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IATSE’s Executive Council Seat Reclaimed at AFL-CIO Convention

Photo caption: AFL-CIO President John Sweeney (left) with International President Short.

The 2005 Convention of the AFL-CIO was held at the Navy Pier Convention Center in Chicago, Illinois from July 25 through 28, and marked the 50th anniversary of the merger of the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations, a merger that brought forth the most powerful labor organization in the world.

The IATSE was represented by International President Thomas C. Short, General Secretary-Treasurer James B. Wood and International Vice Presidents Michael Barnes, J. Walter Cahill, Michael F. Miller, Jr. and John T. Beckman; as well as Assistant to the President Deborah A. Reid and Special Representatives Ira Alper and Dennis O’Connell.

President Short was elected without opposition to be seated on the Council as a Vice President of the AFL-CIO.  President Short’s election to this post is not only important for the voice of the IATSE to be heard on the Council, but it also marks a monumental accomplishment reclaiming a seat the International has not held for 31 years.

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