Chicago hosts National AFTRA Convention

Four hundred delegates from throughout the U.S. will convene in Chicago Aug. 6-8 for AFTRA’s 62nd biennial national convention at the Hyatt Regency hotel.

Delegates from 34 AFTRA locals, from Eastern, Central and Western regions, will come here to elect new officers, set union policies and chart the future course for the national union’s 70,000 broadcaster, performer and sound recording members.

The biennial gathering of delegates, AFTRA’s highest governing body, is hosted by a different AFTRA local every two years.

Chicago has been the host city every decade, except for the 1970s, since the union was founded in 1937 — the last time was in 1993. Mayor Daley has the distinction of being the only U.S. mayor who will have addressed the convention twice, in ’93 and again this year.

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin is slated to give a major address at the three-day convention, whose theme this year is “From Broadcast to Broadband and Beyond.”

The Chicago local’s 2,500 membership will be represented by 44 delegates. The local convention planning committee has worked diligently for many months on ways to show off the city in all its summer glory.

The Convention officially begins Aug. 6, following three days of meetings of the AFTRA Administrative Committee and the National Board Plenary.