Hollywood, FL — 2nd International Vice President J. Walter Cahill and 7th International Vice President John T. “Jack” Beckman, Jr. announced their retirements Thursday afternoon at the IATSE General Executive Board Meeting in Hollywood, Florida.
The General Executive Board unanimously elected IATSE International Trustee and Local 834 Business Agent C. Faye Harper as 12th International Vice President and Local 11 Business Agent Colleen Glynn as 13th International Vice President.
To fill the vacancy left on the Board of Trustees by Harper’s appointment to the General Executive Board, Local 122 Business Agent Carlos Cota has been elected unanimously as International Trustee.
“I and the rest of the GEB are extremely pleased and excited about the changes on the Executive Board. We look forward to the input and participation of these accomplished labor leaders,” said IATSE International President Matthew Loeb. “On behalf of the entire Alliance, I express my deepest gratitude to retired Vice Presidents Cahill and Beckman for their years of service and commitment to the membership.”
Cahill was elected to the Executive Board in June 2000. After serving in the U.S. Army with the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Purple Heart, Cahill began working as a stagehand in 1968. From 1987 to 2004, Cahill served as Vice President, President, and Business Agent of Local 22. He is also on the Executive Committee of the AFL-CIO’s Union Veterans Council since its establishment in 2008. Cahill will continue serving as the political liaison for the IATSE.
Beckman was appointed to the IATSE General Executive Board in summer of 2004. He has been a member of the St. Louis-based IATSE Local 6 since 1970. Beckman joined the IATSE after serving in the U.S. Army and has been the Business Agent of the stage local since 1978. Prior to being elected as Business Agent, Beckman spent four years as a member of the local’s executive board.
12th International Vice President C. Faye Harper has been a Trustee for the IATSE International for the past 15 years. She has been the business agent of Local 834 in Atlanta, Georgia, for 22 years. Harper was the recipient of the 2015 Georgia State AFL-CIO Labor Leader of the Year Award.
13th International Vice President Colleen Glynn has been at the forefront in organizing for Local 11 in Boston, Massachusetts, where she has been an officer for over 10 years. She is a third-generation stagehand and oversees the Activism and Community Subcommittee of the IATSE Women’s Committee.
International Trustee Carlos Cota has served as Business Agent of Local 122 in San Diego, California, for more than 10 years. He recently spearheaded the organizing efforts of the La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California. The San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council recognized Cota as Labor Leader of the Year in 2015.