HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – The International Cinematographers Guild ( IATSE Local 600) is undergoing major staff changes in both their Western and Eastern Region offices, according to National Executive Director Rebecca Rhine.
Alexander Tonisson, a 14-year veteran of the labor movement, has been hired as the Guild’s new Western Region Director. He most recently served as Director of Field Services to the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE, LOCAL 21) running the day-to-day field staff operations in all four regional offices, including all representation, legal work, bargaining and internal/external organizing. Alex is accomplished in program development, labor organizing, contract negotiations, labor communications, and research and legal strategy. “I am very excited about bringing my skills and experience to work with the Guild’s members and staff,” Tonisson stated.
Joining him at Local 600’s Los Angeles office as Assistant Western Region Director is Xiomara Comrie, until now the Guild’s Lead Business Representative and acting Western Region Director. She originally joined the ICG in 2008 as a Business Representative after a 20-year career as a camera assistant.