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Battle over sound engineers

In 1933, a jurisdictional battle broke out between the Alliance and the IBEW over sound engineers.  The electricians wanted to expand their influence into an area the IATSE clearly believed was ours.

Both the Alliance and the IBEW appealed to the Association of Motion Picture Producers (AMPP) for representation of sound engineers.  The producers refused to take a stand; they cited language in their contracts that prevented them from taking sides in a jurisdictional dispute.