Hodge, who had been president of the New York branch, died on Sept. 9 at the age of 70. Carteris announced the award on Monday, a day after the concluion of the union’s biennial convention at the Sheraton Universal. The event is closed to the news media.
“Today I’m going to start a new SAG-aftra tradition: the presentation of the first President’s Award, which recognizes exceptional service to the union,” said Carteris.
“I am honored to present this award to Mike Hodge for his extraordinary service, dedication and commitment to the membership of SAG-aftra, and unionism in America,” she added. “It only feels right that it should go to someone who worked so hard for the union. He will be sorely missed but we continue to feel his presence in the