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Locals 776 and 771 voluntarily unite to create a new national editors’ guild

In November of this year, Local 776, Los Angeles, CA and Local 771, New York, NY voluntarily united to create a new national editors’ guild.  The new Local, Motion Picture Editors Local 700 has jurisdiction throughout the entire United States, having its principal office in Los Angeles, with an office also maintained in New York.   Former Local 776 Business Agent Ron Kutak became the National Executive Director of Local 700, with Sister Kathy Repola as the Assistant Executive Director in the West Coast, and Former Local 771 Business Agent Bill Hanauer, as the Assistant Executive Director in the East Coast.  Local 700’s first order of business was to commence negotiations with the major studios to reach a national agreement.

The Editors’ Local, with a combined membership of approximately 5,000, held its first officer and board elections at the end of the year.