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
Brother Tim Brown,
Passed away suddenly on January 27. Tim was a stagehand electrician with Local 46 for 40+ years. He worked alongside his dad, Art Brown, who preceded him in death, for many of those years. Tim was an avid golfer and shuffleboard player. He is survived by his mother, Wanda Brown, sister, Sharon Lavender (Tim), beloved nephews, T.I. (Amy) Lavender and Joey (Jessie) Lavender and great nieces and nephews Hailey, Lindsey, Ty, Chaney, Cade, and Sadie. Visitation with the family will be Monday February 1st from 5:00-7:00 pm at Hickory Chapel Funeral Home 5852 Nolensville Rd. Nashville Tn. 37211. A Celebration of Life service will follow the visitation.
Sisters, Brothers, Kin, & Allies —
Happy New Year to you and yours! We believe a key part of being an active union member
or ally is staying informed. To that end, the IATSE Communications Department is launching
a new weekly newsletter to keep you informed on all things IA.
In solidarity,Team IATSE
Dear Brothers & Sisters,
It is with a deep sense of sadness and regret that I must report to everyone the passing of brother Tillman Copeland, the morning of December 28, 2020, after a battle of cancer. Brother Copeland worked throughout our industry for many years and was loved and respected by all who had the pleasure of working alongside him. Brother Copeland was an amazing forklift operator, CDL driver, flyman, stagehand and brother whose personality was unmatched by any brother or sister. His professionalism and strong union beliefs will always be remembered by all brothers and sisters of Local 46 forever. Tillman was initiated into Local 46 on August 8, 1992 and will be greatly missed by family and friends alike. The thought of not working beside him on the dock or being his “walker” on large pieces of equipment hurts my heart tremendously. So many of us will never forget you Tillman, and the knowledge you passed on to us because we are only stronger and better as a team. Once arrangements are provided, we will let all of you know. Please place Debbie and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace brother Copeland, you were an amazing friend and brother who will never be forgotten by all of us who knew you.
I.A.T.S.E. Local 46
Sisters, Brothers, Kin —
We share in the heartbreak, frustration and anger surrounding
the tragic murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police. We stand in
solidarity with the African-American community as together
we grieve yet another lawless, racist killing in our country.
The principle that all people are equal and all people are deserving of
respect and fair treatment is a cornerstone of the labor movement. As a
labor union that represents Black members and people of color of all ethnicities,
we have an ethical duty to do everything we can to root out racism in our
communities, our homes, and our workplaces, once and for all.
While we are distraught, shaken and angered by the death of George Floyd, we
must all join in the conversation for advocacy, effective change, fairness and
justice for the African American community. We cannot sit and stay silent as
people mourn yet another member of our community, and only the memory of
the name be followed by the hashtag #ICantBreathe.
We must and will apply pressure across the board for systematic change to value
Black lives through full and unified equal protection under the law, public health,
medical care, education, housing, business development, and economic change and
equality. We are prepared to advocate for specific, necessary policy and legislation,
and we stand ready to lock arms with allies who are primarily focused on racial
justice and reform.
Although buildings are burning, a life has been taken, and we cannot lose sight
of the countless times our brothers and sisters of the African-American community
have been robbed of their lives by acts of injustice, racism and bigotry. Still, we
denounce violence and the destruction of property perpetrated by opportunists
who seek to take advantage of this painful moment for personal gains.
Additionally, it is absolutely unacceptable for the police to target reporters and
their crews with violence or arrest for doing their constitutionally protected jobs.
As people of conscience, it is each individual’s duty to keep the momentum
of the moment to evoke change by educating ourselves on the issues, speaking
to our local politicians, and getting involved with local social justice chapters.
Together, we must continue to peacefully protest for change, protest for
justice, protest for inclusivity, and protest for equality.
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