SIX THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW about contract negotiations:

Q: When does bargaining begin?

A: Bargaining will begin in March/April for the Basic and Local Agreements.

Q: Are negotiations the same at every level?

A: No. There are two distinct negotiations:

  1. Local Negotiations (Individual Locals)
  2. General Negotiations (All Hollywood Locals)

q: Who are the 13 Hollywood Locals?

A: The thirteen Hollywood Locals are as follows:


  • Property Craftspersons (44)
  • Studio Grips (80)
  • Cinematographers (600)
  • Sound (695)
  • Editors (700)
  • Costumers (705)
  • Make-Up & Hair (706)


  • Lighting Technicians (728)
  • Set Painters/Sign Writers (729)
  • Art Directors (800)
  • Script Supervisors (871)
  • Studio Teachers (884)
  • Costume Designers (892)

Q: Who bargains the Basic Agreement for the 13 Hollywood locals?

A: The IATSE bargains the Basic Agreement for the 13 Hollywood Locals.

Q: Does a single entity bargain for all the Hollywood Locals?

A: The 13 Hollywood Locals bargain their own Local Agreements.

Q: Who Bargains for the employer?

A: The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) is a trade association that represents over 350 television and film producers in collective bargaining negotiations with entertainment industry trade unions that include, among others, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), SAG-AFTRA, the Directors Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America and the American Federation of Musicians.