The Fascinating History of the IATSE


Did you know?!  The first member card was issued in 1886?!

First union members (later Local One) used a strike to win such victories as a $1-a-day wage.  Foolish producers in houses such as the Academy of Music tried to hire strikebreakers to perform the work of experienced stagehands.  When a poorly-placed flat toppled over on the great actor Louis James, the story is that he refused to continue until the striking stagehands were rehired!

The Union became International in 1898 when Locals 56 (Montreal) and 58 (Toronto) were accepted into the Alliance.

We have a long and noble history, brothers and sisters.  See it all on this time line:

IATSE Time Line