Hollywood has long been an ATM for Democratic candidates and Hollywood unions are a pretty sure bet for endorsements — and that’s exactly what Hillary Clinton got today from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.
“Hillary Clinton is the only candidate that reached out to discuss issues affecting members of the IATSE,” said IATSE International President Matthew Loeb of the former Secretary of State just weeks before the Iowa caucus. Clinton is running behind challenger Sen. Bernie Sanders heading towards the February 1 first vote of the 2016 primary season. “She spent her valuable time discussing our unique issues and challenges with me, demonstrating not just her support of workers in general, but also that she is concerned with the well-being of members of the IATSE.”
The 125,000 member strong union’s General Executive Board voted to back Clinton in what was an unanimous show of hands, so to speak, on January 11. Not that the backing of the ex-NY Senator is any surprise — last July, IATSE put out a statement applauding Clinton for “calling out companies that misclassified workers as independent contractors.” A not-uncommon occurrence in Hollywood, such classifications affect the union’s membership directly often. IATSE backed Barack Obama in 2008 and in 2012, as did the AFL-CIO.