James J. Claffey, Jr. was born on January 24, 1964. He is the proud son of a Local One Member and has five brothers that are all members of the Union. He is happily married to Stephanie Simon, NY1 Arts & Entertainment Reporter and the proud father of three beautiful children Bailey, Michael and Madeline.
President Claffey worked throughout the Local One jurisdiction since 1982 in venues including Radio City Music Hall, the City Center 55th Street Dance Theatre, Madison Square Garden, CBS-TV, ABCTV and various Broadway theatres.
He is a graduate of both the Cornell University Labor Studies Certificate Program and the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
President Claffey began his career as an Officer of Local One in 1996, serving as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees until 1998 at which time the membership elected him to the full time position of Theatrical Business Manager, an office he was then re-elected to in 2001. In May of 2004 James was elected as President of Local One and has since been re-elected to the Office of President for three more terms.
As President, James is the Chairman of all Committees of Local One, a Trustee and Co-Chair of the Local One Pension, Welfare and Annuity Funds and Co-Chair of the Local One New York City Stagehands Political Action Committee. He is also a member of The Actors Fund Executive Board, The Advisory Board of Spotlight on Broadway and in addition to being a Vice President of the New York City Central Labor Council is now a member of the New York State AFL-CIO Executive Committee. James is also the 12th IATSE Vice President and was recently appointed as Chairman of the IATSE District 10.
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