Intl. Alliance of Theatrical & Stage Employees president Thomas C. Short has been elected as a VP of the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO, marking the first time in three decades that the below-the-line union has been repped on the council.
Move came a week after Short won re-election without opposition to a four-year term as IATSE chief. The AFL-CIO convention, which ran Monday through Wednesday, was marked by the refusal of the Teamsters and the Service Employees Intl. Union to participate in the confab due to deep differences over strategies.
The 43-member AFL-CIO council meets at least twice a year to consider policy issues.
“The IATSE is now in a position to make a significant contribution to the AFL-CIO specifically, and the labor movement as a whole, with this position on the Council,” Short said. “We, in the labor movement, are facing some of the greatest challenges in our history and it is critical for us to take a strong, aggressive and united stand if we are to survive.”
SAG prexy Melissa Gilbert was elected to a second four-year term on the council.