The first-ever IATSE Young Workers Committee was formed to identify young leaders and give young union members a greater understanding of the responsibilities of leadership. Since its inception, the Committee has adopted a mission statement, developed a communication plan, and continues to plan its first conference, which will be held September 7-9, 2012, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Committee members include Communications Director Emily Tao, International Representative D. Joseph Hartnett, Local 13 Vice President Patrick Landers, Local 28 Interim Vice President Leah Okin, and Local 461 President Doug Ledingham. Others who are assisting the Young Workers Committee are Education and Training Department Director Patricia White, International Representative Jennifer Triplett, Education Assistant Margaret LaBombard and Local 8 Executive Board member Jonathan Tortorice.
The Conference will emphasize on participation of members age 35 and under, and address educational training with classes to focus on developing practical leadership and activism skills for young members.
President Loeb explained that the International and Locals need support from committed young unionists to ensure that the International continues to prosper.