IATSE Equality Statement
The following Equality Statement was unanimously approved at the Winter
General Executive Board Meeting in Hollywood, Florida. It outlines the IATSE’s
commitment to creating an inclusive working environment where differences are
valued and equality is celebrated.
Equal rights are the cornerstone of the labor movement. Unions were founded on the
principle that all people are equal and all people are deserving of respect and
fair treatment. Equality issues run through all areas of trade union activities
– from health and safety to wage negotiations.
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) is committed to
equality of opportunity and to eliminating all forms of discrimination. We are opposed
to unlawful and unfair discrimination and oppression on the grounds of gender (including
transgender people), relationship or marital status, race or ethnicity, disability,
sexual orientation, age, language, background, political or religious beliefs, physical
appearance, pregnancy or responsibility for dependents.
We believe that equality for all is a basic human right and we actively oppose all
forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination. IATSE leaders and members must be vigilant
in working, both with each other and with our employers, to promote an equal and
welcoming environment for all people, through our actions, attitudes, and language.
The IATSE celebrates the diversity of society and is striving to promote and reflect
that diversity within this organization.