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International Publicly Endorses New York City Mayor for Re-election with Support of Local Unions

Photo caption: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (at podium) with President Short.

Photo credit: Julie Crosby, Local 18032, ATPAM

The IATSE, comprised of 16 local unions within the five boroughs of New York City, endorsed Mayor Michael Bloomberg for re-election citing the Mayor’s commitment to the entertainment industry and job creation, at a press conference held on Wednesday, September 21st.

President Short and Mayor Bloomberg were joined by representatives of 13 I. A. local unions who attended the press conference to demonstrate their support in the International’s first endorsement of a Republican candidate in 112 years.

The press conference was held on West 45th Street in the heart of the Theatre District with President Short citing the Mayor’s work with the entertainment industry and job creation throughout the City.

In the past the International’s record of endorsements has included Democrats including Presidential candidates Richard A. Gephardt and John Kerry, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.  This is the first time the International has endorsed a candidate for Mayor of New York City and the first time in 112 years endorsed a Republican candidate.

Joining the Mayor and President Short were Legitimate Theatre and Television Stage Local One; Legitimate Theatre Stage Local 4; Motion Picture & Television Studio Mechanics Local 52; Script Supervisors Local 161; Motion Picture Projectionists, Operators, Video Technicians and Allied Crafts Local 306; Motion Picture Editors Local 700; Treasurers and Ticket Sellers Local 751; Legitimate Theatre and Television Wardrobe Local 764; Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Local 798; Exhibition Employees Local 829; The Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers (ATPAM) Local 18032; United Scenic Artists Local USA829; and Ball Park Ticket Sellers Local F-72.