WE ARE IATSE
We are the people behind the scenes; the ones who make the magic. We are the women and men of IATSE Local 631 and we are a group of highly trained stagehands and technicians who work hard every day to make our jurisdiction the world’s premiere destination for Theater, Live Events, Corporate Events, Concerts, Sports, TV, Film, Theme Parks, Resorts and Broadway Productions.
Local 631 is a mixed local in Central Florida that was chartered by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees in December of 1924.
IATSE Local 631 is dedicated to the principles of trade unionism and the representation of every worker employed in our crafts, based on the IATSE’s long history of pursuing fair wages and working conditions for its members. As an organization that is driven by its membership, we are responsive to the needs of our industry and our region, and are committed to building a robust, sustainable, and safe environment in the state of Florida. We will forever be committed to the protection of the negotiated rights of our members and the advancement of the best working conditions possible, and as citizens of Florida we will actively work with state and local legislators to lead our industry in innovative solutions for growing our business and providing for our members.
BECOMING A MEMBER
The IATSE is the largest union in the entertainment industry. We represent roughly 145,000 workers in the entertainment industry in North America. Our members are stagehands, front of house workers, wardrobe attendants, makeup artists and hair stylists, motion picture and television production technicians, broadcast technicians, scenic artists, designers, animators, audio visual technicians and more.
Our members receive strong representation and protection, good wages, training, health and retirement benefits, and overall better working conditions.
Whether you’re working for a small shop or a national vendor, an independent producer or a major studio, a local TV station or a national television network, a local community theatre or a regional theatre, we are the union for you!
There are many paths to becoming a member of IATSE Local 631. Give us a call and we'll identify the path that is right for you!
The IATSE Pride Committee works to enhance LBGTQ+ members’ inclusion, visibility, and potential for success within the union, the workplace, and the community, across our various crafts and geographic locations. The IATSE is committed to the principle that all people are equal, and therefore deserve respect and fair treatment, regardless of sex, gender identity/expression, or sexual orientation.
YOUNG WORKERS COMMITTEE
International President Matthew D. Loeb created a Young Worker’s Committee as a way to encourage the participation and leadership of our members ages 18-35. Local 631 President Paul Cox decided to encourage our young members to do the same.
To get involved with the Local 631 Young Worker’s Committee, simply email Brother Michael Kutas, Young Worker Committee Chair at YWC@iatselocal631.com for more information. You can follow the YWC on Instagram @IATSE631YWC to see photo proof of the fun and fellowship they seek to provide.
The IATSE Women’s Committee is dedicated to providing networking and mentorship opportunities, to be a meaningful resource for educational tools, social media campaigns and community outreach and activism for women of the IATSE. The Committee endeavors to create a sense of community throughout the geographic and craft diversity of our union, and through highlighting the achievements of women in the IATSE and the labor movement, works to enhance women’s potential for success in our union, in our places of work, and in our communities.
IATSE EQUALITY STATEMENT
Equal rights are the cornerstone of the labor movement. Unions were founded on the principle that all people are equal and all people are deserving of respect and fair treatment. Equality issues run through all areas of trade union activities – from health and safety to wage negotiations.
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating all forms of discrimination. We are opposed to unlawful and unfair discrimination and oppression on the grounds of sex, gender identity and expression, relationship or marital status, race or ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, age, language, background, political or religious beliefs, physical appearance, pregnancy or responsibility for dependents.
We believe that equality for all is a basic human right and we actively oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination. IATSE leaders and members must be vigilant in working, both with each other and with our employers, to promote an equal and welcoming environment for all people, through our actions, attitudes, and language. The IATSE celebrates the diversity of society and is striving to promote and reflect that diversity within this organization.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHEN SHOULD I JOIN THE UNION? HOW DO I JOIN?
FLORIDA IS A RIGHT-TO-WORK STATE. WHY SHOULD I JOIN?
For all of the reasons found on this website, you should join the IATSE if you intend to work in the entertainment industry. The benefits Local 631 provides it’s members are extensive and exceptional. However, as residents of a “right to work” state, the option of whether or not to join a union is entirely yours. Regardless of being a member or not, working in a “right to work” state means that you are handled by your employer just like a union member, subject to treatment under the collective bargaining agreement that the union has negotiated with the employer. So if you are going to be treated under the terms set forth by the collective bargaining agreement, shouldn’t you have a say as to what that agreement says? Unless you are a union member, you do not get to influence what goes into that agreement. Joining IATSE Local 631 gives you a voice, allows you to be a part of the negotiating process, and provides you the opportunity to contribute to what goes into the contracts that your employers sign and the IATSE enforces on your behalf.
HOW DO I GET WORK?
WHAT ARE THE GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS?
Our membership meetings take place on the first Wednesday of every month. The General Membership meets at 8:00pm. If the date of those meetings change for any reason, an Official Notice will be mailed to alert the membership of the change.
HOW DO I REPORT A SAFETY ISSUE OR AN UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE?
You should report any concerns regarding unfair labor practices to your on-production or off-production show steward. You can also call your Business Representative, Kimberly Holdridge, directly. All safety issues or concerns should be reported the same way, or by calling the IATSE National Safety Hotline number 1 (844) 422-9273.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN QUARTERLY DUES AND 4% ASSESSMENTS?
HOW IS MY 4% PAID TO THE LOCAL?
WHY AM I NOT GETTING MY EMAILS FROM THE LOCAL?
The majority of emails issued by the Local 631 office are sent from the following 2 addresses: ST@iatselocal631.com, BA@iatselocal631.com. Because many of the emails sent from these addresses are mass emails to the membership, your spam filter may catch them and filter them out. Saving these 2 addresses to your contacts list should correct this issue.
Rigging / Theater & Arena Certified
Electrics / ETCP Certified available
Cosmetology / LU798 National Jurisdiction
LOCAL 631 ORGANIZATION
IATSE Local 631 is administered by an executive board elected by a vote of the membership every three (3) years in accordance with our organizational documents, the Constitution and By-Laws of the IATSE Local 631.