Crewing Up

Our “Crewing Up” area is designed to help you with your needs regarding working within our jurisdiction. Whether you are a department head or potential employer, a member who has been contacted for work, or someone who is looking to join our local, this is the best place to start.


For the most up-to-date roster, please contact our Secretary Treasurer at:

Dues Check Off Form

Please make sure that you fill this form out and turn it in with your start paperwork. This should be included in your start packet. If not, please print it out and submit it to accounting. Failure to have your work dues withheld from your paycheck on a weekly basis will result in an invoice for the total amount upon completion of the audit for each show. Check your pay stubs to make sure your dues are withheld!

Download Dues Check Off Form

How to Join

Anyone who is a resident of Ohio or Northern Kentucky may apply to become a member of IATSE Local 209.

There shall be no discrimination against any person in respect to membership in Local 209 by reason of race, color, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, or age.

What You Need to Apply

If your intention is to join IATSE Local 209, please submit the following:

  • A completed application form. This can be obtained from the Secretary-Treasurer. Please only return the original application only. No copies will be accepted.
  • A letter of intent to join (please include your phone number and an email address)
  • A copy of your resume
  • 2 letters of recommendation from Union members in good standing.
  • $100 non-refundable application fee
  • $1000 initiation fee
  • Proof of 18 months of residency in Ohio or Northern Kentucky
  • Proof of completion of the OSHA-10 Safety Class.

Once your application has been submitted, it will be reviewed by our officers to make sure that you are a good fit for our Local.

What Experience Do You Need?

Generally, we are looking for people who have worked at least 30 days on film, television or commercial sets. Please be able to provide documentation of this experience through old pay slips, call sheets or other means.

What Happens Next

Once you’ve submitted your resume, the officers will review it. You will get a call or email to confirm that we have received your request. You may be asked to clarify any questions the officers may have.

From here, everything is sent to the International in New York and the office of the General Secretary. Here, they examine your application and do a background check. This takes a few weeks, but once they have approved your application, it is returned to us. At this point you will receive your final approval. You will be sworn in at the next General Meeting.

Obligations to IATSE Local 209

There is a $1100 joining fee.

($100 non-refundable application fee) & ($1000 initiation fee)

$564 minimum is due when you submit your application.

This includes the $100 application fee and $400 towards a first payment on the initiation fee. $64 will cover the first of the quarterly stamps.

Another installment of $200 is due 4 weeks after the application is processed and the balance is due upon acceptance to the Local.

If you are able to furnish 2 letters of recommendation from union members, applicants may be granted one year from application filing to complete payment of Initiation fee. This is to be set up with the Secretary-Treasurer before filing the application with Local 209. This timeline is shortened if the applicant is employed on a feature film, then payment is due in full by the end of their employment on the production.

At present, the quarterly stamps are $64. Payment is due January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1 for stamps. A $10 late fee will be assessed if not paid on time. If members get 3 quarters behind in quarterly dues, their membership will be terminated. This amount may change at the discretion of the local’s Executive Board.

Members and apprentices shall pay four percent (4%) of their gross earnings as and for their Union Dues.

Please contact the office or the Secretary-Treasurer for assistance with your application.

How to Transfer

Contact the office for information about transferring your IATSE membership into Local 209.

Reporting Work

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories, and Canada, AFL-CIO, working for you in Ohio and Northern Kentucky.