Shout out to Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 31 President Michael "Mac" McAnany for helping the Foo Fighters rickroll the Westboro Baptist Church this weekend outside the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.—that's him driving his pickup with Dave Grohl and a sound system! Thanks, brother!
This week’s “Throwback Thursday” feature takes us back to 1960 in an AFL-CIO film that goes backstage for a close look at the work the members of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) perform from “play in” to curtain up.
An epic tragedy is unfolding at the Metropolitan Opera, but the drama isn’t onstage. Six local unions of theInternational Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE)represent backstage employees at the Metropolitan Opera and they, along with the other Met Opera unions, are getting blamed for the Met’s growing financial crisis.
On Feb. 20, Sarah Jones, who was working as 2nd assistant camera on the film "Midnight Rider" in Jesup, Ga., died on a train trestle at the age of 27. Several other crew members were injured, some severely, as well. Her friends and supporters set up a Facebook page, Slates for Sarah, to honor her life and to raise awareness about safety on movie sets.
In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.
Sunday was the first outdoor, cold weather site Super Bowl in the game’s 48-year history. The frigid weather in the weeks leading up to the game didn't stop the thousands of union members who brought you the game. On the scene at MetLife Stadium in the New Jersey Meadowlands or behind the scenes at many facilities in the Metro New York-New Jersey area, union members made the nation’s national party day possible.
SAG-AFTRA honored outstanding motion picture and television performances at its annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremonies Jan. 18. Rita Moreno received the union's highest honor, the 50th Annual Life Achievement Award.
Here in the holiday season and stretching into the New Year, a lot of folks decide it’s a good time for a night at the theater or to take in a concert. A lot of us want to look for the union label, too. Here are some links that might help.