Dejon Ellis Jr. was elected interim business manager of IATSE Grips Local 80 by a narrow margin of just 10 votes. Ellis, who served as the local’s assistant business officer, defeated Joel Galarza, the local’s vice president, by a vote of 178 to 168 at a virtual membership meeting on Sunday.
Ellis will fill the unexpired term of former business manager Thom Davis, who retired last month after serving in the role since 1998. Ellis and Galarza are set to square off again next month when the local elects officers for a full term of three years.
The election was as close as last year’s ratification vote on IATSE’s new film and television deal, which also passed by the narrowest margins, and only then due to the antiquated voting system. of IATSE – even though the majority of votes were against this. Members of five of the 13 West Coast locals covered by the pact reject it, including Grips Local 80’s. Ellis supported the contract and Galarza spoke out against it.
In the local’s other two provisional elections, Ted Mayer was elected to the executive board to fill the unexpired term of Michael Mendez, who resigned last month around the time he settled his sensational wrongful termination lawsuit. and sexual harassment against the local. And Troi Wilson was elected as interim administrator to fill the unexpired term of Fred Perdue, who has retired.
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