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Our Union is going into these negotiations UNITED and from a position of STRENGTH. We will be AGGRESSIVE at the table and do what it takes to win a contract that IATSE members expect, deserve, and ratify.



for negotiations start the collaborative and democratic process.

  • Negotiating Committees and subcommittees were formed in late 2023 and have met regularly. The Negotiating Committee is the team that represents the members and our union in the negotiations. It consists of members representing each of the 13 West Coast Studio Locals, in addition to subject matter experts, staff, and elected leadership. 

  • Last year, the Negotiating Committee began gathering members' input through bargaining surveys, local union meetings, town halls, digital communications, and one-on-one conversations.

  • A membership survey was distributed starting in October and tens of thousands of IATSE members participated. 

  • The Negotiating Committee is using this feedback to ascertain members' collective priorities, as well as formulate workable contract proposals and strategies.




for the Basic Agreement are set to begin in Los Angeles on March 4th.

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  • When negotiations begin, the Union's Negotiating Committee and the Studios, represented by the AMPTP, trade initial proposals.

  • Both sides are legally required to take turns trading proposals to inch towards a mutually agreeable deal (also called "negotiating in good faith")

  • The Negotiating Committee will regularly update membership after bargaining sessions and developments at the table.

  • The Negotiating Committee is not interested in extending this agreement beyond the July 31 expiration. Depending on the status of negotiations around this time, there will either be a strike authorization vote, or a ratification vote.

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  • If no deal is reached, The Negotiating Committee may call for a strike authorization vote.



  • When a tentative agreement with the AMPTP is reached, members vote on whether to ratify, or approve, the proposed deal.



  • After IA members ratify the new Basic Agreement, the union and members must work diligently to ensure that employers adhere to the terms outlined in the contract and safety best practices.



APRIL 12, 2024

Hollywood Basic Local Negotiations Update: Local 728 Joins 700 and 892 In The Latest Group To Reach Tentative Agreements

APRIL 5, 2024

Hollywood Basic Local Negotiations Update:
Local 871 Reaches Tentative Agreement, 728, 892 and 700 to Continue Talks

APRIL 2, 2024

Negotiations Update: Locals 80, 706 Reach Tentative Agreements with AMPTP, Basic and Area Standards Schedules to Shift in May

MARCH 26, 2024

Hollywood Basic Local Negotiations Update:
Local 695 Reaches Tentative Agreement With AMPTP, Other Locals’ Talks to Follow

MARCH 22, 2024

Hollywood Basic Local Negotiations Update: Locals 600, 729 and 800 Reach Tentative Agreements With AMPTP

MARCH 19, 2024

Hollywood Basic Bargaining Update: Individual Local Negotiations with AMPTP Begin

For additional updates, please visit




The video above is the same training that the Negotiating Committee received, available publicly for the first time.



The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada (IATSE) was founded in 1893 when representatives of stagehands working in eleven cities met in New York and pledged to support each others’ efforts to establish fair wages and working conditions for their members.

The expansion of the Alliance continued when the Los Angeles theatrical workers union joined in 1896, despite anti-union pressures. Canadian locals were welcomed in 1898, signifying the Alliance's growing international presence​​. In 1902, this international presence was formalized when the Alliance's name was changed to include "International" following a unanimous vote at our convention​​.

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In the early 20th century, the Alliance continued to evolve to reflect changes in the entertainment industry. In 1915, we acknowledged the emerging role of projectionists by including "Moving Picture Machine Operators" in our name. In 1918, we successfully led a general strike against Los Angeles producers, demonstrating our increasing influence in the movie industry​​.

The Alliance gained jurisdiction over cinematographers and lab workers in 1921, and the first Hollywood Studio Mechanics Local was welcomed in 1925. Notably, the first Studio Basic Agreement was signed in 1926, setting a framework for negotiating wages, benefits, and working conditions for our members​​​​.

The mid-20th century was marked by both significant challenges and achievements for the labor movement in Hollywood. The infamous "Bloody Friday" in 1945, with mass picket lines at Warner Brothers Studios, illustrated the ongoing struggle for labor rights in the industry​​. However, by 1952, IA workers successfully went on strike at major TV producers, showing our growing influence in the burgeoning television industry​​.

The Alliance continued to grow, celebrating its centennial in 1993 and reaching a membership of 75,000 that year​​​​​​. The 1990s and 2000s saw the Alliance adapting to new industry dynamics, from the establishment of a National Safety Committee in 1997​​, to organizing workers at Fox Sports International in 2004​​, and adopting the tagline “The Union Behind Entertainment” in 2007​​.

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Today, IATSE members work in all forms of live theater, motion picture and television production, trade shows and exhibitions, television broadcasting, and concerts as well as the equipment and construction shops that support all these areas of the entertainment industry.

We are more than 170,000 workers strong in virtually all arts, media, and entertainment crafts, and our mission is to improve all entertainment workers’ lives both inside and outside the workplace.

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