International President Emeritus Thomas C. Short has been a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories, and Canada, AFL-CIO, CLC since January 9, 1968 when he was initiated into Stagehands Local No. 27, Cleveland, Ohio.
President Emeritus Short is also a Charter Member of Special Department Local No. B-27, founded in 1977, as well as having served as its Business Agent. He was elected to serve on the Executive Boards of Stage Local 27 and Studio Mechanics Local 209 of the State of Ohio, in 1971, and in 1978 was elected to serve as Local 27's President.
At the 59th Biennial Convention of the I.A.T.S.E. held in August of 1988, Mr. Short was elected to the position of Eleventh International Vice President. He held that office until February of 1993 when the General Executive Board unanimously elected him to fill the vacated position of General Secretary-Treasurer of the Alliance.
In July of 1993, at the International's Centennial Convention in New York City, Short was elected to a full two-year term by the delegates to that Convention continuing his tenure as General Secretary-Treasurer of the International.
On December 16, 1994 Mr. Short was elected to the position of International President when the late President Alfred W. Di Tolla resigned. He was re-elected to his first, full three-year term as International President at the 62nd Convention of the International Alliance held in Miami Beach, Florida in 1995. Short was re-elected, unopposed, to his fourth term by the delegates to the International's 65th Quadrennial Convention held in Honolulu, Hawaii in July 2005.
President Emeritus Short was elected as a Vice President on the Executive Council of the AFL- CIO, during the 2005 AFL-CIO Convention and served in that position until his retirement.
During his tenure, President Emeritus Short received many awards including the DGA Honors Award, the Lew Wasserman Spirit of Democracy Award presented by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, the Heart To Heart Award presented by Encore Community Services and the Silver Medallion Award presented by the Motion Picture and Television Fund.
On July 31, 2008, Mr. Short announced his retirement to the General Executive Board during the Board meeting held in San Diego, California.