Will serve four-year term at below-the-line union

Matthew Loeb has been reelected to a four-year term as president of the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the union that reps more than 110,000 below-the-line showbiz employees.

IATSE made the announcement Friday at the conclusion of its convention in Orlando, Fla. It noted that Loeb ran unopposed and was reelected by acclamation, as were James B. Wood as general secretary-treasurer and the entire general executive board, consisting of 13 VPs, as well as three international trustees.

Loeb succeeded longtime IATSE topper Thomas C. Short a year ago, after the latter stepped down with a year remaining on a four-year term. Loeb had been division director of motion picture and television production for the past decade.

Loeb stressed during the convention that the major issues for the union are digital piracy and healthcare reform, the union said in its announcement Friday.

Guest speakers at the convention included DGA national exec director Jay Roth, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) and Janet Conner of the AFL-CIO.

Under Short’s 14-year tenure, IATSE launched talks well in advance of the contract expiration — based on the strategy that companies are willing to agree to the most favorable terms in exchange for the guarantee of labor peace through an early deal.

It began talks with the showbiz companies in April 2008, over the West Coast contract — 15 months ahead of expiration — and reached a tentative deal in November. That three-year deal went into effect Saturday.

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