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"While our employers are consolidating and attempting to squeeze our earnings, we have proven that a united front is our best weapon in fighting for fair wages, safety on sets and protection of all our members—especially those who are most vulnerable.

As SAG-AFTRA President, I’ve seen first-hand the power of our members. With fierce determination we won the Interactive strike, revolutionized the Commercials contract, and transformed High Budget Streaming residuals. We’ve set the stage for our future and demonstrated both the necessity and incredible power of unions.

Even in the midst of a rapidly changing economy, SAG-AFTRA is leading the fight against sexual harassment and age discrimination, harnessing the power of innovative technology to deepen our enforcement and ensure we are capturing all of our residuals, and expanding protections and coverage for stunt performers and coordinators. This is a great start but my work is not done. With your support, I pledge to continue devoting my time, energy and passion to fight for every SAG-AFTRA member.”

~Gabrielle Carteris, President of SAG-AFTRA

what others Are saying


“There’s no one better for President of SAG-AFTRA than Gabrielle Carteris. She has strength, intelligence and compassion—the hallmarks of a true leader. Along with Unite for Strength and other leaders around the country she will continue to carry our union into the future. I absolutely support her re-election as SAG-AFTRA President.”

Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony, and SAG-AFTRA Life Achievement Award winner Rita Moreno

what others Are saying


“We are at a crucial time for unions in our country and around the world. Now, more than ever, we need battle-tested leadership that supports workers and the protections our union has always guaranteed. Gabrielle is a fighter. She understands that strong contracts, rigorous enforcement, and comprehensive safeguards are what members truly need and deserve. Gabrielle and Unite for Strength are exactly the people with the courage and conviction required at this critical moment."

Emmy award winning actor James Cromwell

what others Are saying


“Whether convincing a governor to sign a bill protecting against age discrimination, establishing guidelines to safeguard against sexual harassment or working with stunt professionals to achieve safer sets, Gabrielle is always fighting for each and every member. That is why I am proud to support Gabrielle Carteris for SAG-AFTRA President and the entire Unite for Strength and USAN teams.”

Oscar winner Octavia spencer

what others Are saying


“Anger without a plan is destructive. A show of force without an effective strategy is ruinous. Gabrielle has demonstrated her ability to channel strong passions and a broad spectrum of ideas in order to get real results. This strategy led to an unprecedented and innovative Commercials Contract which paves a pathway back to union commercial work. Gabrielle Carteris absolutely has my vote.”

Oscar winner J.K. Simmons

what others Are saying


“I support the reelection of Gabrielle and her team to maintain the progressive and compassionate leadership that SAG-AFTRA members deserve, especially now, in this ever-changing industry.”

Oscar nominee and Emmy award winning actor Bryan Cranston

what others Are saying


“Under the leadership of Gabrielle Carteris and Unite for Strength, SAG-AFTRA is now at the forefront on issues that disproportionately affect women, creating comprehensive solutions to protect our work, physical safety and mental health. From creating the only 24/7 sexual harassment hotline in the entertainment industry, to fighting age discrimination through legislation and creating a code of conduct prohibiting private meetings in hotel rooms and residences; SAG-AFTRA is leading the fight for equality. This is the kind of leadership SAG-AFTRA needs and I fully support the re-election of Gabrielle as SAG-AFTRA President.”

Oscar winning actress and Activist Geena Davis

what others Are saying


I think the smartest strategy for us is to stick with someone who has done a lot to secure the greatest opportunities for actors in the modern era. I hope you will join me in supporting Gabrielle Carteris and the entire USAN/UFS team.


what others Are saying


“As President of SAG-AFTRA, Gabrielle Carteris has been smart as a whip and tough as nails. She and her fantastic team are dedicated to making our union the strongest it can be. Gabrielle and Unite for Strength have my support and my vote.”

Emmy winner Jane Lynch

what others Are saying


“Gabrielle Carteris is the clear choice for SAG-AFTRA president. Her track record speaks for itself. I’m thrilled to support such a powerhouse woman and her Unite for Strength team.”

