Cinematographer to Lead Local AFL-CIO Chapter in Wilmington

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Cinematographer Herb Harton, IATSE Local 600, Takes the Helm of the Southeastern NC Central Labor Council

(Wilmington, NC – May 9, 2017) – Cinematographer Herb Harton of IATSE Local 600 has stepped up to lead the Southeastern North Carolina Central Labor Council (CLC) after former president and postal worker, William Whalen, resigned Tuesday night to focus on his work at the Post Office and as president of APWU Local 145.

Michael Hill, business development representative for IBEW Local 495, has assumed the role vacated by Harton as Council vice president.

Harton is an active member in the International Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 600, serving his union as regional steward, North Carolina political coordinator, and election committee member.

Wilmington remains an important location for film and television production in North Carolina despite fallout from “HB2”, repealed earlier this year, and from cutbacks to state support for the industry.

The Southeastern North Carolina CLC is one of eight local AFL-CIO chapters in North Carolina. In addition to cinematographers and postal workers, the Council’s member unions represent studio and stage mechanics, factory workers, bus drivers, phone company workers, longshoremen at the Port of Wilmington, and other people working in unions for a better life in New Hanover and surrounding counties.


The North Carolina State AFL-CIO is the largest association of local unions and union councils in North Carolina, representing a hundred and thirty thousand union members, fighting for good jobs, safe workplaces, workers’ rights, consumer protections, and quality public services on behalf of ALL working people. PO Box 10805, Raleigh, NC 27605.