighting for fair working wages, safety and equity for all.”
Other Notable Endorsers
Current SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris, past Screen Actors Guild Presidents Melissa Gilbert, Richard Masur, and Barry Gordon.
Linda Howard, Titus Welliver, Kate Flannery, John Carroll Lynch, Donna Pescow, Jonathan Penner, Gary Burghoff, Willie Garson, Jonathan Del Arco, Loretta Swit, Marisol Nichols, Michael O’Keefe, Stephen Weber, Michael O’Neill, Blu del Barrio, Todd Stashwick, Nehemiah Persoff, Patrick Fabian, and Hal Eisner.
USAN ON THE ISSUES
USAN VOTER GUIDE
Merger was just the beginning. While USAN has always been for merger and one union, we hardly feel our work is done. Whether you are an actor, broadcaster, singer, dancer, stunt performer or recording artist, we will put your voice in the boardroom. Our USAN candidates from President to Board Members to Delegates are your voice in your union.
Here’s what you get with USAN candidates:
- Responsible and progressive leadership with integrity. USAN understands that our TRUE adversaries are the multinational corporations that we negotiate with for every contract, not each other.
- Complete transparency with the membership. USAN believes in a union that communicates honestly with its membership.
- A diversity of working professionals working for you – to bring you more opportunities to keep you working, to keep SAG-AFTRA strong, and to be the model for other unions in this country and around the world.
We are dedicated to:
- Being a powerful advocate for anyone who works in front of a camera or behind a microphone.
- Strengthening ties with organized labor especially our sister entertainment unions to enhance our bargaining power.
- A true national and united SAG-AFTRA, where all the voices in all categories in all locals are seen, heard and counted.
- Bringing more work back to the U.S. with real-world solutions.
- Finding creative approaches to organizing new work across the country.
- Fighting the encroachment of non-union work.
- Franchising and regulating our agents.
- Stabilizing SAG-AFTRA’s long-term fiscal health.
- Working with our foundations to increase our career programming, scholarships, health and emergency assistance and provide opportunities through our on camera, voiceover and computer labs for members.
- Creating legislative tax initiatives to grow work in New York and keep more of your money in your pocket.
About USAN Leadership
USAN — A TRACK RECORD OF PROVEN RESULTS
- Merged the unions
- Negotiated over 1 billion additional dollars in game-changing contracts like the 2019 Commercials contract, Netflix, and Video Games
- Secured and protected NY Tax Incentives
- Strong pensions in the green zone
- Won the BBH Strike
- Organized Telemundo — the first TV network to unionize in 65 years
- Achieved dancer and background coverage in Music Videos
- Achieved Performance Capture coverage in the Netflix deal
- Confronted sexual harassment through legislation and contract improvements, resulting in the only industry-wide 24/7 hotline and use of intimacy coordinators
- Total member earnings at an all-time high
USAN LEADERSHIP WILL:
- Continue to strengthen contracts and increase residuals
- Improve contract enforcement and fight unfair exclusivity
- Bring even more commercial producers back to our contracts
- Continue to protect our pensions
- Advocate for stunt safety, better travel, and turnaround protections
- Fight to Increase background pay and opportunities
- Organize new broadcast stations
- Champion diversity and inclusion
- Keep improving our low budget contracts & streamline the signatory process
- Push to restore performers ability to deduct commissions and safeguard against future unintentional tax increases
- Continue to keep SAG-AFTRA financially stable with surpluses building our reserves
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In Memory of Mike Hodge
Last night we lost our friend and colleague—the fearless leader of our New York Local.
Mike Hodge was a powerful unionist, a remarkable leader, and more than anything a great friend, colleague and mentor. He led our local through several challenging years and into the momentous merger. He built on that powerful foundation to bring cohesion and stability to our local and helped build the industry economy on which New York members’ careers now thrive. His vision and leadership made us stronger and justifiably prouder. Alongside the pain of losing Mike, I urge us all to remember his extraordinary achievements on behalf of SAG-AFTRA and Screen Actors Guild before it.
For me, and I am sure for many of you who were his closest friends, this is particularly heartbreaking as we have lost not just a president, but a father figure and a big brother. Mike was a towering presence whose kindness and good nature made each of us better.
I have been in contact with his family and will share information on services and other details as soon as that is appropriate.
For now, please join me in wishing our dear Mike a fond farewell and a good journey.
GABRIELLE CARTERIS TO SEEK RE-ELECTION AS SAG-AFTRA PRESIDENT
JASON GEORGE WILL RUN FOR SECRETARY-TREASURER
Candidates endorsed by Unite for Strength and USAN Leadership
for 2017 SAG-AFTRA Elections
Los Angeles and New York, (July 12, 2017) – SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris will seek re-election as the union’s top national officer. Long time National Board Member and chair of the Diversity Advisory Committee Jason George will join Carteris for secretary-treasurer. UFS and USAN will also field slates of candidates vying for open positions as national and local board members and as delegates to the third SAG-AFTRA National Convention, to be held in Los Angeles in October. Election ballots will be mailed to members on July 25th and will be tabulated on August 24th
Joining Unite for Strength and USAN Leadership in endorsing Carteris and George are Octavia Spencer, Alec Baldwin, Rita Moreno, Jane Lynch, Noah Wyle, Margo Martindale, Rhea Perlman, Regina King, Michael Cudlitz, Keith David, John Cho, Phylicia Rashad, Robert Patrick, Stephen Lang and Luke Perry. Also endorsing Carteris and George are numerous elected SAG-AFTRA leaders from all 25 locals and National Officers, including Executive Vice President Rebecca Damon, National Vice President, Los Angeles Clyde Kusatsu, New York President Mike Hodge, National Vice President, Small Locals David Hartley-Margolin, National Vice President, Actors/Performers Samantha Mathis, National Vice President, Broadcasters Catherine Brown and National Vice President, Recording Artists Dan Navarro.
