69th IATSE Convention Overwhelmingly Adopts Most Progressive Agenda in the Union’s History

69th IATSE Convention Overwhelmingly Adopts Most Progressive Agenda in the Union’s History

 

 

04 August 2021

 

Jersey City, NJ — Last week, the IATSE convened its Quadrennial Convention virtually for the very first time, where delegates overwhelmingly supported and passed “the most progressive set of constitutional changes and resolutions in our union’s history,” said IATSE’s newly re-elected International President Matthew D. Loeb.

In addition to re-electing President Loeb, General Secretary Treasurer James B. Wood, 13 Vice Presidents, and three Trustees, the business of the convention also focused on winning better healthcare, achieving diversity, equity, and inclusion, advocating for pro-worker and family friendly policy.

Further, the union used the Convention to make several major announcements, including a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee led member census in Spring 2022,  adoption of a new equity statement, a new slate of education courses and webinars, a new Canada specific website ,and more.

This follows arguably the most difficult period in the IATSE’s history, where the union’s leaders and members went to extraordinary lengths to address the COVID-19 pandemic by negotiating new safety protocols and providing aid to members in need. The bold agenda as passed by the delegates of the convention sets the stage for the union to maintain its momentum building power to win for entertainment workers.

IATSE released the following outline summarizing the developments of the IATSE’s 69th Quadrennial Convention:

  1. The delegates re-elected President Matthew D. Loeb, 13 Vice Presidents, and three trustees
  2. Resolutions – The delegates of the convention overwhelmingly to:
    • Advocate for and support federal legislation to protect the right to organize, expand collective bargaining rights, including but not limited to the PRO Act
    • Support elected officials who seek to ensure access to voting and fair elections in the US, while also working with organizations that help folks navigate the voting process and overcome voter suppression schemes.
    • Fight for the inclusion of Paid Family Medical Leave in CBA’s, and support of similar family friendly legislation at the local, state, and Federal levels
    • Review health plans and work to include robust coverage for gender-affirming medical treatment for Queer and Trans members.
    • Review health plans to ensure that PEP and PrEP (HIV prevention) are offered and covered.
    • Establish a process for conducting and publicizing an annual “census” report measuring aggregated demographic data
    • Explore anti-bias and anti-racist trainings, as well as recommending the IATSE General Executive Board, Officers, and Delegates attend trans inclusivity training.
    • Continue exploring development of mentorship programs and partnerships supporting organizations that encourage inclusion in entertainment careers
    • Revise and updated constitution and bylaws language to be more modern, specific, and inclusive.
  3. Announcements
    • The Education and Safety Department unveiled a new slate of courses and webinars (Details Soon)
    • The union launched a Canada specific website at Canada.iatse.net
    • Major update to international website iatse.net announced – (slated for mid-August)
    • DEI Committee announced a Membership Census in Spring 2022
    • IATSE General Executive Board adopts new “Equity” Statement
    • “Wear Your Union Logo Day” will now occur annually on the Friday preceding Labor Day

 

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The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees or IATSE (full name: International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada), is a labor union representing over 150,000 technicians, artisans and craftspersons in the entertainment industry, including live theatre, motion picture and television production, broadcast, and trade shows in the United States and Canada.