The 100th anniversary convention of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees exploded in a clash of fireworks in New York Tuesday, after a resolution was introduced to change the union’s delegate system to a one-person, one-vote method.
Union sources said the measure, which was soundly defeated, would have changed the union’s power structure, giving the West Coast locals vastly enhanced power.
The current charter allows each local one vote per charter, with additional votes added for every 50 members in that local, and so on. Union sources say that while the current system does not make allowances for a proper voting balance between the various crafts, the system proposed Tuesday would nonetheless have torn the alliance apart.
After the measure was proposed, there apparently was a lot of heated discussion and extensive rebuttal. The members then took a standing vote and defeated it.