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Members of IATSE Local 632 preparing for a labor walk on behalf of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy in September 2017: left to right, Austin DiBernard, Jake Sofoka, Local 632 President Kevin O’Brien, Phil Murphy, Katherine Putnam, and Local 632 Executive Board Member Larry Borkowski. (Photo: IATSE).

Stage employees union endorses Murphy

By David Wildstein, August 11 2021 11:54 am

Gov. Phil Murphy has picked up the endorsement of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) as he seeks re-election to a second term.

The union, which represents behind-the-scenes employees for live television, live theater and film in New Jersey and New York, praised Murphy’s help during the COVID-19 pandemic, when may of these jobs shut down.  Murphy, the union said, has championed union jobs through the expansion of the state’s film tax credit.

“Governor Murphy is a leader that our members and families truly believe in,” said James J. Claffey, Jr., the IATSE International Vice President.  “He has been there for all of us in these difficult times and proven to be a champion for the working people of New Jersey.”

The union backed Murphy for Governor four years ago.

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