Here’s the announcement currently on the homepage for IATSE Local 44:
Jennings Resigns, Pawluc Sworn In
Due to circumstances both professional and personal, on Friday September 19, 2008 Secretary Treasurer Elliot Jennings submitted his resignation. On Wednesday September 24, 2008 Local 44’s Executive Board met in a called Special Meeting and voted to accept Mr. Jennings resignation.
In accordance with the Constitution of Local 44 a successor was elected by the Executive Board to fill the unexpired term. On the evening of September 24, 2008 Anthony Pawluc was sworn in as Secretary Treasurer of Local 44 to fulfill those duties for the remainder of the term.
Ed Brown, Business Agent of the local, spoke to BTL about some of the intrigue behind the surprise announcement, noting that in Jennings first term he was one of the inheritors of “a fiscally broken organization — they were able to accomplish positive things.”
But other things — many of them personal — appeared to’ve caught up with Jennings, including some conflation of personal relationships with work duties, and what Brown terms “inconsistent behavior,” which appears to have affected both the coherence and reliability of certain union documents Jennings was charged with overseeing.
Brown notes that the minutes of the board meeting where Jennings’ resignation was accepted — two days ago as of this writing — are “available to (any) member upon written request,” and for subsequent reading/perusal in IA’s office.
Noting what might politely be referred to as local 44’s “colorful past,” Brown talked about leadership being as forthcoming as possible during the current imbroglio. “There’s no craziness going on here. The union is solid. Every member continues to receive full representation.”
Brown noted further updates will also be available on 44’s webpage.