The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes President Thomas C. Short announced that the entertainment union representing over 25,000 skilled craftsmen from the entertainment industry in the Los Angeles area, has thrown its unconditional support and endorsement behind Los Angeles mayoral candidate Antonio Villaraigosa. International President Short appeared with Councilman Villaraigosa at a press conference held on Friday, March 25, 2005 in front of the Ronald Regan office building, located in downtown Los Angeles, CA where he praised the Los Angeles City Councilman for his undisputed track record supporting the entertainment industry and as both the Speaker of the House of the State Assembly and LA City Councilman.
“Antonio has been a true friend to the IATSE and a champion of our industry throughout his career. When he is elected as Mayor of Los Angeles, we know he will continue to fight to keep this $31 billion industry thriving in Southern California. The IATSE will work to turn out our members in support of the candidate who has visibly worked for this industry and that candidate is Villaraigosa,” Short stated.
Joining International President Short at the press conference were Business Agents and representatives of IATSE West Coast Locals who voted unanimously to support Villaraigosa in his bid for mayor. The nod for support followed a brief and very supportive discussion during an IATSE business agent meeting held on March 17, 2005 at the Union’s West Coast Office. Representatives from Locals 33, 80, 600, 683, 705, 706, 800, and 871 attended the press conference to show their support for the Councilman.