Weekly Newsletter 8/6/2021

IATSE International President Matthew D. Loeb mourns the passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

IATSE International President Matthew D. Loeb released the following statement:

The passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is absolutely heartbreaking. Today we lost a giant amongst giants, a stalwart champion of the labor movement, and a dear friend. President Trumka’s leadership was electric and unparalleled, from his early days as president of the United Mine Workers of America through the COVID-19 pandemic. It was an honor to serve alongside him in these difficult times.

President Trumka will be remembered as a legendary labor leader, and we can all honor his memory by carrying forward his life’s work: to ensure that all working people can attain the American Dream. In the words of Mother Jones, ‘Mourn the dead, fight like hell for the living.’

My heart and prayers go out to Rich and his family. May he Rest In Peace.

Safe and Sound Week Webinars August 9-15

Monday, August 9

1:00pm to 2:00pm EDT – “What is OSHA?” Presented by Bill McCord, Training Specialist, IATSE Training Trust Fund. Register Here ➔

Save the Dates! (registration links will come via email the day before each broadcast.)  

Tuesday, August 10 

12:00pm to 1:00pm EDT – Ergonomics for IATSE Workers. 

1:30pm to 2:30pm EDT – Ladder Safety Basics for IATSE Workers. 

3:30pm to 4:30pm EDT – Heat Illness Prevention. 

5:00pm to 6:00pm EDT – How to Read a Safety Data Sheet. 

Wednesday, August 11

3:00pm to 4:00pm EDT – “Safe + Sound Stretches” Presented by Reggie Hubbard, Active Peace Yoga. 

Thursday, August 12 

3:00pm to 5:00pm EDT – “Developing a Craft Skills & Safety Training Program in Your Local Union” 

We encourage all IATSE locals and workers to use Friday as an opportunity to celebrate Safe + Sound Week on their own.  Local unions can participate by sharing this information with their membership, scheduling a class, or by simply posting safety reminders or articles in Local newsletters.

Send us your photos! If your Local holds an event to promote Safe & Sound Week please send photos to Comms@IATSE.net and your Local may be featured on IATSE social media.

If you would like to learn more about how you can participate in Safe + Sound Week, follow this link: https://www.osha.gov/safeandsoundweek/

69th IATSE Convention Overwhelmingly Adopts Most Progressive Agenda in the Union’s History

Jersey City, NJ — Last week, the IATSE convened its Quadrennial Convention virtually for the very first time, where delegates overwhelmingly supported and passed “the most progressive set of constitutional changes and resolutions in our union’s history,” said IATSE’s newly re-elected International President Matthew D. Loeb.

In addition to re-electing President Loeb, General Secretary Treasurer James B. Wood, 13 Vice Presidents, and three Trustees, the business of the convention also focused on winning better healthcare, achieving diversity, equity, and inclusion, advocating for pro-worker and family friendly policy.

Further, the union used the Convention to make several major announcements, including a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee led member census in Spring 2022,  adoption of a new equity statement, a new slate of education courses and webinars, a new Canada specific website, and more. Read more ➔

Worker protection agencies need more funding to enforce labor laws and protect workers

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the widespread dangers and injustices that workers face every day. For too long, workers have been forced to work in unsafe conditions, suffered from excessive wage theft, and been subjected to discrimination and harassment.

While laws aimed at deterring these workplace abuses already exist, enforcement efforts have been woefully insufficient because the agencies tasked with protecting workers are chronically under-resourced. As Congress and the Biden administration work on budget spending and COVID-19 recovery legislation, there is an urgent opportunity to correct these inadequacies in our labor law system and boost funding for enforcement agencies. Read more ➔

Rent and mortgage assistance available through federal, state, and local governments

If you’re having trouble making rent payments as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, you’re not alone. Federal, state, and local governments are offering help with housing expenses and avoiding eviction. Visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s mortgage and rent assistance site  to find out what this means for you and what you can do. Learn more ➔

Tony Awards to honor IATSE Association of Theatrical Press Agents & Managers member Irene Gandy

The Tony Awards will recognize IATSE/ATPAM’s very own Irene Gandy as a recipient of the Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre after a 50+ year career having worked on over 100 Broadway shows.

The award is given to those who have demonstrated “extraordinary achievement” in the theater, but are not eligible for other Tony Award categories. The 2020 Tony Awards are scheduled to take place Sept. 26. in a two-part broadcast across CBS platforms. Read More ➔

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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.

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