AFTRA Roster of Key Senior Executives Now Complete with
Appointment of News and Broadcast National Director
Debra Osofsky Introduced at National Board of Directors Plenary Meeting
NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES (November 1, 2006) – The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists made the last of a series of senior executive appointments over the past year with the selection of an experienced labor executive as the new National Director for News and Broadcast who was introduced to the AFTRA National Board of Directors at the Oct. 28 plenary meeting.
Debra Osofsky, who is currently serving executive director of the union representing 1,400 faculty members at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, will join AFTRA as National Director, News/Broadcast, to be based in National offices in New York.
“Debra will solidify our work in the broadcast area with new energy and a vision for the future,” said AFTRA National Executive Director Kim Hedgpeth, “This is of critical importance at a time when media consolidation, corporate layoffs, and the digital revolution are having a profound impact on AFTRA members’ lives and livelihoods.”
Ms. Osofsky will be leaving her position as executive director of the American Association of University Professors/University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark. During her three years at the association, she’d been responsible for leading and supporting negotiations, contract administration, and legal issues, as well as internal organizing among the membership.
Ms. Osofsky served for nine years as an attorney and senior contract administrator with the Air Line Pilots Association, where her duties included contract negotiations and arbitration hearings, as well as training pilots in grievance processing and basic representation in formal and informal settings. Ms. Osofksy was also a litigation associate at the law firm of Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge.
“Debra’s experience in representing highly skilled professionals, such as university professors and air line pilots, will serve her well in addressing the needs of AFTRA broadcast professionals, and her experience in other industries will add a fresh approach to AFTRA’s work,” said Hedgpeth.
Ms. Osofsky has a bachelor of science degree from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and earned her law degree at Harvard University.
Since November 2005, AFTRA has filled key appointments for national directors of sound recordings, communications, information technology, organizing, and now news and broadcast.