IATSE president Thomas Short has issued a strong condemnation of the Hollywood blacklist following steps by a key local to remove blacklist language from the IA’s national constitution.
Short issued the statement after viewing the exhibit “Reds and Blacklists: Political Struggles in the Movie Industry” at the Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills.
“The IATSE deeply regrets the blacklisting days of Hollywood,” he said. “Our Union leadership and its members do not condone singling out of any individual on the basis of his or her political views. These dark days occurred better than 50 years ago and the justification of those activities are not a reflection of the attitudes or opinions of the IATSE.”
IATSE Local 600’s exec board voted earlier this year to appoint a committee to work up a resolution for the 2005 national convention to take out blacklist clauses in the constitution. A similar move at the union’s national convention failed last July following disagreements in committee over wording.
Local 600 Cinematographers Guild is one of the most powerful IA units, with more than 5,000 members.