MISSION: To represent workers in the entertainment business, including film, television, theatre, concerts, and conventions.
CURRENT LEADERSHIP OF UNION: Steve Lutge – Business Agent
MEMBERS WORK AS: Our members work as stage electricians, carpenters and riggers; audio and video technicians, camera operator, video engineers; film and television technicians; special effects technicians.
INDUSTRIES REPRESENTED: Theatre, conventions, concerts, film, television, commercials.
HISTORY: Local 16 received its charter in 1894, 125 years ago. Since the birth of our organization over 125 years ago, IATSE stagehands and movie operators have been joined by a great variety of other crafts. Technicians and artists in motion picture and television production, product demonstration and industrial shows, conventions, facility maintenance, audio visual presentation, and motion picture computer graphics, to name a few, have all banded together to achieve the maximum unified strength possible.
CURRENT CAMPAIGNS: Chase Arena in Mission Bay, Film Production in Northern California
COMMUNITY EFFORTS: Participating in several Labor Councils in the Bay Area, Rebuild Together, Laguna Honda Holiday Party, outreach to local schools in San Francisco, ARIA Opera program at local schools in San Francisco.
SOMETHING COOL ABOUT YOUR UNION THAT NOT TOO MANY PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT: Our members are extremely talented; many have received Oscar, Emmy and Grammy awards.