Cinematographers Guild Says Its Former Treasurer Took Union Funds

EXCLUSIVE: The former secretary-treasurer of a Cinematographers Guild has been fined, kicked off a executive house and systematic to lapse $3,300 to a guild after a kinship hearing house found that he absconded with kinship supports and equipment.

Alan Gitlin, who was degraded in his bid for re-election final year, was indicted of creation off with mechanism apparatus and gripping credit label points for himself that should have been incited over to a guild after he left office. Gitlin was inaugurated to a guild’s inhabitant executive house final year, though a kinship pronounced that “as a outcome of a findings, a members has been private from a board.”

In an email to a guild’s members final week, Steven Poster, a a longtime boss – and Gitlin’s using partner in final year’s choosing – pronounced a local’s former arch financial officer was put on hearing after he refused to repay a guild for a apparatus and credit label points. (Read his full email below.)

“You will positively hear about disciplinary movement taken opposite a former secretary-treasurer Alan Gitlin,” Poster told a members Thursday. “When Alan left office, he was authorised to squeeze from a guild a laptop and cover reserved to a secretary-treasurer’s office. He unsuccessful to compensate for that equipment. He was also in possession of some credit label points that should have been returned, in some form, to a union. He unsuccessful to do so or to make a kinship whole for their value. The sum value of both was approximately $3,300.

“Our staff demanded that Alan compensate for a apparatus and points,” Poster continued, “and when he didn’t, brought Alan’s control to a courtesy of guild officers. The house meted out oppressive punishment opposite a longtime kinship officer for his transgressions. I, along with secretary treasurer [Edward] Avila, sealed a charges notwithstanding my many years of operative closely with Alan. In other words, a complement worked accurately as it should have.”

Gitlin could not be reached for comment.

Poster and Gitlin had been domestic allies, with any ancillary a other in their re-election bids final April. In his email, Poster told a members of a guild – Local 600 of IATSE – that he was alerting them to Gitlin’s misappropriation of kinship supports “not since we take any pleasure in a situation, though to assure we that your union’s officers and staff work tough to strengthen a resources of your kinship and make certain your impost are spent wisely.”

Addressing inner riffs within a local, he added: “After a business of a hearing was concluded, we returned, as we have over a final year, to a business of relocating a kinship forward. We can't concede ourselves to be dreaming by an inner brawl that does not offer any purpose solely to rip down a repute with a other IA locals, a International and a members. If others wish to make a actions of one particular their ‘smoking gun,’ so be it.”

Running for re-election final year, Gitlin forked to his many guild accomplishments over a preceding 3 years, that he pronounced including slip of a guild’s $13 million investment account; overseeing a operation and growth of a guild’s information record system; overseeing a construction of 3 new offices in a guild’s domicile in Los Angeles; negotiating a franchise for a guild’s new bureau in Atlanta, and negotiating a franchise for additional bureau space in New York.

“As a outcome of this situation, a guild has reviewed and updated a existent financial slip practices to safeguard that a conditions like this does not start again in a future,” a kinship pronounced in a statement.”

In 2015, Gitlin brought kinship charges opposite Haskell Wexler, accusing a guild’s many famous member of carrying posted a record of a kinship membership assembly on an unlisted YouTube account, though Wexler died before a hearing house could be convened.

Here is Poster’s email to Cinematographers Guild members:

Over this past weekend, while millions of women marched via America, your National Executive Board met in Hollywood. The two-day event was by turns formidable and productive. That is to be expected. Making critical decisions infrequently requires formidable debate. The doubt for us is how we come behind together after that discuss to do a work of a members.

You will positively hear about disciplinary movement taken opposite a former Secretary-Treasurer Alan Gitlin. When Alan left office, he was authorised to squeeze from a Guild a laptop and cover reserved to a Secretary-Treasurer’s office. He unsuccessful to compensate for that equipment. He was also in possession of some credit label points that should have been returned, in some form, to a union. He unsuccessful to do so or to make a kinship whole for their value. The sum value of both was approximately $3,300.

I yield this information not since we take any pleasure in a situation, though to assure we that your union’s officers and staff work tough to strengthen a resources of your kinship and make certain your impost are spent wisely. Our staff demanded that Alan compensate for a apparatus and points, and when he didn’t brought Alan’s control to a courtesy of Guild officers. The Board meted out oppressive punishment opposite a long-time kinship officer for his transgressions. I, along with Secretary Treasurer Avila, sealed a charges notwithstanding my many years of operative closely with Alan. In other words, a complement worked accurately as it should have.

After a business of a hearing was resolved we returned, as we have over a final year, to a business of relocating a kinship forward. We can't concede ourselves to be dreaming by an inner brawl that does not offer any purpose solely to rip down a repute with a other IA Locals, a International and a members. If others wish to make a actions of one particular their “smoking gun” so be it. The rest of us will be scheming for negotiations in 2018, operative with a associate locals to brand and jointly support common issues, seeking a members what they wish to see us concentration on in bargaining, stability to use tiny operative groups to tackle large problems and collaborating – inaugurated leaders and staff – to allege a beliefs that unequivocally matter – unity, safety, farrago and mercantile opportunity. That’s what a marches were about and that is what a kinship is about.

Steven Poster, ASC
National President

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