IATSE Weekly Newsletter 9/17/2021



News Updates






Secretary Walsh met with members of Local 720 on Monday to talk about the Administration’s efforts to build our economy back better and put power into the hands of working people. Among the topics discussed were The Protecting the Right to Organize Act and the importance of extending healthcare coverage for entertainment workers who continue to be out of work through no fault of their own. “We at Local 720 are very appreciative of Secretary Walsh taking time out of his busy schedule to meet with us,” Said IATSE Local 720 President Phil Jaynes.


Political/Legislative Director Tyler McIntosh indicated these meetings are proof positive of how the administration is putting the needs of working families front and center, “When we elect a pro-worker administration, they listen to us. The level of engagement that we have experienced from the Biden Administration is unprecedented and it’s truly the most pro-worker administration in history.”





IATSE’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee celebrates the rich history, culture and influence of Hispanics and Latinx in the United States during Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th to October 15th. Abrazos to all our IATSE kin of Hispanic and Latinx descent! Learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month ➔



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understand key components and considerations for leading their local unions. Course topics include Why Workers Join Unions, The Impact of Unions, The Decline of Unions, Signs of Hope, Union Functions and Duties of Officers, and more!  The title is foundations, but both new and seasoned leaders have benefited from this popular course! This is a virtual complement to the Officer Institute - Engage independently and learn at your own pace and on your own schedule for a total time of approximately 6-8 hours over the course of the week. Click here to view course flyer and registration info, this course is open only to local union officers.



IATSE Locals 487 and 600 were proud to stand with BCTGM Local 358 workers in their fight for a fair deal with Nabisco!






Very late Tuesday night, BCTGM negotiators reached a tentative agreement with Nabisco/Mondelez on a new contract! Thank you to all the sisters, brothers, and kin who supported their strike!






Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are union issues. Further your understanding of our collective history, the legacy of past rules, power, privilege, bias, racism, exclusion, and equity in this 2-hour webinar originally presented to the delegates of the 69th Quadrennial Convention. Register here  ➔






What does being in the Union mean to you?:

"The Animation Guild really does feel like a supportive, tight-knit community full of people who want to connect, collaborate, and tell amazing stories. I’ve met a bunch of like-minded and creative individuals through mixers, TAG shows, etc., including some of my closest friends. Everyone seems to be looking out for each other in a really sincere way."


Who are your inspirations in the field of animation?:

"I know it sounds incredibly clichè, but Bojack Horseman showed me what was possible with the medium. Shows like that, [along with] Undone, Rick and Morty, and Love, Death & Robots, have made it clear that animation is a medium, not a genre. It can serve a dark comedy or a fantastical sci-fi sitcom or an anthology series in the same way live action can, and that’s incredibly exciting."

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