Emmy winner Margo Martindale

what others Are saying


“Since the years I spent with her on the board, Gabrielle Carteris has been a clear-eyed, passionate champion for working actors and an agent for positive change in our union. Working with Unite for Strength, Gabrielle has put together a team of smart, dedicated leaders who will fight to protect our members across the country. Your vote can make the difference. Vote for Unite for Strength.”

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Clark Gregg

what others Are saying


“Gabrielle Carteris has been a great president of SAG-AFTRA. She’s tough, smart and on it, fighting for the union 24/7. I am endorsing Gabrielle and her team Unite For Strength/USAN. They have my support and my vote.”

Emmy Winner Rhea Perlman

what others Are saying


“I’m proud to support the visionary leadership of Gabrielle Carteris. I’ve been impressed by her dedication to the needs of our members and her understanding of the value of inclusivity and diversity. She stands on her principles and doesn’t hesitate to put herself on the line.”


what others Are saying


President Gabrielle Carteris has passionately and strategically led SAG-AFTRA, addressing current issues and assessing future challenges. She and her colleagues at Unite for Strength and USAN work with leaders across the country to make sure members are supported no matter where we work. Because of their leadership SAG-AFTRA is stronger than ever. That is why they have my absolute endorsement.

emmy winner NOAH WYLE

additional supporters

gabrielle is endorsed by

Octavia Spencer, Bryan Cranston, Geena Davis, and
Unite for Strength endorse Carteris for 2019 SAG-AFTRA Elections

Joining in endorsing Carteris are:

Octavia Spencer, Bryan Cranston, Geena Davis, Alan Alda, James Cromwell, Rita Moreno, J.K. Simmons, Jane Lynch, Alec Baldwin, Rosario Dawson, Clark Gregg, Maria Bello, Noah Wyle, Camryn Manheim, Mike Colter, Margo Martindale, Jason Priestley, Jon Huertas, Marcia Gay Harden, Michael Cudlitz, Tichina Arnold, Adam Arkin, John Cho, Selma Blair, Jason George, Mike Farrell, Rhea Perlman, Yvette Nicole Brown, Adrian Martinez, Lisa Vidal, Robert Patrick, Michelle Hurd, Jack Speer, Joe Krebs, Michael O'Neill, D.W. Moffett, John Carroll Lynch, Keythe Farley, Cort Hessler, Omid Abtahi, Kate Maberly, David Wenham, Shawn Ashmore, James Callis, Mike Pniewski, Sarah Carter, James Lesure, Linda Park, Victor Webster, Laura Campbell, Marnette Patterson, Jamie Sorrentini, Pej Vahdat, David Cubitt, Laura Coover, Yan Feldman, Spencer Garrett, Catherine Dent, Patrick Fabian, Robert Pine, Jenny O'Hara, David Hartley-Margolin, Jim Kerr, Ellen Crawford, Chantal Cousineau, Iqbal Theba, Lee Purcell, Tom Choi, Parvesh Cheena, Dawnn Lewis, Kate Flannery, Kate Linder, Vivicca Whitsett, William Charlton, Nitasha Bhambree, Woody Schultz, Hal Eisner, Janice Pendarvis, Joy Benedict, Bobbie Bates, Jasper Randall, Bob Butler, John Rothman, Keri Tombazian, Jeff Spurgeon, Katie Barberi, Delanna Studi, Stephen Lang, Loretta Swit, Tamlyn Tomita, and Mike Genovese.

Nationwide Support: Gabrielle endorsed by over 100 SAG-AFTRA leaders from all 25 locals

Here is just a partial list of some of the National Board, Local Board, Local Officers and other notable leaders endorsing Gabrielle Carteris:

NATIONAL OFFICERS | Rebecca Damon (Executive Vice President), Clyde Kusatsu (Vice President, Los Angeles), Liz Zazzi (Vice President, New York), Ilyssa Fradin (Vice President, Mid-Sized Locals), Suzanne Burkhead (Vice President, Small Locals), Samantha Mathis (Vice President, Actors/Performers), Catherine Brown (Vice President, Broadcasters), Dan Navarro (Vice President, Recording Artists) ARIZONA-UTAH | Joe Corcoran (President), Margie Ghigo (National Board Member), Billy Holden (Vice President), Ted Raymond ATLANTA | Ric Reitz (President), Debra Nelson (National Board Member), Mike Pniewski (1st Vice President), Clayton Landey (2nd Vice President), Yolanda Asher (Secretary), Wilbur Fitzgerald (Former President), Ray Benitez, Eric Goins, Jon Hayden, Doug Kaye, Sheila Maddox, Michelle Rivera, Barry Stoltze, , Adena Brumer CHICAGO | Charles Andrew Gardner (President), John Carter Brown (National Board Member), Richard Shavzin (National Board Member) COLORADO | Sheila Ivy Traister (President and National Board Member), David Hartley-Margolin (Former National Vice President, Small Locals), Nancy Flanagan (Vice President), Maureen Aldrin, Dulcie Camp, James Engel, Jason Henning, Nita Froelich, Abner Genece, Chaz Grundy, Catherine McGuire, T. David Rutherford, Joan Valentine DALLAS–FORT WORTH | Brent Anderson (President), Hector Garcia (National Board Member), Suzanne Burkhead HAWAII | Scott Rogers (National Board Member) HOUSTON – AUSTIN | Pamela Weaver (President and National Board Member, Dee Dawson (Former National Board Member), Mykle McCoslin (First Vice President), Norma Jean McVey, Michelle Rendon LOS ANGELES | Clyde Kusatsu (National Vice President, Los Angeles), Dan Navarro (National Vice President, Recording Artists), Ellen Crawford (National and Local Board Member), Jenny O’Hara (National and Local Board Member), Woody Schultz (National and Local Board Member), William Charlton (National and Local Board Member), Bobbie Bates (National Board Member), Hal Eisner (National Board Member), Lisa Vidal (National Board Member), Jason George (National Board Member). Michelle Hurd (National Board Member), Jon Huertas (National Board Member), Stacey Travis (National Board Member), Jasper Randall (National Board Member), Robert Pine (National Board Member), Abigail Spencer (National Board Member), Catherine Dent (Local Board Member), Dawnn Lewis (Local Board Member), Elaine Loh (Local Board Member), Elizabeth McLaughlin (Local Board Member), Fletcher Sheridan (Local Board Member), Kate Flannery (Local Board Member), Kate Linder (Local Board Member), Katie Von Till (Local Board Member), Lee Purcell (Local Board Member), Parvesh Cheena (Local Board Member), Patrick Fabian (Local Board Member), Rob Archer (Local Board Member), Spencer Garrett (Local Board Member), Tom Choi (Local Board Member), Vivicca Whitsett (Local Board Member), Ben Whitehair (Local Board Member) MIAMI | John McKarthy (President), Nancy Duerr (National Board Member), Steve Gladstone (Former President), Dave Corey (Former National Board Member) MICHIGAN | Eric Wydra (President), Peter Tocco (National Board Member), Jo-Jo Shutty-MacGregor (1st Vice President), Phil Elam (2nd Vice President), Shane Carson (Secretary) MISSOURI VALLEY | Tom Murray (President), Rodger Brand (National Board Member) NASHVILLE | Mike Montgomery (President) , Evans Donnell NEVADA | Steve Dressler (National Board Member) NEW ENGLAND | Michele Proude  (President), Bill Mootos (National Board Member), Tom Kemp (VP Actor/Performers), Vic Ramos (VP Broadcasters), Ellen Colton (Secretary), Doug Bowen-Flynn, Frank Cacciola, Doug Cope, Russ Gannon, Paul Horn, Andrea Lyman, Peter McSwiggin, Karen Scalia, Rod Fritz NEW MEXICO | Marc Comstock (President), Mel MacKaron – National Board Member, William Sterchi (Former SAG Council President), Michael L. Miller (2nd Vice President), Allan K. Edgar, Mary Woods NEW ORLEANS | Diana Boylston (President), Charles Ferrara (National Board Member) NEW YORK | Rebecca Damon (Executive Vice President and NY President), Ezra Knight (Vice President), Maureen Donnelly (Vice President), Jim Kerr (Vice President), Liz Zazzi (Vice President), Manny Alfaro, Dave Bachman, Marc Baron, Evan Bass, Thomas Bellezza, Nitasha Bhambree, Sandra M. Bloom, David Bodenschatz, Avis Boone, Jacqueline (Jacqui) Bradley, Christine Bruno, Ray DeForest, Gene DeFrancis, Wayne Duvall, Venida Evans, Nick Fondulis, Janette Gautier, Andrew Gelles, Traci Godfrey, Stuart Green, Ed Heavey, Cort Hessler, Anita Hollander, Vivienne Jurado, Sandra Karas, Kathy Keane, Verania Kenton, Peter Kilcommons, Gerald Kline, Jeff Knapp, Ilene Kristen, Elaine LeGaro, Tom Ligon, Cathy Lilly, Doug Lory, James Lurie, Adrian Martinez, Tommy McInnis, Robert McKay, Joseph Melendez, S.P. Monahan, Mary Elaine Monti, Jack Mulcahy, Christine Nagy, Janice Pendarvis, Jay Potter, Linda Powell, Cheri Preston, Marisa Redanty, Buzz Roddy, John Rothman, Nick Sakai, Kevin Scullin, Sarah Seeds, leslie Shreve, Alice Spivak, Jeff Spurgeon, Rob Stats, Nancy Ellen Sutherland, Jamal Story, Alex Tavis, Joan Valentina, Tania Villanueva, Rick Zahn OHIO–PITTSBURGH | Chris Lacey (National Board Member), Mark Roberts PHILADELPHIA | Mike Kraycik (VP Actors/Performers), John Mitchel (National Board Member), Tom McNutt (Former President), Helen McNutt (Former National Board Member) PORTLAND | Mary MacDonald-Lewis (National Board Member), Robert Cohn, Harold Phillips, Chrisse Roccaro, Michelle Damis, Margaret McOmie SAN DIEGO | Martin Alvillar (President), Don Ahles (National Board Member) SAN FRANCISCO–NORTHERN CALIFORNIA | Kathryn Howell (President and National Board Member), Bob Butler (National Board Member), Edward Vasgersian (VP Performers), Mike Pechner (VP Broadcasters), Micci Toliver (Recording Secretary), Lea Gulino, Charlie Holliday, Rika Luna, Joe Paulino SEATTLE | Rik Deskin (President), Abby Dylan (National Board Member), Maggie Stenson, Rachel Glass, April Raine TWIN CITIES | Peter Moore (President), Randal Berger (National Board Member), Bob Davis (1st Vice President) WASHINGTON–MID ATLANTIC | Lance Lewman (President), Susan Snyder (National Board Member), Joe Krebs (National Board Member and Chair, Broadcast Steering Committee), Julie Wright (Vice President), Kathryn Klvana (Secretary-Treasurer), Jack Speer, John Henrehan (Former Vice President, Broadcaster), Melissa Leebaert, Elizabeth Noone, Sheldon Smith, Ellie K. 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Unite for Strength is not just a political party.

