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Concurrent to a 36-plus year career as a camera assistant and later as a crane operator and technician on a wide variety of films, TV shows and commercials, John Cambria found multiple opportunities to help organize workers before becoming a Business Rep at Local 600. In the late 1970s, John was a shop steward for Teamsters Local 817 at Camera Service Center in New York. He joined the International Photographers Guild, Local 644 in 1981. After 15 years in New York as a camera assistant, John moved to Wilmington, NC, where he helped organize shows while being in constant communication with Local 644. In 1995, when the three unions merged, John and his wife, an IA costumer, moved to Los Angeles. A few weekends a month, John can be found volunteering at the MPTF.
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Michael Chambliss has been a Business Rep for Local 600 since 2012, with a special focus on new technology and workflows. His first union experience was as a United Steelworkers member while working his way through school. Michael began shooting commercials and industrials, earned a Peabody Award as a documentary Director/DP, and started Chambliss-Wolff Films, an Atlanta-based commercial production company that grew to include three stages, and “The Camera Department,” an ARRI rental house. Joining Local 644 as a Director of Photography in 1992, he continued to shoot commercials and smaller features, while also working as a camera operator on studio films and TV series. Active in digital imaging issues since the days of Windows 3.51 and Apple System 7, Michael has been part of patented workflow developments and is an active voice for the Local on technical committees and with professional groups.
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In October 2008, Xiomara joined the staff of Local 600 as a Business Rep after a 20-year career as a Camera Assistant. In late 2015, she was appointed the first National Diversity Officer. In addition to enforcing contracts and serving the membership, Xiomara works alongside the diversity committee and women’s groups to increase awareness and promote inclusion and access within the membership and the industry. Under her watch, Local 600 has implemented negotiating seminars for women, Unconscious Bias training for the Local 600 Board, and has various collaborations with numerous organizations including the PGA, Hollywood CPR, Canon, and Tiffen. Xiomara is particularly interested in expanding access and opportunities for future cinematographers and camera persons. She covers productions in the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, and the San Francisco Bay area and assists with internal trials. Xiomara is mother to 2 toddlers, and is an avid runner and tennis player.
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Patrick Delaney has been a Business Rep for Local 600 since the Summer of 2011. Geographically, he covers areas from Hollywood, east and northeast, up to and including the State of New Mexico. Within the Greater LA area, Patrick is our Representative for shows shooting on the Paramount Lot, Raleigh Studios Hollywood, The Lot, and Los Angeles Center Studios, as well as being the primary point of contact for work in the genre of Reality Television. Prior to joining us, Patrick spent six years working in entertainment payroll, audit, and labor relations, where he developed a detailed working knowledge of industry contracts and negotiating methodologies, and established good relationships with decision makers on both labor and management sides of the table. Patrick is a Los Angeles native, with uncanny powers of vocal projection. Ask him about his Marlon Brando impression (if you dare).
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Born and raised in Los Angeles, Vincent Mata enlisted in the US Navy at the age of 17. After joining IATSE Local 695 in 1980, Vincent worked at Disney studios building special effects projectors and Circle-Vision 360º underwater camera and helicopter housings for Epcot and Tokyo Disneyland. During this time, he was also shop steward. From 1985 to 1989, Vincent worked at MGM studios working in Optical Effects and rebuilding the 65MM MGM optical printer for IMAX films. He also served as shop steward at MGM. Joining Local 659, he began working as a film loader in 1990 and progressed to 2nd AC and 1st AC on many TV productions and major motion pictures. Vincent served on Local 600’s NEB for 16 years before becoming a Business Rep in 2007. He is also the Western Region Safety Officer and represents members working at Disney, Paramount, and Raleigh Hollywood Studios.
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Maria has worked over 20 years in the union and entertainment industry. Prior to Local 600, she worked as a business representative at SAG-AFTRA, and as a field representative at the DGA. Of her first months working at Local 600, Maria says, “I learned all different levels that exist within the camera department, and can honestly say that I have absolute, unconditional respect for each Local 600 member, and will do what I can, when I can, to ensure their issues and questions are resolved – they are my family now and I need to protect them.” It is her determination and no-nonsense attitude that lead members to trust in her to get the job done. The daughter of a teacher and a mason, Maria has plenty of union involvement in her family (her brother works for Local 1014 representing Los Angeles County Firefighters). Maria, who has been working since the age of 16, says the entertainment industry is her first love and is described by her peers as someone who likes to help others.
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Dave Twedell, who handles representation of Local 600's TV station employees and publicists, comes from a union family -- his father and his grandfather were both International Vice Presidents of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters Union. Born in Dallas, Texas, Dave went to the University of Texas, earning a BA degree in 1974, and a JD degree in 1977. Upon graduation from law school, Dave took his first job as General Counsel to Meat Cutters Local 540 in Dallas. Three years later, he moved up to the International, where he served as Assistant Regional Director until 1984. Dave went into private law practice at that point, concentrating on employment law. By 1987 Dave became State Counsel to the Texas Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police. He moved to California in 1999 to accept work with the Service Employees International Union in San Francisco. In 2002 he moved to Los Angeles and worked for AFTRA for three years. He was making a living as an independent labor consultant before joining Local 600 in October of 2008.
