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IATSE International President Matthew Loeb: Clinton Right to Call Out Companies That Misclassify Workers

IATSE General Board Endorses Obama 2nd Term

Matthew Loeb, International President of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, released the following statement in response to Republican candidates Jeb Bush and Rand Paul, who defended corporations that misclassify workers as independent contractors.

“Secretary Clinton was spot on in calling out companies that misclassify workers as independent contractors,” Loeb said. “We are facing a growing trend of shameless companies misclassifying our members – in a variety of professions from broadcast technicians to stagehands – as independent contractors.”

In misclassifying workers to reduce labor costs, companies deny middle class workers their hard-earned area standard wages and many critical benefits, including health care, pension qualification, and unemployment and disability insurance. 

“All middle class Americans should applaud Secretary Clinton for raising this worker misclassification issue,” said Loeb. “She clearly has their interests at heart. By speaking out, she is standing with them in the fight to enable their families to live with dignity.”

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The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees or IATSE (full name: International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada), is a labor union representing over 160,000 technicians, artisans and craftspersons in the entertainment industry, including live events, motion picture and television production, broadcast, and trade shows in the United States and Canada.

For more information please contact:
General: comms@iatse.net
Press: press@iatse.net

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