Both Williams and Austin are aligned with the MembershipFirst faction that holds a majority on the Hollywood board but a minority on the national board. Williams had one year remaining in her second three-year term. She will stay on in her position as president of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, which is a separate organization from SAG.
"JoBeth gave back to her union as a board member and continues to do so as president of the SAG Foundation and as a member of SAG Award Committee," said SAG 1st vice president Anne-Marie Johnson. "When you take your SAG board obligations seriously, as JoBeth did, valuable time is taken away from other aspects of our lives. It's a difficult balancing act."
A call to Williams' home was not immediately returned.