Off-Broadway Workers Are Making History

Entertainment workers Off-Broadway are joining the IATSE, the union behind entertainment. There is a growing recognition of the importance of collective bargaining and solidarity among the stagehands, front of house workers, wardrobe attendants, hair and makeup artists, scenic artists, audiovisual technicians, and others that build and present world-class shows off-Broadway in New York City and in regional theaters across the country.
IATSE is more than 170,000 entertainment industry professionals across the United States and Canada. We stand together to provide strong representation and win better wages, benefits, training, and improved working conditions.

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How to form a union:

This page focuses on how to unionize in the United States. Click here to visit our Canadian website.

1. Talk to your coworkers

Do you share common concerns about your jobs? Is your employer unwilling to discuss or rectify your concerns? If so, a union may help.

2. Contact an Organizer

A union organizer can help strategize and educate you and your coworkers about the process. Click here to reach out to one.

3. Build Support

In most private sector workplaces, U.S. federal labor law guarantees employees the right to talk to your coworkers about unionizing and other workplace issues, such as pay.

4. Vote!

When a majority of coworkers support joining together, workers typically sign confidential authorization cards to indicate their support. Your employer may voluntarily recognize the union through a "card check" by a neutral third party. If your boss does not agree to a card check or voluntarily recognize the union, we will file a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to request a secret ballot union election.


We've been in the theater business since 1893.

Our union was built by workers who moved from job to job, facing unpredictable hours, precarious employment and health care, and pay that didn’t reflect their contribution to the industry.

As workers from all corners of the entertainment industry, we are uniquely positioned and have the industry experience to win major gains on hours, continuous health coverage, and other important issues.

Some Rights and Protections IATSE has won on: