So many CLUW members are highly accomplished in their union careers. We believe that how they got there, as well as lessons they learned along the way can provide valuable information for union women coming behind them – no matter what their union is. Hence, this column – the first of an ongoing series of interviews with our members. We hope you find this column interesting and informative and we hope that you not only let us know what you think about it by writing to us at: CLUW@CLUW.org – but that you also provide us with suggestions for a future interview, including details of why that person is deserving to be featured.
Eileen Macdonald is a Local One IATSE stagehand and works on Broadway as a sound engineer in the historically male-dominated field of show business. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Theater and spent many years touring Broadway shows.
In 2011, Eileen founded the Local One Sisters Committee, whose mission is to mentor members, encourage union involvement, and support women coping with the challenges of a non-traditional job. This committee has given women stagehands a voice in the local and has encouraged women in other locals to form committees.
After attending the Northeast Union Women's Summer School, Eileen was inspired to return to college. She completed a Certificate in Labor Relations from the School of Professional Studies/CUNY.
Last year Eileen was appointed the first woman to represent Local One on the NYC Central Labor Council. In May 2016, she was elected to the Local One Executive Board as a Trustee. Only one other woman has served on the Executive Board in the Local's 130-year history and that was over thirty years ago. Read more here.
Eileen Macdonald, IATSE