Effective February 14, 2020, IATSE Local 600 National President, Lewis Rothenberg has resigned after 8 months in office. Dejan Georgevich, ASC, who had been serving as Vice President of the Local, will assume the role of Interim National President until the Local’s National Executive Board convenes to elect a successor. The election must take place within 30 days of the resignation date, as dictated by the Guild’s Constitution and Bylaws. In an email statement to members, Rothenberg, said “I realize that my vision for this union, as to who runs it and how it should be run, is not fully aligned with some of our senior staff and National Officers. I ran for this office to bring change, unite us, and increase activism. Regretfully I do not feel that I will be able to accomplish this with the vast differences of philosophy of the leadership team.”
In turn, Local 600 issued the following statement: “Local 600 National Executive Officers regret the resignation of President Lewis Rothenberg, and we would like to express our appreciation for his leadership and service. We wish the best for him and his family. The Executive Leadership team reaffirms our commitment to working together in the best interests of our membership as we go through this transition of leadership.” A special National Membership Meeting of the Guild will be held on Saturday, March 7th. The single agenda item for the meeting will be to answer any questions surrounding the recent resignation of the national president. The meeting will be held in all three regions via the union’s internal video conference system in order to ensure transparency.
National Executive Director Rebecca Rhine stated, “I want to assure our members that all systems are in place to ensure a smooth transition. On behalf of myself and our staff, we thank President Rothenberg for his strong support of our work during his tenure. His commitment to members and the Local was long-standing and unwavering.”