IATSE 209 represents the crews of the entertainment industry throughout Ohio and Northern Kentucky.
Today there are over 330 local unions of the I.A.T.S.E. throughout the United States and Canada representing more than 130,000 members. The older Locals, beginning with the Stage Employees, all represent specific film and theatre crafts. Mixed locals (Stage Employees and Projectionists) grew over the years in the smaller cities to service theater venues and motion picture theaters.
In recent decades, other Studio Mechanics Locals like 209 were chartered as production areas outside of Los Angeles and New York grew and the need for Locals to organize the regional workforce and administer contracts became increasingly necessary.