02/11/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/11/2021 16:58
SAG-AFTRA and the SAG-AFTRA Foundation today announced the establishment of the John T. McGuire Scholarship Fund.
The scholarship was created by and endowed with a founding gift from his colleagues on SAG-AFTRA's executive staff as well as the staff of the Foundation. The scholarship will provide an annual grant of $5,000 to further educational opportunities for people committed to those causes to which McGuire has devoted his professional life, including fair and equal treatment of workers, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and worker solidarity here and around the world.
Donations of any amount to the scholarship fund can be made via the SAG-AFTRA Foundation website, at sagaftra.foundation/donate.
McGuire began his tenure at the union in 1969, working as an assistant to Screen Actors Guild New York Branch Executive Director Harold Hoffman, and took over for his boss when Hoffman retired in 1975. He continued to distinguish himself, this time in a national leadership role, as SAG's associate national executive director from 1982 to 2001. In 2001, McGuire was named SAG senior advisor and was instrumental in negotiating the union's contracts, duties he continued after the 2012 merger with AFTRA.
John McGuire is a founding member of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation and has served on its Board of Directors for more than 35 years. Earlier this month McGuire retired from SAG-AFTRA after 52 years on staff serving in various roles. He will continue on as a member of the Foundation Board.
Upon his retirement, McGuire was presented with the distinguished SAG-AFTRA President's Award for meritorious service, dedication and commitment to the membership of SAG-AFTRA and the American labor movement.
'It is not an overstatement to say that tens of thousands of performers have lived a better life, received a better paycheck, worked on a safer set, and retired with a better pension thanks to the work of John McGuire,' said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. 'Through this scholarship, we honor John and pay tribute to his many extraordinary accomplishments and ensure that his tremendous legacy of service will continue into the future.'
'The creation of the Foundation in 1985, and its growth into an invaluable resource for all SAG-AFTRA members, is due in large part to the leadership and commitment of John McGuire. It is only fitting that he be recognized and honored through this new scholarship fund,' said SAG-AFTRA Foundation Executive Director Cyd Wilson. 'We are grateful that John will continue to serve on our board and that this scholarship will further his legacy for generations to come.'
SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director David P. White said, 'John McGuire's disciplined and scholarly approach to work, his open willingness to teach and mentor colleagues, and his remarkable dedication to our membership represent just a few of the character traits that we seek to honor with the establishment of this endowed scholarship. The fund will continue his tremendous legacy of giving by ensuring that generations of advocates will learn about John's many contributions to our community and will be able to carry the work forward. This is a powerful way to demonstrate our enormous gratitude for John's presence in the collective life of this union and industry.'
In addition to his service on the SAG-AFTRA Foundation board, McGuire also serves as a trustee of the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan and the SAG-Producers Pension Plan. He has also served as a board member of the Industry Advancement & Cooperative Fund; a vice president of FIA; the vice president and founding director of the Museum of the Moving Image; the president of the Council of Motion Picture & Television Unions of New York City; the secretary of the Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund; and the general vice president of the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO, among others.
He was awarded the SAG-AFTRA George Heller Memorial Award for service above and beyond the call of duty in 2017, and in 2018 he was one of five recipients of the 2018 DGA Honors for his tireless work on behalf of all entertainment and media industry workers.