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Thursday, March 2, 2017 (All day) to Friday, March 3, 2017 (All day)
Little Rock, AR
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 (All day) to Wednesday, March 8, 2017 (All day)
Minneapolis, MN
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, March 11, 2017 (All day)
St. Louis, MO

IATSE Officer Institute

IATSE workers are the mostly highly skilled craftspeople in the entertainment industry. Likewise, local union leaders must have the best possible skills in order to represent these members and confront the challenges and the pressures of the modern labor environment.

In order to fortify local union leaders to tackle this challenging road before us, the IATSE General Executive Board, in conjunction with the IATSE Education and Training Department, created the IATSE Officer Institute. Local union leaders at all levels of experience can enroll in this week-long educational program – a comprehensive boot camp where IATSE local union officers and Business Agents dive into the nuts and bolts of running a local, bargaining, and building power for members.

About the Institute

The IATSE Officer Institute is a five-day, intensive certification program that will be delivered in multiple cities. The week’s courses range from Labor Law and Collective Bargaining to Union Finance, to managing day to day challenges and dealing with conflict.  Instructors are experts in their fields and classes will provide hands-on, practical tools to be brought back to the local. Officers will earn a certificate and must attend all classes to graduate.

The program aims to establish a unified base of knowledge and strengthen the whole IATSE. While Leadership Development is the primary focus of the course, all of the Four Pillars that were featured at the 2013 Boston Convention, including Communications, Activism, and Craft Skills and Safety Training, will be emphasized. Having local union leaders better prepared for their positions will reinforce the Four Pillars in the service of our core focus – always growing and strengthening the IATSE and its local unions for the benefit of our workers in the entertainment industry.

Financial Subsidy Program

The IATSE General Executive Board, in partnership with the IATSE Education and Training Department, is offering a financial subsidy program for IATSE local union officers who attend the IATSE Officer Institute in 2017. For Local unions with small treasuries, the subsidy program will make attendance at this important leadership training program more feasible.  Details about the subsidies and the rules for application are below, and a link to download the subsidy application may be found at the bottom of this page. Local Unions are also encouraged to contact their District Secretaries, as many IATSE Districts are also offering financial assistance to students at the Officer Institute. 

Rules of the Subsidy Program are as follows:

  • Subsidies are only available for the Officer Institute 1.0, not the advanced 2.0.
  • Local Unions who submit a Form LM-4 or LM-3 (or, in the case of Canadian locals, those that have gross yearly receipts totaling less than $250,000) are eligible for a hotel subsidy in order to attend one of the scheduled sessions of the 2016 IATSE Officer Institute.  The application form would ask subsidy applicants to attest that their local falls within this category.  
  • Once awarded, the subsidy will pay for up to five nights lodging at the designated IATSE hotel, and will be paid directly to the hotel. No funds will be paid directly to the student or the local union. Subsidy recipients must stay at the designated IATSE hotel.  
  • Ten (10) individual subsidies will be available for each of the three Officer Institute sessions, and will be awarded subject to eligibility and on a first come, first served basis to qualifying local union leaders.  Each qualifying local union may receive subsidies for no more than two officers in calendar year 2016.  
  • Subsidy applications must be received at least six (6) weeks prior to the first day of the applicable Officer Institute session.  
  • Transportation, meals and incidentals continue to be the responsibility of the local union and/or the individual students.  
  • To apply for a subsidy, the subsidy request form should be submitted together with an officer’s regular application to the IATSE Officer Institute.  Both forms must be signed by an authorized representative of the Local’s Executive Board.


Click here for the 2017 Subsidy Application.

Questions regarding subsidy eligibility may be emailed to officerinstitute [at] iatse [dot] net.

2017 Dates

The program will travel to various locations around North America. Upcoming locations and dates are:

Monday, February 13 – Friday, February 17: Linthicum Heights, MD
Monday, May 8 – Friday, May 12: Denver, CO
Monday, October 16 – Friday, October 20: Orlando, FL (U.S. AND CANADIAN LOCALS)

How To Apply

Click here for the 2017 application (it is also available in the 2016 4th quarter edition of the IATSE Bulletin).

Costs of the Officer Institute are split: local unions are responsible for transportation, hotels (unless a subsidy application has been awarded), and per diem, and the International Union will pay for the program and instructors.

Please contact officerinstitute [at] iatse [dot] net with any questions.

IATSE Officer Institute 2.0

Two different courses will offer advanced training, customized for both Canadian and U.S. leaders.

ADVANCED ORGANIZING 2.0

PRE-REQUISITE: YOU MUST BE A GRADUATE OF A PRIOR IATSE OFFICER INSTITUTE, HELD PREVIOUSLY IN PHILADELPHIA, CHICAGO, LOS ANGELES, CALGARY, NEW YORK CITY, ATLANTA, LAS VEGAS, TORONTO, CAMBRIDGE, AUSTIN, OR VANCOUVER.

This 3 day course includes: Labor law and the mechanics of a campaign; Best Practices and Tactics; Targeting and Strategy; messaging to the Public, Unrepresented Workers and the Membership; Developing a Blueprint, and more.

ADVANCED SECRETARY TREASURER 2.0

PRE-REQUISITE: YOU MUST CURRENTLY HOLD OFFICE IN YOUR LOCAL UNION AS SECRETARY OR TREASURER or (REGARDLESS OF OFFICE) BE A GRADUATE OF A PRIOR IATSE OFFICER INSTITUTE, HELD PREVIOUSLY IN PHILADELPHIA, CHICAGO, LOS ANGELES, CALGARY, NEW YORK CITY, ATLANTA, LAS VEGAS, OR TORONTO, CAMBRIDGE, AUSTIN, OR VANCOUVER.

This training offers advanced work in issues of Financial Record Keeping, IATSE procedures, Fiduciary Responsibility, Fraud Prevention, Taking Minutes, and more. Content will be tailored for both Canadian and U.S. local leaders who have graduated from the IATSE Officer Institute and/or currently hold office as Secretaries and Treasurers in their local unions.

2017 DATES

Wednesday, February 22 – Friday, February 24: Linthicum Heights, MD
Wednesday, November 29 – Friday, December 1: Los Angeles, CA

How To Apply

Click here for the 2017 2.0 application (it is also available in the 2016 4th quarter edition of the IATSE Bulletin).

Costs of the Officer Institute are split: local unions are responsible for transportation, hotels, and per diem and the International Union will pay for the program and instructors.

Please contact officerinstitute [at] iatse [dot] net with any questions.