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George Browne becomes IA International President

Photo caption: Wardrobe employees through the years, like these workers in the early 1930s, worked tirelessly to maintain the often elaborate costumes required for major stage productions.

Source: National Archives

With Bioff’s guidance, Browne emerged triumphant from the Louisville, Kentucky, convention, as the IA’s new International President.

Early in his first term, Browne consolidated his power, using the “emergency” provision of the IA Constitution to seize control of IA locals in several cities to quell the immediate opposition upon his election as president.

Such tactics made it difficult for locals to resist Browne and Bioff.  Despite this intimidation, however, courageous IA rank and file members, as well as local union officers, continued to fight the Browne regime every step of the way.

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