The West Coast Office of the IATSE has expanded with the addition of three key staffers, it was announced by Thomas C. Short, International President of the union. Joining the staff are Attorney Leo Geffner, his assistant Christine Glover and independent publicist Lindajo Loftus. Geffner will report to Short and Glover and Loftus will report to Short as well as Joe Aredas, International Representative in Charge of the West Coast Office.
Geffner, who joins the IATSE as West Coast Counsel, is a prominent union labor lawyer in Los Angeles. Over the course of his career, in addition to representing the IATSE for nearly 30 years, as a member of the law firm of Geffner & Bush, he has represented other well-known entertainment industry unions such as Screen Actors Guild, Inc., Directors Guild of America, Actors’ Equity Association. He will continue to represent labor unions and trust funds through a continued association with Geffner & Bush on an “Of Counsel” basis.
Over the years, Geffner has been involved in advocating and drafting collective bargaining legislation. An important achievement in the public sector was his representation in a California Supreme Court case which established that California public employees have a right to strike. He also served as lead counsel in Marquez v. Screen Actors Guild, wherein a unanimous opinion by the United States Supreme Court upheld the union security provisions in collective bargaining agreements.
Geffner is an active member of several bar associations, has previously served as Chair of the Labor & Employment Law Sections of the American Bar Association, California Bar, and the Los Angeles County Bar, and is currently involved in the formation of the ABA’s Sports & Entertainment Committee.
Christine Glover has been Geffner’s assistant for the past three years. She will remain Geffner’s assistant as well as assume the role of Office Manager of the West Coast Office.
Loftus, who joins the staff as an International Representative, has worked with the IATSE as their publicist since 1999. She will continue to handle public relations duties as well as expanding into event coordination and working on legislative affairs for the West Coast. The veteran publicist has been a member of IATSE since 1989 and has represented musical artists, television programs, award shows and charitable events.
“These three individuals bring their enthusiasm, commitment and talent to the IATSE and will help us to continue to make the IATSE stronger for its members,” Short commented.