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
Last week, our movement sent a strong statement to Tennessee legislators with our Workers First Caravan for Racial & Economic Justice.
Over 70 cars circled the capitol building in Nashville, and caravans also convened in Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Johnson City demanding that lawmakers put workers first and stand up for racial and economic justice for Tennessee’s working families. Programming also included a webinar on the continuing fight for safe and equitable workplaces and a live stream of our caravan from the Nashville capitol. We thank every union member and community supporter who made these events so successful, and look forward to continuing this struggle together. When we organize, we win!
View recordings of last week's webinars on Racial Justice and the Labor Movement.
Our president, Vonda McDaniel, spoke at two webinars last week focusing on leadership, racial justice, and organizing within the labor movement. Last Thursday, President McDaniel spoke at the AFL-CIO's The Beauty and Burden of Leadership: A Roundtable Conversation With Women of Color. Check out our Facebook page for a link to this webinar soon. Last Friday, President McDaniel hosted Labor and Black Struggle in the South with labor writer and activist Bill Fletcher, Jr, CWA Sector Vice-President Margaret Cook, and Charlotte, NC City Council Member Braxton Winston (view recording here). These events discussed the historically unique position women and workers of color have held in advancing reforms, uplifting voices of underrepresented communities, and advancing the black freedom struggle as part of the labor movement. We urge our members to take a moment to listen to these important conversations as we continue to reflect on building a equitable and empowering labor movement.
Central Labor Council of Nashville & Middle TN
Sisters, Brothers, Kin —
America faces a crisis on three critical fronts: a public health pandemic, an economic free fall and long-standing structural racism.
As America’s labor movement, we must urgently address all three with precision and purpose. They cannot be fixed separately.
This is why we are coming together nationwide as working people on June 17 in a “Workers First Caravan for Racial and Economic Justice”—to demand Congress pass the HEROES Act and address police reforms that are urgently needed.
Addressing racism is a labor issue because it is a workplace issue. It's a community issue, and unions are our communities. We must and will continue to fight to address issues of racial and economic inequality and win reforms in policing on June 17 and beyond.
P.S. If you participate in a Workers First Caravan for Racial and Economic Justice, please submit photos, videos, or written stories to email@example.com to be featured on our social media.
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.
Sisters, Brothers, Kin,
Presented by popular demand, based on the training presented at the IATSE mid-Winter General Executive Board Meeting in Dallas, TX – NOW A WEBINAR hosted by the IATSE Education & Training Department:
The Impact of Elections on Labor Law, Unions, and Their Members
When we elect a President, we empower an entire Administration with an agenda that will have consequences for the health, work, and security of ourselves and our Union for years to come.
Presidential appointments to government agencies oversee unions, their members, and their employers. The Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation have directly impacted the lives of working people in the past and will continue to do so in the future.
Inform yourself. Find out who is in charge, learn about the changes they’ve implemented since the 2016 election, and understand what their future agendas will bring.
This Webinar is free and open to all IATSE Members, Family, & Friends
When: June 12, 2020
1:00 – 3:00 PM (Eastern Time) 12:00 – 2:00 PM (Central Time) 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (Mountain Time) 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Pacific Time)
Sisters, Brothers, Kin, and Allies,
As congress proposes new legislation to tackle the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, we must act quickly to ensure that any new legislation puts workers first.
That Includes provisions that preserve our access to quality healthcare, protect our hard-earned pensions, and fix the broken state unemployment systems that are delaying access to critical financial assistance to millions of working families.
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