About Us

We represent the people who work behind the camera to create worlds and visually tell stories. Our members are hard working professionals who strive for excellence in their chosen craft and share a camaraderie both on set and off. Our members represent a variety of backgrounds and experiences, which serve to make us stronger as a Union. Together we strive to make our working conditions better for all members.

Mission Statement

Local 209 is dedicated to the principles of trade unionism. Its objects are to unite all workers within its juristiction for the following purpose:

  • To improve our wages and hours of work, to increase our job security and to better our working conditions.
  • To advance our economic, social and cultural interests.
  • To establish peaceful and harmonious relations between our members and their employers and to increase the stability of the work place.
  • To assure full employment
  • To promote and support democracy and free trade unionism.
  • To engange in such other activities as may be necessary or proper to strengthen the labor movement and to extend the process of collective barganing throughout all trades and industries.

Local 209 endeavors to accomplish the foregoing purpose by organizing the unorganized, educating our membership, negotiating collective barganining agreements with employers, securing progressive legislation and by all other appropriate means within the International.

Equality Statement

The following Equality Statement was unanimously approved at the 2015 Winter General Executive Board Meeting in Hollywood, Florida, and updated at the 2018 Mid-Summer General Executive Board Meeting in New York City. It outlines the IATSE’s commitment to creating an inclusive working environment where differences are valued and equality is celebrated. IATSE Local 209 strives to uphold this commitment for it’s members.

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.

Covered Crafts

IATSE Local 209 represents the crews of the entertainment industry throughout Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Our members work in most of the departments of the Film and Television Industry and have experience on large summer blockbusters, independent features, television as well as commercials for internationally recognized brands.

  • Construction
  • Craft Service
  • Divers
  • Electric
  • Grip
  • Greens
  • Hair Stylists
  • Locations
  • Make-up Artists
  • Medics
  • Production Accounting
  • Props
  • Riggers
  • Set Dressers
  • Scenic
  • Sound
  • Speciall Effects
  • Studio Teachers
  • Video Assist
  • Wardrobe

If you have a question about whether or not a craft is covered by Local 209, please reach out to us at our office phone number.

Officers & Executive Board

Business Agent - James Butler

President -Dan Jarrell

Vice President - Francis Boysie Link

Secretary Treasurer - Kimberly Novak

Sgt. At Arms - Roy Vankeuren

Executive Board

  • Russ Faust
  • Jack Gardner
  • Tom Guidugli
  • Leyna Haller
  • Scott Lipez
  • Marlowe Taylor

Trustees

  • Jake Heim
  • Geoff Maxwell
  • Kelleigh Miller

Finance Board

  • Patricia Heim
  • Robert Higham
  • Eric Johns
  • Thomas Kiousis III
  • Andy Schofield

Delegates

  • Russ Faust
  • Jack Gardner
  • Kim Novak

History

The I.A.T.S.E. – The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories, and Canada, AFL-CIO – began in 1893. In 1893 show business was confined almost entirely to the theater. During the next twenty years, stage carpenters, props people, and electricians pioneered a drive for union recognition, and established stagecraft as one of the highest paid and most respected in America.

Beginning in 1908, soon after the birth of the film industry, projectionists throughout the continent were brought into the I.A.T.S.E. In the 1920’s union benefits were extended to the Hollywood studios and the vast network of film exchanges throughout the United States and Canada. And finally, as soon as commercial television got a start, the I.A.T.S.E. took its natural place in this newest field of visual entertainment.

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.

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