After one term, John Lindley said he would not seek re-election as president of the International Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 600. He made his decision public today in the guild bulletin. His decision not to run comes before the next guild election. Lindley became president in March 2020 and will serve for another six months.
“At the National Executive Board meeting last weekend, I announced that I would not be running for a second term as National President,” he wrote. “I have had the privilege of working for the membership and with my fellow elected officers and professional staff. I believe the union is stronger when working members participate, and I have no doubts that the next generation of leaders is ready to step in. Leadership includes planning for the future and encouraging new voices to be heard. The work is demanding and the commitment is important, but the opportunity to shape the future of our industry and our local is meaningful to those willing to put in the time and energy while pursuing their careers.
“I will use the last six months of my tenure to advance the local initiatives that remain most important to me: safety, including security guards on all sets, mentoring, rides and rooms and a program. legislative directly related to health and safety. of our members. I also plan to continue the dialogue with members on all sides on complex issues of how we can encourage evidence-based discourse, engage in direct conversations, and then, with choices made, move forward in unity. and recognize and celebrate our progress. With the right group of elected leaders, our local is ready to take the next steps to continued success. Knowing that although the job is never done, the past two years have proven that our strength is matched only by our will and tenacity, and we will triumph in our fight for fair wages, better working conditions. safe, better health and a dignified retirement for all of our members.