Who We Are The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 46, is a labor union, based in Nashville, TN, representing technicians in the entertainment industry, trade shows, television, and live events. We have served the Nashville area since 1897. What's New at I.A.T.S.E. 46
Dear Brothers & Sisters,
It is with a deep sense of sadness and regret that I must report to everyone the passing of brother
Ricky Burnett on September 18, 2020 after a long battle with cancer. Brother Burnett worked
throughout our industry for many years and was loved and respected by all who had the pleasure of
meeting him. Brother Burnett was an amazing forklift operator, stagehand and union brother who’s
resolve and caring was unmatched by anyone. He was always prepared to do any job asked of him
without complaints. His professionalism and patience will always be remembered by all brothers and
sisters of Local 46 for years to come. Ricky was initiated into Local 46 on August 8, 2001 and will be
missed by family and friends alike. New Generation Funeral Home has not confirmed his visitation
and funeral arrangements yet. Once this information is provided, we will let all of you know. Please
keep his son in your thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace brother, you were an amazing friend to all of us.
I.A.T.S.E. Local 46
Sisters, Brothers, Kin, and allies—
We are writing you with a critical action.
Due to the impact of COVID-19 on the 2020 general election, we want
to ensure that you are as informed as possible and make a plan to vote
on November 3, 2020.
By taking this pledge, you are making a commitment to help improve your community
and a promise to vote!
As a union member, taking the pledge is the first step in initiating legislative change to
strengthen unions and the rights of union members.
Taking the pledge can help boost the quality of collective bargaining rights, ensure
Congress passes much-needed stimulus relief and protect the future of the labor
movement and its workers.
1.) Will you vote by mail or in person?
2.) Will you vote early or on Election Day?
3.) Do you know how to register to vote by mail in your state (if necessary)?
4.) Do you know your polling location if you plan to vote in person, and how
you will get there?
Here’s the thing. While your ballot is secret and who you vote for is private,
whether or not you vote is public record, so don't be left out in 2020!
In Solidarity,Team IATSE
Tomorrow, on September 1st, venues in over 1,500 locations and cities across the United States will light up red as part of the #RedAlert Day of Action. We wanted to fill you in on our plan to participate so you can coordinate and prepare accordingly.
First, there will be a new letter writing campaign: Though the event was originally planned to support the RESTART Act, the Red Alert Day of Action is an opportunity for us to reiterate our worker-first priorities to congress. Accordingly, the International has created a fresh letter-writing campaign for behind-the-scenes workers and allies to participate in. The campaign can be accessed at iatse.co/redalert.
Second, there will be a social media campaign: The only way the Red Alert day of action is going to get any attention in the halls of congress is if the campaign goes viral on social media. There are a few ways to participate on social media:
- Share the letter-writing campaign on social media. Note: folks who send a letter will automatically be prompted to do this afterwards. Be sure to use the #WeMakeEvents and #ExtendPUA hashtags when you do!
- Post a red-tinted photo on social media. You can turn any photo red here: https://www11.lunapic.com/editor/?action=tint. We strongly encourage workers to post pictures of themselves working behind the scenes and explain why more government relief is necessary from their own perspectives. Bonus points if you make it your new profile picture! Again, be sure to use the #WeMakeEvents and #ExtendPUA hashtags.
- If you have access to lights that can easily be made red, post a picture of yourself at home with your red lighting! Again, be sure to use the #WeMakeEvents and #ExtendPUA hashtags when you do!
- Print out or post our the #RedAlert day of action flyer, which can be found by clicking here.
- On Twitter, tweet why federal aid and worker-first priorities are urgent for you, and tag your representatives in congress. Click here to see the full list of Senators’ and Representatives’ twitter handles.
Third, we are asking local unions to provide content for the International to lift up. If you or someone at your local has any exceptional content they would like to be featured on the IATSE social media accounts, please email it to email@example.com, or click here to download our new voices app to send us videos directly.
Finally, for locals engaging in an in-person action, please take extraordinary care for the safety of you and others. Everyone should be wearing masks, social distancing as much as possible, wearing proper footwear, and utilizing sunscreen if necessary.
Please let us know if you have any questions,
Labor Day Programming Kicks off Next Week!
We are so excited for our Labor Day 2020 programming to begin next week! We have a full lineup of events scheduled throughout the week, leading up to our Solidarity Giveback and the worker safety car caravan next weekend. View quick links to all events below, and check out our full schedule on our official Labor Day Calendar here.
Tues, 9/3, 5:30 pm: Labor 2020 Political Training
Wed, 9/4, 11:00 am: Webinar: Stories and Strategies for Faith and Labor (Hosted with Vanderbilt’s Wendland-Cook Program)
Thurs, 9/5: Virtual Film Screening: Love & Solidarity (with Introduction and Q&A with director Dr. Michael Honey)
Sat, 9/6, 10:00-12:00 am: Labor Day of Solidarity Community Giveback
Mon, 9/7, 1:00 pm: Statewide Caravan for Safe Return to Campus
Promotional Swag Needed from Local Unions and Orgs for Labor Day Giveaway Bags
For our Day of Solidarity Community Giveback next Saturday, 9/6, we need swag! We will be distributing giveaway bags to out of work brothers, sisters, and siblings that will include Kroger food cards, know-your-rights organizing literature, and other goodies, and we would love to include promotional products from any of our affiliate unions and community partners to help spread awareness and grow our movement. If you would like to coordinate having your group's swag included in our giveaway bags, please reply to this email, or contact Sam Petschulat at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-426-6671.
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