Unite for Strength is a MOVEMENT.

A movement that started by merging SAG and AFTRA to form the most powerful union in the world.

A movement that continues today because we believe that you deserve:

Money in your pocket. Safety on your set. And security for you and your family.

In case you missed it, SAG-AFTRA has elections, and YOU get to decide which of your fellow members will volunteer their time on YOUR behalf.

When you fill out your ballot, don't vote for a political party.

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Vote for inclusion. Vote for vision. Vote for results.

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money in your pocket

Working together as a national team we’ve successfully negotiated contracts that have put over one billion additional dollars into members’ pockets. We will continue to increase our residuals, create more opportunities to work, and fight for better pay in every negotiation.


We saw the health plans merged. A feat that never would have been accomplished had UFS not led the charge to merge SAG and AFTRA. We will continue our work to expedite safe merger of the pension plans, and ensure that both your health and pension remain financially secure.

safety on your set

In addition to an emphasis on new Set and Stunt Safety guidelines with anonymous hotline reporting options, we led on creating the first ever industry standard Sexual Harassment Code of Conduct; including new provisions in our Commercials and Network Television Code contracts calling for the end of auditions in hotels and private residences.

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Not only have we secured contracts worth over one billion dollars for members, we have made SAG-AFTRA financially stable resulting in record level surpluses.

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