Friday, July 26, 2013

IA Convention Travel Day

Today is Exit Boston day, and I don't know how much blogging I'm going to get done. But here's the skinny on yesterday's session: ...

IATSE President Loeb and the entire slate of IA officers were nominated without opposition, and so by "white ballot" commence new four-year terms:

International President Matthew D. Loeb was re-elected by acclamation this morning to serve another four-year term in the position he has held since 2008. The vote came during the last session of the IATSE’s 67th Quadrennial Convention being held here for the past week at the Boston Sheraton Hotel. Over 800 delegates from nearly 400 locals in the U.S. and Canada contributed to the unanimous and vocal support for President Loeb and the General Executive Board, which was also re-elected. Loeb and his slate, known popularly as “Matt’s Team,” ran unopposed.

In addition to General Secretary-Treasurer James Wood, the slate includes 13 International Vice Presidents, three trustees, and the delegate to the Canadian Labor Congress. During the last four years, Loeb has engineered successful organizing drives across the seven departments of the IA, increased training and emphasized the importance of safer working conditions, led the membership in supporting labor-friendly political candidates, and opened lines of communication through social media.

This isn't unusual for most of the IA conventions I've attended over the years. Sometimes there are contested offices inside the International, but most times not. (You would have to go back decades to find a real electoral brawl at one of the conventions. I haven't seen it in the time I've been a delegate, but then I'm green and inexperienced in these matters.)

We wrap up later today, then conventioneers begin traveling home.


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