IATSE for Biden

In 2020, President Biden pledged to be the most pro-union president since Franklin D. Roosevelt. In the opinion of the IATSE General Executive Board, he has fulfilled that promise time and again since taking office.

Our union has never had a more willing ally in the White House. The Biden-Harris Administration has actively sought to include the voices of IATSE behind-the-scenes entertainment workers in decisions that impact our industries and workplaces. President Biden has given IATSE a seat at the table and unprecedented opportunities to weigh-in on policy decisions that impact our members.

Looking solely at issues affecting IATSE and its members, Biden’s record of support is clear:

1. He spoke with IATSE members directly to learn the effects of the pandemic on our industries, and then signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act, providing IATSE members the pandemic relief they needed to stay safe until a return to work was possible.

2. He invited a young IATSE organizer to the White House to lift up our organizing successes in animation, and engaged IATSE to provide input on executive actions that will increase worker organizing and empowerment in our industries.

3. His pro-worker appointees to the Department of Labor and National Labor Relations Board have made it easier to organize and cracked down on the misclassification of our workers as independent contractors, paving the way for workers in hair and makeup, visual effects, animation, gaming, and more, to organize and join the IATSE.

4. He reestablished the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities and appointed labor leaders to ensure workers had a seat at the table

5. His federal budgets have consistently requested additional federal arts funding, allowing Congress to achieve record funding levels for the NEA & NEH; money that goes towards projects our members work on.

6. His agency that oversees our country’s international trade collaborated with IATSE and other arts unions to report on the adverse impact of online piracy on workers.

7. His first Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, a former union member, visited IATSE Local 720 in Las Vegas to talk about the return of live events after the pandemic and the issues we still faced. Then, Secretary Walsh’s replacement, Acting Secretary Julie Su, visited the local again for an update on work in the industry.

“I am proud to confer this endorsement on behalf of the IATSE General Executive Board and once again stand with President Biden, in the way he has consistently stood with us. President Biden has given IATSE a seat at the table and unprecedented opportunities to weigh-in on policy decisions that stand to impact our members. We have been grateful for his partnership and look forward to continuing our shared fight to better the lives of working people across the country.” – IATSE International President Matthew D. Loeb

8. His Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su invited an IATSE member to participate in a panel that addressed the critical role that unions play in achieving equity for workers of color and creating career pathways in the arts and entertainment industries.

For these reasons and more, in April 2023, IATSE’s General Executive Board voted unanimously to endorse President Joe Biden for reelection. Joe Biden has consistently stood with us and we’re going to continue standing with him.

After four years of proven advocacy and policies that benefit workers, the choice for IATSE members and working people is clear. Powered by the strength of the IATSE membership, we will put the full weight of our Alliance behind the Biden-Harris ticket and continue the progress we’ve made the last 4 years.

“Just the Facts” – Remembering the Labor Record of the Trump Administration

In 2004, Donald Trump crossed the IATSE picket line of “The Apprentice,” where crew members of the reality TV show were speaking up together to get paid fairly for the work they did. The day he crossed that picket line was the day he showed how little he cares about IATSE entertainment workers.

Regardless of how you feel about former President Trump, his administration made workplaces more dangerous, anti-union forces more formidable, and our retirement security more uncertain.

Trump’s labor record:


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