Local 706 - The Artisan

Summer 2024

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6 • THE ARTISAN SUMMER 2024 By the time you read this article, two years would have passed since I took office as the first female Asian-American Business Representative since Local 706's Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild was chartered in 1937. It's hard to believe that it took 85 years to come into and embrace the new century. Oh, wait a moment … that was 24 years ago! Better late than never, they say (whoever "they" are). We need to remember that change is slow, change is painful, and change is necessary for us to thrive in the entertainment industry today. The cost of living has gone up, gasoline prices are near an all-time high, and then there's the WGA and SAG-AFTRA work stoppage. One's ability to provide for yourself and your family has driven some members to early retirement, to change their careers, to move out of the area, and/or even out of the state. • • • We need the work to return NOW— we are presently in the fight for our lives!! • • • The Hollywood 13 locals have all gone through their Basic Agreements with the AMPTP. And they have ALL reached tentative agreements. Nobody received everything they asked for, nor did any local get absolutely nothing. The heads of the locals have made history by a support of solidarity and an incredible amount of prepping and direction from President Matthew Loeb, Vice President/Director of the West Coast Office Mike Miller, the support of the IATSE Communication Departments on each coast, the International Rep., the Table Teams, the Negotiation Committees, the Contract Action Teams (CAT), and the members of each local. The one thing the work stoppage and/or the pandemic has taught us, is that "Life is too precious not to live it to its fullest potential." Here are five things that money can't buy and may lead you to a fuller and happier life. ◊ True Friendship – Hard to come by, incredible to have. They say 3-5 true friends are considered optimal (once again, who are "they"?). Friendships enrich our lives on every level, contributing to our self-esteem, happiness, and a sense of purpose. That's why we sometimes feel sadness when we leave a project or show … we miss our friends and the camaraderie. ◊ Health – Natural health is not so easy to come by when we work long days; get short sleep; eat poorly; have no exercise; and don't spend enough time with family and/or friends. Thank goodness we can earn health insurance, collect a pension when we retire, have an IAP (individual account plan), and have better and safer working conditions due to the hard work of the negotiation teams and the IATSE. ◊ Time – In our younger days as children, time seemed to move slowly, and we had no cares in the world. But, as we all know, time now moves too quickly. "If only there were more hours in a day," I've heard members say. We need to utilize every moment in every day to the best of our ability. We never know how much time we truly have to smell the flowers, laugh with our parents and/or children, or even to run barefoot through the grass, in the warm sunshine of a summer's day. ◊ Love – Start with yourself, be kind and loving to yourself. Embrace and cherish those you love and those who love you. Love is irreplaceable, priceless, and never forgotten. ◊ Talents – Skill and talent develop over time. Some are faster/ slower in acquiring skill and talent, but the one thing that is true—practice, perseverance, and patience—are key to your success in honing your talent. That's where education to learn new skills and make previous skills even stronger. "In today's world of rapid change, everyone must be a lifelong student." -President Matthew Loeb, IATSE We are looking to get a signed contract before the expiration date of July 31, 2024. "OUR GOAL IS A SIGNED CONTRACT." (No more, no less) In Solidarity and Unity always, Karen J. Westerfield LOCAL PERSPECTIVE by Karen J. Westerfield Business Representative, I.A.T.S.E. Local 706 Karen Blynder, MU; Geneva Nash-Morgan, MU; Vivian Maxwell, MU; Renee Vaca, HS; Polly Lucke, HS; Raissa Patton, HS; Julie Socash, MU; Tym Buacharern, MU; Leslie Devlin, MU; Patrice Madrigal, MU; Karen J. Westerfield, MU; along with Local 706 Counsel and the IATSE West Coast Office. IATSE Local 706 MUAHS Guild reaches a tentative agreement on March 27, 2024. A heartfelt thank you and appreciation to the Negotiation Committee team members:

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