10:48am PT by Carolyn Giardina
Kimberly Butler-Gilkeson, Liz Pecos to Lead IATSE Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
The IATSE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee has elected its co-chairs, Kimberly Butler-Gilkeson, trustee of Local 764 (theatrical wardrobe); and Liz Pecos, president of Local 48 (stage and picture operators).
" Together, we hope to create a lasting framework for all IATSE members to be part of an equitable, inclusive and safe working environment and an actively anti-racist worker organization that represents all of their members to its fullest capability," said Butler-Gilkeson, who has served on Local 764’s social justice task force, BIPOC steering committee, and has attended the AFL-CIO’s Civil and Human Rights Conference.
Pecos additionally serves as vice president on the New Mexican Federation of Labor Executive Board and is political coordinator and women's committee coordinator for IATSE District 5. She is also the first female and first woman of color elected to the presidency of IATSE Local 480 , which represents motion picture and television production technicians in New Mexico.
Says Pecos: "I believe this year and the statement issued from our IATSE General Executive Board titled 'The Ground We Stand On' is a turning point for our union and I am proud and humbled to be a part of the shift towards effective change and upending systemic racism in the arts and entertainment industry.”