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Victory for IA in chartering TV workers

DuMont Television Studios in New York was a prime organizing target for rival unions as well as the Alliance. Organizing drives at this studio - then the largest in the country - caused the National Labor Relations Board to order an election to determine which union would represent these workers. President Walsh saw this as an important battle for the IA that our Alliance had to win.

The IATSE triumphed and Local 794 was chartered. In 1945, a five-year contract was entered into between that local and DuMont, covering all of its engineers in New York. Camera operators (who at that time were all women) got a whopping increase in their weekly pay from $50 to $75.

This victory led to other successful efforts later in Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh when TV stations began operation in those cities.