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First Vice President Retires; President of NY Production Local Elected to Position

In Calgary, on July 27, 2006, Rudy N. Napoleone, First International Vice President of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees General Executive Board, announced his retirement at the IATSE General Executive Board Meeting.

“Brother Napoleone came to the IATSE’s General Executive Board 16 years ago and served this International Alliance with distinction and integrity,” said International President Thomas C. Short.

To fill the vacancy on the IATSE General Executive Board resulting from Vice President Napoleone’s retirement, the Board unanimously elected John R. Ford to fill the vacancy.  Ford is President of New York’s Production Local 52 and was serving the IATSE as one of its three International Trustees.  Continuing past practice when a vacancy occurs on the Board, Ford became the IATSE’s Thirteenth International Vice President while the remaining twelve VP’s now move up to the next higher spot.  “John Ford comes to the Board with trade unionism in his blood and he has been a driving force in the leadership of his local union.  He will be a tremendous addition to this General Executive Board,” International President Short said.

With Ford’s election to VP, the vacancy in his position as International Trustee was filled by the Board’s unanimous election of Thomas J. Cleary who has been serving Chicago Stage Local 2 as Secretary-Treasurer for the past six years.  “Cleary is also a welcome addition as an elected official of this International Alliance.  His financial background that will be an asset to his work with the other Trustees,” said International President Short.