Thom Davis, one of Hollywood’s longest-serving IATSE executives, announced Sunday that he will step down effective Dec. 31 as business manager of Grips Local 80, a position he has held since 1998.
He made the announcement at the general membership meeting of the 3,900-member local. Davis is also the 2nd International Vice President of IATSE – the parent union’s fourth officer.
A member of IATSE since 1977, Davis became a member of the Local 80 Board of Directors in 1984, serving as Vice President from 1992 to 1998. During this time he was also hired as an organizer for local, and in 1998 was elected business manager – the local’s highest ranking officer. Last year in that position, he earned $152,048, according to financial statements filed with the Department of Labor.
Davis, who was facing multiple impeachment charges filed by members over his performances in office, had grown increasingly unpopular with his members ahead of the narrow ratification last month of the new film and television contract of the IATSE. Members of five of IATSE’s 13 local West Coast studios – including Local 80 – voted to reject the contract. Davis was a strong supporter of the contract, but his members voted overwhelmingly against it – 1,828 to 788.
Local 80 will hold its next regular leadership election in April, when Davis’ permanent successor will be elected.
The local’s constitution states that “If a position becomes vacant, for any reason, the general members shall be immediately notified in writing and a nominating meeting and election by secret ballot to fill the vacancy will take place at the next regularly scheduled general meeting. assembly of members.
The rules and procedures governing such election, to the extent that they differ from the rules and procedures governing elections regularly held, shall be determined by the Executive Council and all members in good standing shall be notified in writing at least 15 days prior to the election by secret ballot. This elected officer remains in office until the next regular election.