Matt Loeb

International President 
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees

At the 66th Quadrennial Convention held in Orlando, Florida, International President Matthew D. Loeb was unanimously re-elected to his position. He has served as International President since July 31, 2008, when the IATSE General Executive Board unanimously elected him to fill the vacancy left upon the retirement of International President Emeritus Thomas C. Short.

President Loeb has been a member of the United Scenic Artists Local 829 since 1989, a member of Local 52 since 1996 and is a Charter Member of Local 491 (established in 1994). He became an International Representative in June of 1994. Mr. Loeb was also the IATSE’s first Division Director of Motion Picture and Television Production, appointed to that position upon the restructuring of the Alliance and the establishment of divisions. He was elected by the General Executive Board to the position of International Vice President in February of 2002 and at the 65th Convention in 2005. In addition, he served as Chairman of the East Coast Council for better than 14 years.

Mr. Loeb is credited with devising and implementing an aggressive organizing and bargaining strategy under the leadership of President Emeritus Short. The policies laid the foundation for obtaining more than a thousand term agreements, the chartering of numerous new locals and the addition of thousands of new members, providing them with meaningful health and retirement benefits for the first time.

President Loeb serves as the Co-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the IATSE National Benefit Funds (comprised of pension, health, annuity, 401k and vacation plans) and is a Director on the Board of the Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans. Mr. Loeb also serves and supports a number of industry entities that benefit IATSE members and their families, and the communities in which they live and work. He is Chairman of the Richard F. Walsh / Alfred W. DiTolla / Harold P. Spivak Foundation which sponsors academic scholarships for the children of IATSE members, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Actor's Fund, an Advisory Board member of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and is committed to supporting the viability and success of vital organizations such as the Motion Picture and Television Fund and Encore Community Services.

In addition to the day-to-day imperatives of organizing, bargaining and servicing the membership, President Loeb believes that active involvement in the political arena is an essential component in the overall plan to best represent IATSE members. He believes that supporting legislation and the politicians who make workers’ rights a priority and, specifically, the interests of workers in entertainment and related industries, is paramount in providing security to IATSE families. Mr. Loeb held the position of IATSE Political Action Committee Treasurer and is now its Chairman. He remains committed to active and aggressive participation in political matters on behalf of IATSE members.

On August 5, 2008, President Loeb was appointed to the AFL-CIO Executive Council, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of President Emeritus Short. Loeb’s appointment was approved at the opening session of the Council’s meeting at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.

President Loeb is dedicated to continuing to grow and strengthen the IATSE by staying abreast of technological changes, shifts in the labor market and industry trends. It is his belief that the IATSE must remain aggressive and evolve with industrial changes, stressing inclusive organizing policies, skilled and effective leadership and membership participation. He leads from the position that organizing is the lifeblood of the Union. Maintaining the IATSE’s position as the preeminent labor organization in its traditional crafts is contingent upon representing workers throughout the industry, with a unified and potent voice.

 

International President 
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees

At the 66th Quadrennial Convention held in Orlando, Florida, International President Matthew D. Loeb was unanimously re-elected to his position. He has served as International President since July 31, 2008, when the IATSE General Executive Board unanimously elected him to fill the vacancy left upon the retirement of International President Emeritus Thomas C. Short.

President Loeb has been a member of the United Scenic Artists Local 829 since 1989, a member of Local 52 since 1996 and is a Charter Member of Local 491 (established in 1994). He became an International Representative in June of 1994. Mr. Loeb was also the IATSE’s first Division Director of Motion Picture and Television Production, appointed to that position upon the restructuring of the Alliance and the establishment of divisions. He was elected by the General Executive Board to the position of International Vice President in February of 2002 and at the 65th Convention in 2005. In addition, he served as Chairman of the East Coast Council for better than 14 years.

Mr. Loeb is credited with devising and implementing an aggressive organizing and bargaining strategy under the leadership of President Emeritus Short. The policies laid the foundation for obtaining more than a thousand term agreements, the chartering of numerous new locals and the addition of thousands of new members, providing them with meaningful health and retirement benefits for the first time.

President Loeb serves as the Co-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the IATSE National Benefit Funds (comprised of pension, health, annuity, 401k and vacation plans) and is a Director on the Board of the Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans. Mr. Loeb also serves and supports a number of industry entities that benefit IATSE members and their families, and the communities in which they live and work. He is Chairman of the Richard F. Walsh / Alfred W. DiTolla / Harold P. Spivak Foundation which sponsors academic scholarships for the children of IATSE members, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Actor's Fund, an Advisory Board member of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and is committed to supporting the viability and success of vital organizations such as the Motion Picture and Television Fund and Encore Community Services.

In addition to the day-to-day imperatives of organizing, bargaining and servicing the membership, President Loeb believes that active involvement in the political arena is an essential component in the overall plan to best represent IATSE members. He believes that supporting legislation and the politicians who make workers’ rights a priority and, specifically, the interests of workers in entertainment and related industries, is paramount in providing security to IATSE families. Mr. Loeb held the position of IATSE Political Action Committee Treasurer and is now its Chairman. He remains committed to active and aggressive participation in political matters on behalf of IATSE members.

On August 5, 2008, President Loeb was appointed to the AFL-CIO Executive Council, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of President Emeritus Short. Loeb’s appointment was approved at the opening session of the Council’s meeting at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.

President Loeb is dedicated to continuing to grow and strengthen the IATSE by staying abreast of technological changes, shifts in the labor market and industry trends. It is his belief that the IATSE must remain aggressive and evolve with industrial changes, stressing inclusive organizing policies, skilled and effective leadership and membership participation. He leads from the position that organizing is the lifeblood of the Union. Maintaining the IATSE’s position as the preeminent labor organization in its traditional crafts is contingent upon representing workers throughout the industry, with a unified and potent voice.

 

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