Local 706 - The Artisan

Spring 2016

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4 PRESIDENT FROM THE PRESIDENT LOCAL LOCAL BUSINESS REPORT FROM THE SECRETARY-TREASURER LETTERS LETTERS TO THE ARTISAN EVENTS CALENDAR OF EVENTS THEATER THEATER NEWS NEWS EXTENDED FAMILY NEWS LOOKS LAST LOOKS NEWS HEALTH AND WELFARE NEWS CREW CREW SHOTS CREDITS PHOTO CREDITS HIGHLIGHTS HIGHLIGHTS AND SHADOWS EDUCATION EDUCATION GUILD GUILD NEWS There are some wonderful new changes in the diversity of the IATSE. Our own Local 706 has been a beautiful kaleidoscope of every ethnicity for several decades. In the 1970s, when women make-up artists and male hair stylists first joined, the first in both classifications were African-Americans (Bernadine Anderson and Robert L. Stevenson), joined by Latinos and Asians. But for many years, the majority of make-up artists were men, and the majority of hair stylists were women. Gradually in the 1980s and '90s, the proportions began to change. Unlike when some of us were inquiring how to join the union and were turned away because we were the wrong gender, the world opened up and the possibilities of working in the entertainment industry became open to all. It was no longer just the "old boys club." What started out as a few female friends having dinner together at the General Executive Board (GEB) Meetings, grew exponentially. Word spread that this was a wonderful way to network, to communicate with other women in the IA and share the challenges we face as labor unions. Over the years, it has evolved not only into a major event, but in June 2015, International President Loeb officially created the IATSE Women's Committee. The creation of the com- mittee breathed life into this dynamic group of women and provided a forum for our collective voice. Now, the task is to expand the reach of networking opportunities and useful information to our sisters who cannot attend the semiannual GEB Meetings. So we bring you the first in a series of newsletters designed to reach out to all women (and men) within the IA, to share stories, recommend articles and profile and honor women who are trailblazers within the IA and its diverse crafts throughout the United States and Canada. We endeavor to broaden the sense of community for which we have laid the foundation, to form a connection to make us stronger together. The IATSE Women's Committee invites you to join us and subscribe to Connection. This change in the culture of the IA is in no way meant to discourage the men. It is simply to give more of a voice to the women who have so long stayed in the background. Our unequal wage scales of make-up and hair were originally based upon gender—that was 1937. Today, we are working toward correcting this archaic thinking, but the AMPTP and the television networks refuse to monetarily acknowledge the equal value of both crafts. According to a New York Times article, "And there was substantial evidence that employers placed a lower value on work done by women. It's not that women are always picking lesser things in terms of skill and importance, it's just that the employers are deciding to pay it less." However, as the work is returning to California (San Francisco is now busier than it's been in a very long time), it is also imperative that this equality is based on skills and abilities as well. Film, television and theatrical skills for hair and make-up are dramatically and mandatorily different than wedding and editorial work. If you don't have the skills to become a journeyman, you have plenty of opportunities within our Local—we have huge amounts of education. Lack of motivation to improve and update skills is not what our forebears envisioned. It would not have been accept- able to be unable to lay a bald cap or croquignole a curl, lay a moustache or wrap a head properly for wig application. The value of the new IATSE Women's Committee will be the open lines of communication between sisters and brothers of the IA to share more information, to learn how accomplish- ments in equalizing pay (and benefits) have been achieved across the United States and Canada. The inaugural issue of Connection is available online (only). An email has been sent out to all members so you can follow the link to subscribe. SuSan Cabral-EbErt President Supervising Editor JEff angEll Contributing Writers SuSan Cabral-EbErt tommy ColE randy SayEr Publisher InglEdodd mEdIa Office Manager Kathy SaIn Mailing List Manager dIanE burnS The Artisan is published quarterly by Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists, I.A.T.S.E. Local 706, 828 No. Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505 Phone (818) 295-3933. Fax 818-295-3930 All editorial and photo submissions should be sent to email address: susan@ialocal706.org Advertising: IngleDodd Media (310) 207-4410 muahs@IngleDodd.com www.IngleDoddMedia.com Officers of I.A.T.S.E. Local 706 President Susan Cabral-Ebert Vice President Julie Socash Recording Secretary Vanessa Dionne Secretary-Treasurer John E. Jackson Sergeant-at-Arms Barbara Dally Business Representative Tommy Cole Official Magazine of Hollywood Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists. Published in the Interest of ALL the Members of Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists I.A.T.S.E. Local 706

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