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Cash, Rashad and Fornatale Honored with 2012 AFTRA Foundation AMEE Awards @ Plaza Hotel

Posted by on February 8th, 2012 with 0 Comments

The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) – a national union of more than 70,000 performers, recording artists and broadcast professionals honored  broadcaster and rock historian Pete Fornatale, actress Phylicia Rashad and singer Rosanne Cash on Febrary 6, 2012 at the legendary Plaza Hotel.

Guests were able to intermingle in the comfortable setting with plenty of passed deluxe hors d’oeuvres and full open bar during the cocktail hour. It was nice to see Robert Klein, presented for Pete Fornatale, AMEE Award in Broadcasting, who joked that I resembled Pete Fornatale.

Proceeds from the 2012 AMEE Awards helps the AFTRA Foundation, an independent non-profit organization separate from AFTRA, that provides support to charitable and educational endeavors critical to AFTRA members, including the George Heller Memorial Scholarship which provides scholarships to AFTRA members and their dependents for academic study and the International News Safety Institute, the only global organization solely dedicated to the safety of journalists and other news professionals.

AFTRA helps the union negotiates and enforces over 300 collective bargaining agreements that guarantee minimum (but never maximum) salaries, safe working conditions and health and retirement benefits. When the union is unable to resolve disputes with employers, AFTRA contracts include procedures for binding arbitration.

AFTRA was the first industry union to establish employer-paid health and retirement plans for members and their dependents that qualifynegotiation and nforcement.

-Written by Mitch Acks, One Source Resource (OSR) 

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