Actors’ Equity Association Executive Director Al Vincent, Jr. to be Honored by Jewish Labor Committee

2022 Human Rights Awards Gala will also recognize Lynne Fox of Workers United, Chris Shelton of CWA and Speaker Nancy Pelosi

NEW YORK – Actors’ Equity Association, the national labor union representing more than 51,000 professional actors and stage managers in live theatre, congratulates Executive Director Al Vincent, Jr. on receiving a 2022 Human Rights Award from the Jewish Labor Committee at their 2022 Human Rights Award Gala. Lynne Fox, president of Workers United, SEIU, and Chris Shelton, president of CWA, will also receive 2022 Human Rights Awards at the event, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi will also be honored with JLC’s Lifetime of Valor award that night.

The program will also feature remarks from RWDSU/UFCW and JLC President Stuart Appelbaum, AFT President and JLC Secretary Randi Weingarten, AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler and very special guests Pennsylvania Governor-Elect Josh Shapiro and Congresswoman Sara Jacobs (D-CA). The Gala will be held virtually on Monday, December 19 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern. A virtual cocktail reception with the honorees precedes the gala at 5:30 p.m. For more information, to purchase tickets or to make a charitable contribution, please visit

Nearing the first anniversary of his appointment as executive director of Actors’ Equity Association, Al Vincent, Jr. comes from a multi-generation union family, and he has dedicated his career to the labor movement. He first joined the United Food and Commercial Workers International (UFCW) union as an A&P employee in 1986, joining staff in 1990 and rising through the ranks of union leadership. Prior to joining Equity, Vincent was the international vice president and mid-Atlantic region director for the UFCW. He is particularly skilled at strategies for sustainable change and growing and managing staff to execute ambitious visions for worker and social justice.

Vincent is dedicated to many causes outside of his work in the labor movement. Notably, he founded and chaired Empower PAC, a non-partisan political action committee that supports candidates and campaigns that benefit progressive causes and working families. He also served on the board of directors for the Keystone Research Center for Public Policy, the Philadelphia chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Uplift Solutions, a public-private partnership that has brought 25 million servings healthy and high-quality food to urban food deserts.

ACTORS' EQUITY ASSOCIATION, founded in 1913, is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 51,000 professional actors and stage managers. Equity endeavors to advance the careers of its members by negotiating wages, improving working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits (health and pension included). Member: AFL-CIO, FIA. #EquityWorks

THE JEWISH LABOR COMMITTEE, an independent secular nonprofit organization, is the voice of the Jewish community in the labor movement and the voice of the labor movement in the Jewish community. Whether through its national office in New York or local offices and lay-led groups across the United States, the JLC enables the Jewish community and the trade union movement to work together on important issues of shared interest and concern, in pursuit of our shared commitment to economic and social justice.

December 14, 2022