Thom Davis, the longtime leader of IATSE Local 80, announced on Sunday that he would step down at the end of the year, a local official said. Variety.
Davis, who had served as Commercial Director since 1998, was a strong supporter of the new IATSE Core Agreement, which was narrowly endorsed by the 13 West Coast IATSE Locals in a vote. unusually controversial last month. Members of Local 80 were strongly opposed to the deal, with 70% of members voting ‘no’.
Davis would have been re-elected for another three-year term next March, along with the rest of the Local 80 leadership team. Instead, he will step down on December 31st. He will continue to serve as the 2nd Vice President of the International Union, where he is a key part of the leadership team of International President Matthew Loeb.
Davis also chairs the California Film Commission and actively represents IATSE in Sacramento. He was the administrator of the film industry’s pension and health plans for almost 20 years and chairs the board of directors of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.
Local 80 represents approximately 3,900 grippers, rescuers and artisan service personnel. The vote on the contract was particularly heated in Local 80, where many members felt it was not doing enough to address quality of life issues. Opponents argued that union negotiators should have taken a more aggressive line, especially on the issue of reducing long filming hours.
Following the vote, members of Local 80 spoke openly about seeking new leadership in the upcoming election.
Davis has been a member of IATSE since 1977 and joined the Local 80 board of directors in 1984.
IATSE did not immediately respond to a request for comment.