“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. 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,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. The star of Beverly Hills, 90210 continued, “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.”
Grey’s Anatomy star Jason George stated, “President Gabrielle Carteris has been a friend and colleague in the boardroom since the early days of our work to unite SAG and AFTRA. I am excited at the prospect of serving with her as Secretary-Treasurer and further strengthening SAG-AFTRA,” George elaborated, “In addition to safeguarding our union’s fiscal security, I will prepare SAG-AFTRA for our rapidly-evolving industry by focusing on enforcement and digital innovations that reduce costly mistakes and improve timely and accurate payments to our members.”
Academy, Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA Awards winner Octavia Spencer remarked, “I am proud to support Gabrielle Carteris for re-election as SAG-AFTRA President. Gabrielle is a fierce, intelligent leader and a passionate advocate for all of our members,” Spencer added, “She, along with Jason George as Secretary-Treasurer and everyone from Unite For Strength and USAN, represent the kind of progressive, dynamic leadership our union needs and our members deserve.”
Oscar, Emmy, Tony, Grammy and SAG-AFTRA Life Achievement Award winner Rita Moreno said, “Gabrielle Carteris has done an extraordinary job as President of SAG-AFTRA. She and Jason George embody the strength, intelligence and compassion that are the earmarks of great leaders. They, along with Unite for Strength and USAN, have my absolute support.”
Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Awards winner Jane Lynch commented, “Leading SAG-AFTRA is no joke. Performers count on their union to protect their livelihoods in this volatile business. I trust Gabrielle Carteris and her team to continue fighting and delivering real victories.”
SAG Award winner Noah Wyle spoke of Carteris, “I wholeheartedly support the re-election of President Gabrielle Carteris. She has proven herself as an extraordinary leader in the midst of rapidly shifting industry challenges,” The E.R. alum further stated, “Jason George has the intelligence, judgement and union service experience to make an exceptional National Secretary-Treasurer. Leading us to merger and progressing beyond, Unite for Strength and USAN steer us to the strongest, most responsive SAG-AFTRA possible.”
Emmy winner Margo Martindale agreed, “I have always said our union will be stronger after merger. And now thanks to President Gabrielle Carteris, Jason George, NY President Mike Hodge and the USAN/UFS team we have the proof—a newly negotiated contract that is $56 million richer than the last,” The star of The Americans and Cars 3 concluded, “We made the right choice.”
Star of The Walking Dead and Southland Michael Cudlitz stated, “I am proud to support Gabrielle Carteris for SAG-AFTRA president. I’ve known Gabrielle for over 25 years and I’ve seen her fight for performers’ rights first hand. Her commitment and courage are second to none. She has an all encompassing understanding and knowledge of the contracts and issues that really matter to actors on sets. However, more than her knowledge and experience, is this: Gabrielle cares. Her only wish is to enrich and support her fellow performers and I am confident she will continue to do an excellent job.”
Emmy winner Keith David also endorsed Carteris and George, sharing, “Gabrielle Carteris has been working on behalf of us all and making SAG-AFTRA a stronger union. The result of her tenacity speaks for itself, one of many reasons to support her re-election. With people like Gabrielle, Jason George running for Secretary-Treasurer and their team running for the board, I believe this is the group we need to move forward, trusting that our best interests are being cared for.”
John Cho of Star Trek fame noted, “I’m proud to support the visionary leadership of Gabrielle Carteris and Jason George. I’ve been impressed by their dedication to the needs of our members and their understanding of the value of inclusivity and diversity. They stand on their principles and don’t hesitate to put themselves on the line.”
Image Award winner Phylicia Rashad offered “Join me in voting for Gabrielle Carteris, Mike Hodge & the entire team. They are the model of inclusion and truly represent our diverse membership across the board — their leadership, experience and vision are key to moving SAG-AFTRA forward.”
Robert Patrick of Terminator 2 and Scorpion emphasized, “As President, Gabrielle Carteris combines wisdom, grit and compassion – we’ve already reaped enormous benefits from her leadership. Jason George is a solid professional with the business savvy and union dedication to be a terrific Secretary-Treasurer. Carteris and George, along with their Unite for Strength and USAN colleagues are a winning combination – a win for all members.”
Star of Avatar Stephen Lang stated, “Join me in supporting Gabrielle Carteris, Jason George, Mike Hodge and the USAN/UFS team. They have been a force in SAG-AFTRA.”
SAG-AFTRA Broadcast Steering Committee Chair Joe Krebs reflected, “Simply put, we are extremely lucky to have her! Gabrielle Carteris is an extraordinary leader – caring, concerned, and committed to each and every SAG-AFTRA member. I’ve seen her commitment to broadcasters by her participation in our Broadcast Steering Committee meetings and including us in all important discussions. I wholeheartedly endorse Gabrielle Carteris and Jason George for President and Secretary-Treasurer.”