Become a Local One Member
  • Three Ways to Join

    Organizational List


    The Organizational List is our means for those more experienced stagehands and technicians to get membership in the greatest entertainment local in the United States. None of the Local One contracts are closed shop contracts, which means anyone who is capable of doing the work that is demanded of a qualified stagehand or technician is able to get hired. If you can demonstrate that you have the skills and work ethic needed in today’s highly competitive work environment on a consistent basis, you will earn membership.

    To get on the Organizational List requires that you must earn at least $35,000 per year for three consecutive years in employment with employers who have collective bargaining agreements with Local One.

    While it can seem daunting, the vast majority of our current members have gained membership in this manner. To aid in this, Local One has established a Replacement Room. While going from venue to venue, you will be able to see first hand the scope and breathe of Local One’s jurisdiction.

    Organizational Effort

    A less common method for gaining membership is the much more difficult organizational effort. Local One is committed to bringing the legal protections that a union contract gives to any stagehand or technician that requests it. If you want to organize your nonunion employer, it will require that you have a firm belief in unionism, a passion for fairness and equity in your workplace and hope to secure a better life for you, your family and your co-workers. It is for people that have determined that a career in the entertainment industry in NYC is their life’s goal and will be willing to fight for it.  If you are interested contact Local one’s Organizer, Dan Gilloon, at the Union Hall, 212-333-2500.

    There are many benefits and privileges available to Local One members. Some of the benefits and privileges of Union membership include: the right to attend and participate in Union meetings; the right to nominate and vote for candidates for Union office; the right to run for Union office and for delegate to our  international union’s (the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists, and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories, and Canada, AFL-CIO, CLC, I.A.T.S.E.) convention; the right to participate in contract ratification and strike votes; the right to participate in formulating collective bargaining demands; and the right to participate in the development and formulation in policies. Eligible and enrolled members are also entitled to benefits provided by the Union Privilege and Union Plus programs available through the I.A.T.S.E.

    Your biggest benefit that you are a member of the finest and first Local in the entertainment business in the United States and that you have the power to have a voice in your workplace. The greatest privilege is working alongside the men and women who set the highest standards of your chosen craft.

    Apprenticeships

    A Local One apprenticeship can provide an opportunity to be trained in all aspects of the industry. With apprenticeships in theatres, television studios and shops, not only do our apprentices receive handson training with some of the most cutting edge technology in the business, they get to work side by side with Local One members learning crafts that have been at the forefront of our Union for 125 years. 

    Apprentice positions last 2 to 3 years and lead to full membership status. To qualify for an apprenticeship within Local One, candidates must take a skills assessment test and place within the top 40 scores.  If an apprenticeship within Local One is of interest to you, please contact the Local One office for more information.