Incumbent Steven Poster has fended off a challenge from Haskell Wexler for the presidency of the powerful Intl. Cinematographers Guild, which has seen hard-fought internal battles in recent years.
Poster garnered 57% support with 1,391 votes to 1,023 for Wexler, according to unofficial results released Saturday. He told Daily Variety that he was especially pleased with the relatively high turnout with about 40% of eligible members voting, and with the strong support shown for his running mates.
“The most important thing is that the membership has given us a mandate to focus on key areas — focusing on jobs, improving state subsidies, developing unity and regaining the respect that the ICG once had,” Poster said. “We tried taking the high road in the campaign. I think the message is that we need to stop all this terrible infighting.”
Poster stressed his efforts to institute training sessions in new technologies and leadership. He also asserted that he carries great respect for Wexler, a two-time Oscar winner, but asserted that Wexler wasn’t well-suited to the job of president.
In his campaign, Wexler accused the current leaders of the ICG of being intolerant of dissent and slow to respond to the sleep-deprivation issue. He also criticized the ICG’s parent union, the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, for being too accomodating to management and for being hostile to other Hollywood unions such as the Writers Guild of America.
Poster replaced ousted president Gary Dunham in August after Dunham was removed by the ICG board for exceeding his authority in opposing ratification of the IATSE Hollywood basic agreement.
Other winners in the election: National VP, Barry Wetcher; first national VP, incumbent Rusty Burrell; second national VP, John Toll; national secretary-treasurer, Alan M. Gitlin; national assistant secretary-treausrer, Bruce Mac Callum; and national sergeant at arms, Michael St. Hilaire.