A Message from our Business Agent- Thank You for the Rally

Hello Everyone,

First let me say WOW! I’m so honored and thankful for our members and officers that participated in our Red Alert Restart Rally. We walked those streets with pride and dignity. We showed everyone that we truly care about what we do in the entertainment world…Our world.

 We came together because of something terrible that’s devastated our industry and hurt us all. On September 1st when I saw everyone standing together supporting each other, I have never been so proud of our union as I was that day. It’s given me a tremendous amount of hope and shown me how how strong we are together. My motto has always been “In Union there is STRENGTH” and that day proved it 100%. Thank you again to everyone for caring and being part of our proud IATSE Local 23 history. 


Charles Ryan
Business Agent  IATSE Local 23 RI
Dunkin Donuts Center Dept. Head/Steward

In Union There Is Strength 

A message from our President:

What an unbelievable gig! 

There are so many people to thank for this. I’ll start first and foremost with our local’s officers and members, as well as anyone who has ever been represented by IATSE Local 23. We lit the fire and others came. We showed up proud and strong!

Thank you to our friends from the other IATSE Locals. You all know who you are, we know who you are, and from what we saw last night, we all know how great we can make IATSE District 3 if we stick tight together.

Thank you Colleen Glynn for your advice coming from both an IATSE Local 11 perspective as well as at the International level. There’s no way I would’ve been able to pull off a long speech and include most of the IATSE’s legislative agenda without her shouting at me the night before that I could do it. 

Thank you George Nee and Pat Conley of the RI AFL-CIO and thank you to all of the other RI unions who showed up to march or help us. Local 23 might have lit the fire, but these folks poured on the gasoline! George always knows the right move, and Pat was electrifying in front of our crowd. After Pat’s speech, I’m positive more of our people will want to get more involved in advocating for labor.

I apologize for being so long winded, but I can’t stop thanking people there. We’re only at intermission. It took so many people to pull this off.

Thank you Senator Jack Reed, Congressman David Cicilline, and General Treasurer Seth Magaziner for speaking at our event. Just by showing up, they already helped lift us up by bringing us recognition. I’m confident they will all continue to fight the good fight for our people and our Industry, and we’ll do our best to support you too.

Thank you to Lizzie H. Araujo  from the City of Providence. Anyone who has had the pleasure of working with Lizzie, and it seems everyone has, knows how kind and helpful she is. If City Hall was backstage, Lizzie would be a Broadway stage manager for sure. Thank you to Chief Hugh Clements and the Providence Police Department for paving the route of our rally.

Thank you to our largest Employers for playing such a huge part in the success of our movement. Lynn Singleton, Alan Chille, and P.J. Prokop from PPAC as well as Dan Schwartz at the VETS got behind us in more ways than I can list. Larry Lepore helped us immensely by giving us the full run of the Dunk.

Thank you to WeMakeEvents for organizing such a successful National campaign. It was very short notice but it still got done.  Todd Gerrish from Port did a great job quarterbacking for New England and Bill Murray from ATR pulled a ton of deals together around the State to help light it up. Pat Adam from HO was there for us as always to add some real punch to the light show.

Thank you to all the other Vendors in Rhode Island. They donated their time, their expertise, their gear, and their manpower. The lighting, sound, and video sent our message across the nation. It was awesome to see all the people in our industry working together for a common cause. There was definitely a feeling of comradery in the air, and there was mutual respect among stagehands from all different companies. Everyone helping production behaved in a professional manner and represented our craft extremely well.

I’m hopeful we can all build on this experience. I didn’t think so before, but I do now; I think there is a real possibility that someday all the boots on the ground in Rhode Island might join forces. The stagehands, the AV techs, the riggers, the corporate types, the rock and rollers and all the other groups working in our industry who haven’t yet been represented by the IATSE are all one step closer to understanding that if they can show up and work together like we did on September 1st, then we can all earn better wages, better benefits, and even more respect for our craft.

In solidarity,

Billy Brackett

President, IATSE Local 23

IATSE 23 is Marching for Workers!

On Tuesday, September 1st, IATSE Local 23, as a part of the international #WeMakeEvents grassroots movement, will be holding a March for Workers to demonstrate the Entertainment Industry’s need for economic support during this global crisis. We will be meeting on the corner of Pine and Richmond streets at 6pm, and ending on the front steps of the Dunkin Donuts Center. We invite all who support the arts and the American Worker to join us in this walk.

Please bring signs showing your support, and feel free to wear IATSE 23 shirts, or the shirt from your favorite concert, show or arts organization. 

*Please wear a mask! We will be strictly following the CDC COVID-19 guidelines*

Thank you for your continued support, and hope to see you all tomorrow.

Volunteer to Help Us! #RedAlertRESTART Providence

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We need labor help and resource help to Light Providence RED on Tuesday September 1st, to call attention to the plight of the Live Events Industry since the shutdown in March.

#WeMakeEvents #RedAlertRESTART September 1, 2020

Local 23 is going to LIGHT PROVIDENCE RED

#WeMakeEvents #RedAlertRESTART and #ExtendPUA represent a major call to action on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, imploring the US Congress to pass the RESTART Act (S.3814) as quickly as possible, offering economic relief to the Live Events Industry, which has been shuttered since March 2020, putting millions of people out of work. Additionally, the movement is to support ExtendPUA.org in their efforts towards continuation and extension of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance to provide relief to those without work due to COVID-19.

The new date is September 1, 2020, when buildings, structures, and residences will be lit in red from 9 pm – 12 am (local time in each market) as the event rolls across North America. The goal to raise public awareness that the Live Events Industry is on Red Alert for its very survival, and create congressional pressure to act now.

As theaters, concert tours, festivals, opera houses, trade shows, and other live events as well as film and television production remain closed, or open on a very limited basis, the entire industry is impacted, from designers, technicians, programmers, and stagehands to rental shops, manufacturers, and distributors of entertainment technology. The first industry to close last March, Live Events could be the last sector to re-open due to the COVID-19 crisis.

For information about joining the event and lighting your building red, please contact: 


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