• Ken Howard was elected the first national president of SAG-AFTRA and Amy Aquino was elected its first national secretary treasurer. Howard and Aquino are long-time Screen Actors Guild leaders; in 2012 that union merged into SAG-AFTRA, which combined the two largest Hollywood talent unions.
  • UFCW International President Joseph T. Hansen was re-elected by acclamation to another five-year term. Upon re-election, Hansen encouraged convention delegates to rededicate themselves to organizing, building alliances in the labor movement, and pushing to improve the lives of workers and their families. Reflecting on the past five years, Hansen reported that the union has “survived the storm” of the Great Recession and that membership is steady. Looking forward, he stated that immigration reform and “fixing” the ACA are among the union’s top priorities. Other UFCW officers unanimously re-elected by acclamation to the international executive committee included Anthony “Marc” Perrone, international secretary-treasurer; William T. McDonough, executive vice president; Patrick J. O’Neill, executive vice president; and Wayne E. Hanley, national president, UFCW Canada.
  • UFCW President Joseph Hansen announced that effective Sept. 1 the union is reaffiliating with the AFL-CIO after an eight-year split. Hansen, who made the decision and received a vote of support from UFCW’s Executive Board, said that the reaffiliation “is the right thing to do for UFCW members, giving them more power and influence.” Hansen also announced that the union will no longer be an affiliate of the Change to Win (“CTW”) federation, but intends to remain active in CTW’s Strategic Organizing Center.