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    Posted January 26, 2011

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Philadelphia City Council Passes Resolution Supporting Union Performing Artists

Philadelphia AFTRA National Board Member Bill Shusta, Tom, Rick, Philadelphia AFTRA Executive Director Stephen Leshinski

On December 9th,, Eastern Regional Director Rick Berg and Philadelphia Area Liaison Tom Helmer went to City Hall in Philadelphia for the passing of a City Council resolution supporting the hiring of professional union performing artists.

Sponsored by Philadelphia Councilman Blondell Reynolds-Brown, the resolution recognized the financial and cultural contributions made possible by supporting local performers and production projects. 25 AEA-AFTRA and SAG members performed a song written especially for the occasion.

Philadelphia City Council Resolution

  • Whereas Philadelphia has a rich and vibrant arts community,

  • And whereas Philadelphia corporations and advertising companies have the potential to create additional jobs through a commitment to producing their projects within our city because the benefits of generating local activity include not only economic factors but also the availability of top-tier talent;

  • And whereas the stability and diversity of this talent depends upon employment opportunities that provide living wages, health care benefits, and retirement benefits;

  • And whereas the city of Philadelphia benefits from a professional community of dedicated artists who can support and sustain themselves and their work;

  • And whereas the presence of a professional community attracts and retains theatrical and commercial artistic endeavors;

  • And whereas Actors' Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Screen Actors Guild, among other labor organizations, represent the interest of professional screen, stage, television, radio, sound recording and new media employees;

  • And whereas Equity, AFTRA and SAG endeavor to create and expand job opportunities for their members;

  • Therefore be it resolved by the Council of the City of Philadelphia that private and public enterprises who employee screen, stage, television, radio, sound recording and new media employees should endeavor wherever possible to meet with and enter into agreements with Actors Equity, AFTRA, SAG and other unions and organizations that represent artists in Philadelphia, for the purpose of creating and maintaining a professional community within Philadelphia for the benefit of its citizenry.

Click here to download Philadelphia City Council Resolution (PDF)

SAG North Region Executive Frank Traynor, “Rocky” impersonator John Monforto, Philadelphia SAG Branch President John Wooten, AFTRA Philadelphia National Board member Bill Shusta, Tom Helmer, Rick Berg, SAG National Board Member Helen McNutt, Philadelphia AFTRA Executive Director Stephen Leshinski

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