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2018 Mid-Summer GEB Summary: IATSE Celebrates 125th Anniversary, Raises $22k for PAC, and Updates Equality Statement

Monday, August 13, 2018

New York, NY, August 13th – Last week IATSE’s General Executive Board met at the Sheraton Times Square in New York City, where leaders and delegates celebrated the union’s 125th anniversary, raised $22k for the IATSE-PAC fund, and the General Executive Board unanimously voted to update IATSE’s equality statement. In attendance were 871 delegates representing 285 IATSE locals from all over the U.S. and Canada.

The week began with New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio welcoming IATSE delegates to New York, saying Monday, “This is a union town.”

On Wednesday, IATSE hosted its annual PAC reception at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square. During the event, delegates donated roughly $22,000 to the IATSE-PAC. This came just hours after the Political Department reported on the importance of the PAC in fighting the recent wave of anti-labor actions taken by the U.S. Federal Government.

On Thursday, the General Executive Board voted unanimously to update IATSE’s equality statement, changing the 2015 language “gender (including transgender people)” to “sex, gender identity and expression.” The updated statement reads, “We are opposed to unlawful and unfair discrimination and oppression on the grounds of sex, gender identity and expression…” This change is part of a broader initiative to foster a culture of inclusivity within the IATSE by using respectful language in official documents.

Later that same day, IATSE held its 125th anniversary gala, celebrating 125 years since representatives from New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Brooklyn, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Denver, Philadelphia, Syracuse, Buffalo, and Boston came together to found the National Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees on July 18th, 1893. The event featured speeches by New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento and IATSE International President Matthew Loeb, a recorded congratulatory statement from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and the unveiling of a new celebratory video detailing the history and importance of IATSE in the entertainment industry.