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Welcome To IATSE Local 796

IATSE Local 796 came into existence in December 2000 as a handful of freelance television technicians tried to find a way to obtain affordable health insurance and retirement benefits. Their search led them to the IATSE (International Association of Theatrical and Stage Employees.) IATSE Local 796 has contracts with LDM Worldwide, Mobile TV Group, Fox Sports SW, PCS Productions, Program Productions, and Alliance Productions. IATSE 796 provides a conduit for hundreds of Texas television technicians to obtain health insurance, life insurance, pension plans and other benefits. IATSE contracts also include annual pay raises averaging more than 2.5% annually, workplace protection, and representation for those employees who need it. We encourage all dedicated television professionals who want a say in the policies and practices of the Union to investigate IATSE membership.

Important Notice: IATSE 796 Referral Rules are Changing

In 2000 IATSE Local 796 was chartered. At that time we established rules for the Referral List and the referral process of which you are a part. Late in 2019 the Executive Board approved changes to those rules and those changes will take effect this year. Throughout this year you will receive notifications regarding the new rules. You may receive post card reminders, mailed letters, additional emails, text messages or phone calls. The new rules are listed below and can also be found by clicking the “Our Referral List” tab. The new rule notification has also been posted on our face book page. The IATSE 796 Referral List now has nearly 600 technicians listed and is growing. Many of these people rarely work under our contracts. Some have moved out of Texas and a few no longer work in the broadcast industry. The list has become difficult to manage, inaccurate, and difficult to navigate for our Employers. The new rules attempt to fix these problems and will require you to take action. You likely will need to submit a renewal form for the Referral List annually, during the 4th quarter, and there will be a $20 charge to do so. If you do not renew annually, your name will be removed from the list and Employers will no longer be required to give you hiring preference. If you work under our contracts, this is something you may want to avoid. Be aware that IATSE 796 Union members are not required to renew annually. Union members already renew every three months by paying quarterly union dues. If you work under our contracts, want a say in the policies and procedures of Local 796, want to support IA796 and/or want to vote in Local 796 elections, we urge you to apply for IATSE membership. Anyone can apply and by doing so you will avoid annual referral renewal requirements, support the Texas Broadcast Local and have a voice in Local 796 affairs. Therefore, in order to better manage the referral roster, insure accuracy, and meet International standards, the following rule changes will go into effect this year. (Click on "Our Referral List" tab on left)

The next general meeting of IATSE Local 796 is:

February 3, 2020 1pm

Get Directions:


Lone Star Executive Suites
312 W Northwest Hwy
Grapevine, TX 76051
(817) 912-5333


Local 51 Hall
3030 North Freeway
Houston, TX 77009

San Antonio/Austin

Frank Arechiga's Home
6726 Spring Lark Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78249