Workers at William F. Whites to Join the Ranks of the IATSE

TORONTO, ON Yesterday, workers at William F. White International Inc., a division of Sunbelt Rentals of Canada, Inc., voted overwhelmingly in favour of joining the IATSE. Concerns over job security, wages and a changing work culture inspired these workers to come together to improve their working conditions by forming a union.

“We are very excited to welcome workers from White’s into the IATSE”, said John Lewis, IATSE International Vice President and Director of Canadian Affairs. “Our members interact with these workers on a daily basis, and it only makes sense that they begin to receive benefits and representation similar to other IATSE film and television workers.”

William F. White International Inc., a division of Sunbelt Rentals of Canada, Inc. is Canada’s only national film equipment provider, offering services in several provinces. To date, only those workers at the Toronto location have joined the union.

“The industry works best when workers are paid and treated equitably,” said Lewis, adding, “There is real strength and benefit when workers come together.”

Rental house workers interested in speaking about improving their working conditions should contact IATSE International Representative Jeremy Salter, at jsalter@iatse.net.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Krista Hurdon, IATSE International Representative

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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 170,000 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.

For more information please contact:
General: comms@iatse.net
Press: press@iatse.net


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