Benefits of Membership
Benefits of Membership The primary function of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 is to negotiate and administer collectively bargained agreements that provide the minimum terms governing the work of Scenic Artists, Designers and Coordinators in scenery shops, motion pictures, television, commercials, theatre, opera, dance, and industrial shows. Members have the right to participate in the negotiation of these agreements and to vote on their ratification. This collective voice with employers is exponentially stronger than any individual. The Contracts section contains lists of the many Agreements, which contain provisions setting wages, working conditions, premium pay, grievance procedures, and many other terms. All Agreements mandate employer contributions for health and Retirement, which are detailed later in this section. USA 829 also works with other industry groups such as the Council of Broadway Unions and Guilds, the New York Production Locals, the Chicago Entertainment Industry Labor Council and many others to address issues within the industry. As an affiliate of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, IATSE, we are part of a larger labor family which brings both privileges and obligations, but most importantly strength.