IATSE Endorses Joe Biden for President

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Joe Biden acknowledges the crowd during a campaign rally in March in Kansas City, Missouri. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Carolyn Giardina on May 19, 2020.

IATSE has endorsed Joe Biden for president of the United States.

The union, which represents 140,000 entertainment workers including cinematographers, editors and production designers, said Tuesday that its general executive board voted unanimously to endorse the former vice president for his “extensive record and history of fighting for workers’ rights and working families, but he is also genuinely concerned on a human level about the welfare of behind-the-scenes entertainment workers.”

Recently, the Biden campaign hosted an unemployment town hall on how COVID-19 is specifically impacting entertainment workers, with members of Local 764 and Local One invited to participate. IATSE previously reported that an estimated 120,000 of its members are out of work due to the impact of the pandemic and has been taking steps to provide relief for members.

The union related that Biden has “consistently lifted up and prioritized issues affecting IATSE members and their families — from protecting workers’ rights to organize a union and bargain for higher wages and better benefits, to defending our earned pension checks and health care.” It also noted that Biden involved IATSE in developing the Biden Plan for Strengthening Worker Organizing, Collective Bargaining and Unions, saying he is “the only remaining candidate to reach out on such an effort.” …

THR 5/19

 

IATSE Endorses Joe Biden for President of the United States

Reprinted from an IATSE press release on May 19, 2020.

IATSE’s General Executive Board voted unanimously Monday to extend its endorsement to Former Vice President Joe Biden for President of the United States.

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Former Vice President Biden has an extensive record and history of fighting for workers’ rights and working families, but he is also genuinely concerned on a human-level about the welfare of behind-the-scenes entertainment workers.

Recently, the Biden campaign hosted an unemployment town hall on how COVID-19 is specifically impacting entertainment workers. Members of Local 764 and Local One were invited to share their experiences during this pandemic and pose questions on how Joe Biden will address the unique challenges that those working in the entertainment industry will continue to face as we seek to recover from this unprecedented health crisis.

Labor unions are under assault, with policies under the current administration and across the country undermining workers’ collective bargaining rights and stripping union workers of the wages, benefits, and retirement security they deserve. …

IATSE press release 5/19

 

CWA Endorses Joe Biden for President

Reprinted from a Communications Workers of America press release by Amy Fetherolf on May 22, 2020.

The Communications Workers of America has endorsed Joe Biden for President.

In a letter to the union’s Executive Board recommending the endorsement, CWA President Chris Shelton said that Biden is “someone who will walk the walk when it comes to fighting for workers’ rights to organize and bargain collectively.”

“Joe understands labor’s mantra: ‘Which side are you on’,” wrote Shelton. “He knows who built America and who built the middle class. When we need him, Joe and his White House will be there for us, ready to help. It’s about time the President of the United States was an ally and promoter of organized labor, not an enemy.”

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Shelton cited Biden’s support for the PRO Act, the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act, and the fact that his broadband plan includes language requiring companies receiving funds to remain neutral on workers’ organizing efforts as evidence of Biden’s commitment to workers’ rights. …

CWA press release 5/22

 

USW Endorses Joe Biden for President

Reprinted from a United Steel Workers press release by Jess Kamm Broomell on May 20, 2020.

The United Steelworkers union endorsed Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential race.

“Vice President Biden has long been a friend of workers and our union,” said USW International President Thomas Conway. “The USW is proud to stand with him now as he seeks to put our country back on a path toward shared prosperity through responsible leadership.”

The decision was the culmination of a months-long process that began last fall when the union sent all the prospective presidential candidates a detailed questionnaire to determine where each of them stands on key issues affecting working people. …

USW press release 5/20

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Jeff Burman served on the Guild’s Board of Directors from 1992 to 2019. He is now retired. He can be reached at jeffrey.s.burman.57@gmail.com.

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