Marjo Bernay Dies: Trailblazing IATSE Leader was 79

Labor News, Industry News

Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by David Robb on January 4, 2021.

Marjo Bernay, the trailblazing labor leader and feminist activist who once led three Los Angeles-based IATSE locals and served on the board of another, died Sunday of heart disease. She was 79.

During her more than 40 years in the labor movement, she was the business agent of Illustrators & Matte Artists Local 790, and Set Designers & Model Makers Local 847 from 1979 until they merged with the Art Directors Guild in 2008. She also had been the business agent of Story Analysts Local 854 until it merged with the Editors Guild in 2000. Until her retirement in 2013, she served as the Art Directors Guild’s manager of awards and events, as a trustee of its Set Designers Council and as a member of the board of directors. She retired from the guild in 2013. …

Deadline Hollywood 1/4

About Jeffrey Burman 861 Articles
Jeff Burman served on the Guild’s Board of Directors from 1992 to 2019. He is now retired. He can be reached at