Santa Fe IATSE Boss Jon Hendry Forced to Resign After Misconduct Complaints

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Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by  on March 18, 2018.

Facing almost certain firing, Jon Hendry, the longtime business agent of IATSE Local 480 in Santa Fe, has resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment. News of his resignation came Sunday at a raucous membership meeting, which had been called to consider his ouster. The local’s president, Doug Acton, will serve as acting business agent.

“Everyone is very happy,” said a member who attended the meeting. “Good things are going to happen now that he’s gone.”

Once one of the most powerful labor leaders in New Mexico, Hendry’s precipitous downfall came just 12 days after Christa Valdez, the local’s former public relations rep, sued him for sexual harassment. Her suit, filed March 6, claims he sent her a text in 2016 that said: “Could you send me a pic of your naked, sweaty, skinny body? At least one of us will feel much better.” …
Six days later – the same day he was removed as president of the New Mexico Federation of Labor AFL-CIO – a second sexual harassment suit was filed against him. Madeleine Lauve, a former employee of the local, alleged that from 2013-14, he subjected her to “discriminatory conditions, including an explicit quid pro quo for sex, to maintain and to improve her employment and to qualify for and be admitted as a labor organization member of IATSE.” …

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