SAG awards are a celebration of #unionmembers

Last night, Hollywood feted its top talent at the 17th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards show. While we’re used to seeing celebrities stroll down the red carpet, this award show is unique because it’s a night when union members come together to honor fellow union members. In fact, it’s the only national network awards show that honors the work of union members.

And this year, the stars took full advantage of their opportunity to draw attention to the importance of unions in front of a national audience. Upon receiving her first SAG Award for best actress in ‘Black Swan”, Natalie Portman said, “”I’ve been working since I was 11-years-old, and SAG has taken care of me. I’m so grateful to have this union protecting me every day.” Portman was joined by Best Supporting Actress winner Melissa Leo of “The Fighter”, who noted, “Unions made this country great because they give the voice to the working people.” The night’s winners also praised unions outside of the entertainment world. Julianna Marguiles of “The Good Wife” gave props to the Teamsters for “digging us out of the snow for the past two weeks.”

Going into last night’s award show, we already knew that Hollywood’s actors and actresses – some of the country’s most prominent union members – were proud to be part of the labor movement. Over Labor Day 2010, in conjunction with SAG, AFTRA, Actors’ Equity, and the MLB Players Association, American Rights at Work hosted a Labor Day Tweet-a-thon. Over the course of the holiday weekend, members of these unions joined with hundreds of thousands of union members across the country to share their #unionmember pride on Twitter. When it was all said and done, their message reached over one million Twitter users.

While every union member isn’t able to walk the red carpet and speak to a national audience, we’re grateful to those who do take time to publicly acknowledge the importance of their unions. From the soundstage to the shop floor, the labor movement enables everyday workers to have a voice on the job and a more secure place in the global economy.

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