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Time for Change
Posted On: Mar 29, 2018

Time For Change

--Matthew Loeb,

International President, IATSE

For far too long women in our society have struggled for equality and a safe, harassment free workplace. Recent events and widely publicized instances of sexual harassment in the workplace have highlighted the need to deal with these matters here and now. It will take all of us to agitate for change and insist, as a matter of course, that women (and all people) are treated fairly.

This means a safe and secure work environment, but also focuses on gender pay equity, equal access to move up in careers and equal respect that creates the dignity inherent in real equality. Courageous women have made tremendous efforts and progress toward solving the many problems created by inequality, both in the workplace and society at large. Many courageous men have stepped up along the way.  However, it is now time for men to step up, own up and show up for the fight in a concerted and more meaningful way. We, as men, must insist on equal rights, equal pay, equal opportunity and equal protection. There can be no compromise to what is fair and right. The time has come for a full-on assault against all types of discrimination and men must be a central part of the solution. For a real cultural and societal change to occur we must lead by example and teach those who will come after us about fairness and dignity. We must teach our girls that they are leaders, powerful, essential and worthy. We must teach our boys about dignity, respect and equality. We must build ethical standards through examples of good deeds, forward thinking, action and behavior that models personal responsibility that can shape the future.  We must demand fairness and accept no less. The reasons to commit to this fight are not complicated. We can see injustice before our eyes. To look away makes us complicit in the act. Our mothers, wives, sisters, daughters and best friends are the heart and soul of this society. Humanity dictates that we, as men, be part of the solution. So, we must act to create equality and fairness that will ultimately benefit everyone, regardless of their gender. I, for one, as leader of this great union intend to continue to do just that. As in everything we gain it is our strength through solidarity that carries the day. Let’s lock arms Sisters and Brothers. Now is the time. For far too long women in our society have struggled for equality and a safe, harassment free workplace. Recent events and widely publicized instances of sexual harassment in the workplace have highlighted the need to deal with these matters here and now. It will take all of us to agitate for change and insist, as a matter of course, that women (and all people) are treated fairly.

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