Local 205 sent two representatives to the IATSE Young Conference this year. Sister Cowan and Brother Levin would like to share some of their experience with you.
Did you know?
-21% of IATSE membership is 35 and younger
-Knights of Labor (from which IATSE stems) was an illegal secret society. Union membership was illegal until the 1930s.
-In 1911 the Yellow Card system was established to protect road hands on tours from being stranded in nowhere, IL.
-1970 saw the first body mics in use on Broadway.
-Wardrobe locals were formed separately under the international because of stage hands who did not want their wives in their unions.
-NATSE was established in 1893 Local numbers were based on the date they joined the Knights of Labor 1898 – + Local 56, Montreal & Local 58, Toronto added an “I” to become IATSE
-There are 13 districts in the international, 1-12 & 14. New Jersey was district 13, but around the same time 14 (Floriday and Puerto Rico) was added, NJ was merged into 10 with New York.
-“In the lime light” – refers to when a line of lime was laid on the edge of a stage and lit on fire for a show, and it glows green.