About IATSE Local 134
On April 1st, 1907 the Federal Trade Council granted fifteen people in San Jose, California a charter for the New York based Theatrical Mechanics Association, more familiarly known to us as I.A.T.S.E., the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Motion Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories and Canada. Since that time, IATSE Local 134 has consolidated its jurisdiction as Santa Clara County. Presently, the local dispatches stage technicians throughout the county for live theater, concerts, conventions, tradeshows, sports events, major motion pictures, theatrical installations and other entertainment and corporate events.
The IATSE Local 134 workforce is comprised of residents of Santa Clara County and surrounding areas. From moving light programmers to rope access technicians to film grips to set carpenters to high-end projectionists to audio engineers, the local provides employers with highly skilled technicians. The local is run by its members, and gives each person an opportunity to guide the organization in ways that best benefit its members. The local works within the community to provide a better quality of life for everyone. Entertainment technology, like most other industries, is getting more and more sophisticated. Currently, the union has focused its attention on increasing the training available to its workers to keep them up to date to meet the needs of the area employers.
Local 134 continues to grow with hundreds of men and women in the workforce. It has played an important role in Santa Clara County, providing a valuable service to area employers.
“Let the nobility of our aspirations for justice, truth, liberty and the grander development of our craft in the future, be the guiding starts to our actions.”
Stated at the 3rd National Alliance of Stage Employees Convention, in 1896, by President Lee M. Hart.