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Resolution Re: Diversity Principles for AFTRA


Whereas, AFTRA has been a leader in eliminating discrimination in union membership, challenging discriminatory practices, and promoting inclusion within the entertainment and broadcast industries; and

Whereas, inclusion strengthens the core of the union for collective bargaining, organizing, and legislative and advocacy actions, thereby promoting full participation in governance and the development of AFTRA’s strategic agenda for the future; and

Whereas, in order to build a stronger and more united AFTRA, a union that reflects the American scene, women, people of color, seniors, persons with disabilities and self-identified members of the LGBT community must all be fully included into pathways of leadership; and

Whereas, after ten years of planning and research on the under-representation of women and people of color in union leadership positions, the AFL-CIO’s 2005 national convention passed four constitutional amendments and resolutions mandating all affiliate unions to diversify their general membership, staff and union leadership; and

Whereas, AFTRA has actively worked with the AFL-CIO’s Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Department in developing diversity principles for all affiliate unions to sign;

Now Therefore Be It Resolved, that AFTRA shall make every effort to reflect the diversity of its membership in its leadership structure and staffing at every level within the union, including delegates to national conventions; and

Be It Further Resolved, that, in order to further this goal, paths to a diverse leadership include mentoring and leadership training workshops; and

Be It Further Resolved, that demographic data on union members and staff continue to be collected in order to facilitate programs of full inclusion, as set forth above, and that this data be submitted, as requested by the AFL-CIO, on an annual basis; and

Be It Finally Resolved, that AFTRA condemn racism, sexism, homophobia and discrimination based on disability and age, within our industries and in the community at large.

Respectfully submitted by National Chairpersons of the: Equal Employment Opportunities Committee, Women’s Committee, Seniors Committee, and Performers with Disabilities Committee.

Adopted 7/20/07