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communityraisesthetaxbaseandimprovestheworkingconditionsforotherpeople.HeatherAllinManyperformersofbothgendersbutinparticularalotofyoungwomensaytomeItsreallyfantasticthatyouareourpresident.HowdoyounurturethenextgenerationofwomenactivistsRobertaReardonTheresagreatquotefromformerSecretaryofStateMadeleineAlbrightThereisaspecialplaceinhellforwomenwhodonthelpotherwomen.Inleadershiproleswomendofacechallengesinoursociety.Iknowwevecomealongwaybabybuttheresstillalotofimpedimentstodealwith.Ithinkmanywomenarestillcomfortabletakingthesecondaryroleorbeingthesupportperson.Itellthemnottobeafraidoftheirpower.Weareallattractedtopowerfulpeopleandwomenhavetheabilitytoenjoytheirpower.Butyouhavetobethoughtfulaboutit.Iencouragewomeninleadershippositionstoreachouttootherwomentomentorthem.Talktothemandhelpthemacknowledgethatitssomethingtheywanttodo.HeatherAllinLetstalkabouttheSAG-AFTRAmerger.WhywasittherightthingtodoRobertaReardonAsingleperformersunioncanbargainmoreeffectivelyadaptquicklytochanginglandscapesandaggressivelyorganizenewareasofwork.Wecanmergeourhealthandpensionplans.Muchoftheneedforustocreateoneunionwasdrivenbytechnology.ItusedtobethatSAGcoveredfilmandAFTRAcoveredvideoandliveperformance.Intheearlypartofthe2000swesawtraditionalfilmstockusagedecliningandoriginalcontentbeingmadeondigitalformatsforbasiccable.Until1999therewerenooriginaldramaticshowsoncablejustre-runsandsyndications.ButasthecableworldexpandedwestartedtoworkondramasforHBOShowtimeAEBravoTNTthesescreensallneededcontent.HeatherAllinHowisverticalintegrationchangingthelandscapeRobertaReardonIn1989therewere80-somemajorproducersinfilmandtelevisiontherearenowsix.Theyhaveboughteachotherup.YouhaveABCDisneyreportingtheeveningnewsairingthemorningradiodriveshowrecordingmusicandaudiobooksshootingthemusicvideosandthenightanddaytimedramasproducinginteractivegamesandtheatricalfilmsitsallbeingproducedbythesameemployer.SowhywouldyouwanttohavetwoseparateunionscoveringalltheseareasofjurisdictionPeoplebegantosayWowallthethingsyoutoldusaboutItshereitsallabouttechnology.IhavetakenpartinalotofnegotiationsandwhenIwalkinthoseroomsIliterallyseeallthesamefaces.ItdoesntmatterifitsbroadcastnewsforaflagshipstationinNewYorkorifitsnighttimetelevisionitisthesameperson.Powerandleveragewasthedrivingforceofourmergercampaign.Nowwhenwegotothetablewewillhaveaunifiedpresenceandwilltellouremployersthatourmembersarewithus.HeatherAllinDoyouhaveanylastwordsofadviceforourmembersRobertaReardonItsanexcitingtimetobeanactivistandIencouragepeopletotakepartinyourunioninameaningfulway.Torememberthatitsalongtermstrategy.Anditdoesntmeanyouhavetorunforpresidentorcouncilbutengageandpayattention.Aunionisonlyasstrongasitsmembers.Wecanhavewonderfulbrandingandbeautifulbuttonsbutifwedontconnectwithourunionweredead.Payattentiongetinvolvedtalktopeopleevenifitisonasetstayinformedandvotewithworkerawarenessinmind.HeatherAllinisanACTRANationalCouncillorandthePastPresidentofACTRAToronto.SheisbothaboardandfoundingmemberoftheCreativeArtsSavingsandCreditUnion.HeathersscreencreditsincludeSmallTownMurderSongsStoneColdWelcometoMooseportandFlashpoint.RobertaReardonistheCo-PresidentofSAG-AFTRA.From2003RobertawastheAFTRANewYorkLocalPresidentandAFTRANationalSecondVicePresidentthenservedthreetermsasNationalPresidentoftheAmericanFederationofTelevisionandRadioArtists.Since2009RobertahasservedasVicePresidentoftheAmericanFederationofLaborandCongressofIndustrialOrganizationsAFLCIOthelargestfederationofunionsintheUnitedStates.TheAFL-CIOismadeupofmorethan55nationalandinternationalunionsrepresentingmorethan12millionworkers.SAG-AFTRAsignedontotheAFL-CIOnationalcharterinAugust2012.ACTRAmagazineWinter201329LtoRSAG-AFTRANewYorkLocalPresidentHolterGrahamSAG-AFTRAmemberMarciaStrassmanthen-AFTRANationalPresidentRobertaReardonandSAG-AFTRAmemberMorganFairchildrallyinsupportofUNITEHEREworkersinJuly2011attheWestinSeattle.AFTRAsuspendeditsNationalConventiontojointheUNITEHEREhotelworkerswhowereinthemidstoftoughnegotiationswiththeiremployer.PhotoRowlandPhotographyTheymetforthefirsttimeatFIACongressbutRobertaReardonandHeatherAllintalkedasiftheyhadknowneachotherforalongtime.Theyarebothleaderswhosteppeduptoservetheirrespectiveunionsandarebothwomenwhohavemadeadifference.PhotoJeremyWebb