IATSE International President Matthew D. Loeb was re-elected by acclamation by the delegates to the union’s 69th Quadrennial Convention on Thursday.
Other incumbent officers, including General Secretary-Treasurer James B. Wood, 13 International Vice Presidents, three International Trustees, and one delegate to the Canadian Labour Congress, were also re-elected by acclamation to their posts.
The lack of opposing nominations indicates overwhelming support for the union’s leadership as it navigated and mitigated arguably the most difficult period in the union’s 128-year history, the COVID-19 pandemic.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the convention was held virtually for the first time, where delegates also overwhelmingly supported and passed, “the most progressive set of constitutional changes and resolutions in our union’s history,” as Loeb put it.
Loeb is credited with devising and implementing an aggressive organizing and bargaining strategy in the area of motion picture and television production. The policies laid the foundation for obtaining more than a thousand term agreements, the chartering of numerous new locals and the addition of thousands of new members, providing them with contract protections and health and retirement benefits for the first time.
Additionally, the delegation was addressed by an influential slate of guest speakers which included Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, US Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, Dr. Anita Hill and more.
Since being unanimously elected by the IATSE’s General Executive Board in 2008, President Loeb’s leadership has been transformative for the union behind entertainment. The union has grown substantially in membership under his leadership, even in this particularly challenging environment where most unions see declining member counts.