IATSE International President Matthew D. Loeb was re-elected by acclamation by the delegates to the union’s 69th Quadrennial Convention on Thursday.
Other incumbent officers, including General Secretary-Treasurer James B. Wood, 13 International Vice Presidents, three International Trustees, and one delegate to the Canadian Labour Congress, were also re-elected by acclamation to their posts. The lack of opposing nominations indicates overwhelming support for the union’s leadership as it navigated and mitigated arguably the most difficult period in the union’s 128 year history, the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more ➔
Yesterday evening, the U.S. Senate confirmed Gwynne Wilcox and David Prouty to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) by votes of 52-47 and 53-46 respectively. The pair will join current NLRB Chair Lauren McFerran in restoring the board to a pro-worker, Democratic majority for the first time in almost four years.
Ms. Wilcox and Mr. Prouty have both demonstrated a commitment to protecting workers’ rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and have a deep understanding of the role unions play in securing livable wages, safe workplaces, and necessary benefits for America’s workers. Ms. Wilcox is an accomplished attorney, who has represented unions in arbitrations, contract negotiations, and before administrative agencies, including the NLRB. She is the first Black woman to serve on the NLRB in the agency’s 85-year history – an overdue, but significant milestone. She served as Associate General Counsel to 1199SEIU and also previously worked as a Field Attorney in the NLRB’s Region 2 office in New York. Read more ➔
On July 28th, Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL) reintroduced the bipartisan Performing Artists Tax Parity Act (PATPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives. This legislation provides a necessary update to the Qualified Performing Artist (QPA) tax deduction, correcting an unintended consequence of the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act that drastically increased taxes for middle class creative professionals.
Upon the PATPA’s reintroduction, IATSE International President Matthew D. Loeb stated, “This is an excellent example of Congress putting aside partisanship to right a wrong that affects thousands of middle class behind-the-scenes entertainment workers and creative professionals. This unnecessary tax hike has been hurting our members long before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down our work and wiped out our wages. Now, with a full return to work in sight, Congress should pass this bill, restore tax fairness, and ensure our workers come back stronger than before.” Read more ➔
We’re very proud to announce that we have launched the new IATSE Canada Website! It contains information and news specific to Canadians and is fully bilingual. Visit it at http://iatsecanada.net!
While the national impact of the live event industry is significant, live’s impact starts locally. The economic impact of live events extends beyond the jobs, event, and venue itself to local restaurants, hotels, bars, retailers, and small businesses. The report affirms that the Concerts and Live Entertainment Industry is a significant economic engine and the report’s key findings revealed that:
In 2019 the industry’s total nationwide economic impact of $132.6 billion supported 913,000 total jobs with associated labor income of approximately $42.2 billion.
The industry generated a direct impact of $55.2 billion in 2019, which included local operational spending by live events venues and off-site spending by out-of-town live event attendees.
If an out-of-town attendee were to spend $100.00 on a concert ticket, the local economy would benefit from an additional $334.92 in spending, resulting in a total spending impact of $434.92.
Overall, the live events industry generated a total fiscal impact of $17.5 billion in 2019, including nearly $9.3 billion in federal tax revenues and $8.3 billion in state and local tax revenues. Read more ➔