The Guild of Italian American Actors (GIAA) was founded in 1937 to protect the right of the aforementioned group of people and currently is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO and a Branch of the Associated Actors and Artistes of America. There are 43 members to the Guild (24 of them being women, 17 men and 2 adolescents). The main points of the mission include to promote positive images of Italian Americans in the mass mediaand popular culture whenever possible, preserve and promote the awareness of Italian Culture & Heritage and, of course, to facilitate career opportunities for Italian Americans. The organization has a relatively simple Unitarian structure with its headquarters situated in NYC and running a casting database. The administration is chosen anew annually and today consists of: President (Carlo Fiorletta), First Vice President (Carson Grant), Second Vice President (Debbie Klaar) and other officials. The organization exists thanks to fees from members and thus a membership agreement is simultaneously an employee agreement. Special benefits include promoting Guild members in other affiliated actor and writer organizations and automatically signing them in for auditions. The Guild hosts an annual Festival of Short Films and Videos that celebrates successful works of cinema (scripts as well as movies).
The Writers Guild of America, East, (WGAE) was established in 1951 to protect the rights of those who write for TV and cinema. It is based in NYC and currently encompasses 3,770 members led by President of the Guild, a writer Michael Winship. Lowell Peterson is the Guild’s Executive Director. Members also serve on the committees and caucuses that help shape the Guild’s actions. According to the mission statement, the combination of diverse talents in the WGAE has helped maintain, uphold, and improve the professional and artistic pursuits of our members for more than half a century. The organization has put forward a working Constitution regulating the internal affairs thereof and the relations with other institutions (the latest edition of this document is of November, 2011). The governing body of the organization is the Council that consists of no less than 19 Members. The sole officers of the Guild are be a President, a Vice President, and a Secretary-Treasurer. The benefits of the membership include agency, representation and career advice, and also provides information about script formatting, treatments, pitching, script libraries, copyright, screenwriting contests, writing classes, and other useful resources. The organization also funds and runs a number of awards, such as 101 Best Written TV Series.
International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) was founded in 1918 and the mission statement hasn’t changed ever since: the main objective for its members is to unite for better wages, improved safety, and greater service for their communities. The organization is headquartered in Washington, DC and represents more than 298 thousand professional fire fighters and paramedics who protect 85 per cent of the nation’s population. The President of the Association is Harold A. Schaitberger, he is also the head of the Executive Council of the Association. The organization allocates part of its budget to uphold an IAFF Charitable Foundation that helps the victims of fires and their families. The main benefits the organization offers to its members is the social security and enhanced insurance opportunities. The peculiar detail with the organization is that it had been involved in partisan issues during the several latest election campaigns.
National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) is one of the oldest unions active on the territory of the US, it was founded in 1889 and unites non-rural letter carriers employed by the United States Postal Service, the general number of those being 300 thousand members. The mission of the organization is to help provide a competitive postal service and to maintain the status and respect for the profession in the modern globalised world. The President of the Association is Fredric V. Rolando, the Headquarters is located in Washington, D.C. and the structure of the organization is similar to the one it used to have in 1970s, during the letter carriers’ strike: the association holds a state-scale office in each state. The organization pays much attention to its members’ retirement and compensation issues and cares about maintaining their working hours in a normal amount. NALC is well-known for its community service programs.
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