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John Amman is a Business Representative in the ICG New York Office. He handles all manner of contracts for the local, but specializes in Commercials, multicamera TV specials, and other non-theatrical productions. This includes negotiating and administering live television event agreements and organizing this area of work. John also represents ICG on the New York Production Alliance, an industry working group, and has been involved in lobbying efforts on behalf of the film/TV industry in New York. John started with IATSE Local 644 in 1990, so has been with ICG Local 600 since before its inception. He has an MS in Collective Bargaining from the NY State School of Industrial Labor Relations, Cornell University. John is the author of articles on labor relations in the film and television industry. He has also contributed to books about the link between the high tech and entertainment industries.
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David Blake graduated from American University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. From 1978-1981, he worked on the camera floor at General Camera/PV-NY as a camera prep technician. During that time, David was able to get familiar with the camera equipment and meet camera assistants. After passing the Camera Assistant test, he was admitted into Local 644 in May of 1981. David worked in the field as mainly a 2nd AC until 2001, and was involved in several activities with the union, such as the membership committee, election committee and education committee. In 1998, David was elected Sergeant-at-Arms for the Eastern Region. In 2001, he was elected Eastern Region Recording Secretary and an Alternate to the NEB as a Camera Assistant until he started working as a Business Rep in February 2002. David is the Eastern Region Safety Officer and a Delegate to the New York City Central Labor Council.
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Vincent “Vinnie” Galindez has been a member of Local 600 since March 1981, coming up through the ranks as a Camera Trainee, and achieving the classification of Operator before becoming a Business Representative in Dec 2008. Vinnie has been instrumental in defining and strengthening the avenues of communication with Local 600’s membership in Puerto Rico. As a rep in the Eastern Region, he has been involved in policing Local 600’s jurisdiction over drone camera work and works closely with Michael Chambliss of the Western Region in this field. In addition to these and other duties of a rep, Vinnie also works on various outreach initiatives with neighborhood schools in the New York City area to bring awareness of the film industry and the union to young minds as a possible career choice.
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Emily Gosnell began her career in 2007 as a union organizer working for the largest public employee’s union in the country. As an organizer she worked in many states around the country organizing and building their internal membership. In 2013, Emily continued her career as a staff representative in Baltimore, MD. Her main responsibilities included contract administration and enforcement. In October of 2016, Emily began work as a business representative with Local 600 in the Eastern Region. One of her main priorities and interests is organizing. Organizing is the key to a strong and thriving union and a great passion of hers. Emily also works with her fellow representatives on handling questions, contract violations, and safety issues that arise on features and TV series. Emily is constantly inspired by the hard work and tenacity of the Local 600 membership.
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Justin Conway has been a Union Organizer for 20 years, having served since 2005 at Local 600. Prior to his time at 600 Justin worked with the U.S.W. , A.F.S.C.M.E., The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and the AFL-CIO’s Organizing Institute, where he helped to train other organizers. Justin’s primary area of responsibility is the Great Lakes region of the Midwest, although during his time with 600 he has serviced and organized with our members all across the country. He is also responsible for two Local 600 represented broadcast affiliates in Detroit and Cleveland. Justin is active with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago and serves on his local parks board. If you are a member or would like to learn more about becoming a member and are working on a production in any of these states: Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Nebraska, Missouri, Florida, then Justin will be more than happy to speak with you.
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Brian Johnson has done it all when it comes to labor. His resume includes work as a representative for United Food and Commercial Workers and an organizer for the Service Employees International Union. Now that he is with Local 600, he stated his very sound, straightforward objective: “The goal is to make sure the Central Region members are properly represented and to make sure we can maintain the standards that have been fought for." This is Johnson's first time in the film and television industry. “It’s awesome. It’s making me look at movies in a different light now,” he said. “Whether you’re a cameraman or a nurse, there’s still an issue of long hours being worked, your paycheck not being right, and getting properly compensated. So, even though it’s a different industry, workers face some of the same challenges across the board.”
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Darla McGlamery has been a Business Representative with Local 600 since January 2014. Her most favored professional victory was organizing with the Atlanta Studio Mechanics Local, a $30 million dollar reality competition show, Fox's “Home Free.” Darla's first paid campaign was an independent expenditure with the Human Rights Campaign in North Carolina in 1996. Since then, Darla has worked on various Labor Campaigns in NY, CA, SC, and GA. She believes it's an honor and a privilege to represent the members of Local 600. Mother to Grayson and partner to Sonya, Darla McGlamery lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia and enjoys swimming, biking and cooking.
Jack R. Nealy
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Jack Nealy has been a Business Rep for Local 600 since May 2008. He is responsible for achieving the Guild’s goals in the states of Louisiana, Southern Mississippi, Southern Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. In addition to sitting on the Executive Board of the LFEA, Jack is the Education Chairman of the Louisiana Film and Entertainment Association, the liaison between the Entertainment Industry and the educational system in the State of Louisiana. The Business Manager of IATSE Local 477, from 2005-2008, Jack represented the Studio Mechanics of Florida, his home state. Prior to 2005, Jack worked as a Lighting Technician on feature films and television productions. As a Stagehand and member of IATSE Local 631, Jack worked Broadway tours as a flyman and was a high rigger working arena concert tours. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Jack served on the U.S.S. Concord AFS-5. Happily married to wife Pamela, they currently reside in New Orleans.
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