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WELCOME ... to the website of the IATSE Theatrical Wardrobe Union Local 769.

 

Local 769 represents workers in many diverse, but related fields in the entertainment industry, such as theatrical productions, ballet, opera, fashion, trade, ice shows, spectaculars, motion pictures, television, concerts and commercials.  We represent a diverse group of skilled technicians that are the best in their field, including dressers, seamstresses, costume stylists, supervisors, key and set costumers and other assistants in wardrobe departments.  We are dedicated to providing skilled workers in every field of the entertainment industry.

 

"For more than 100 years, we've been behind the scenes.  Since the early days of the musical, and the dawn of the film age, we have created indelible images; entertaining the world for generations. We are the brothers and sisters of the IATSE."

                                                                               -  IATSE Website

Latest News

Join IATSE Women’s Committee @ the March!

Join IATSE Women’s Committee @ the March!

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Women’s March to the Polls – 10/13/18

Women’s March to the Polls – 10/13/18

Women’s March Chicago Returns to Grant Park to Rally and March as Early Voting Gets Underway Saturday, October 13,

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CFL-Endorsed Candidates for 11/6 General Election

CFL-Endorsed Candidates for 11/6 General Election

2018 General Election Tuesday, November 6, 2018   CFL-Endorsed Candidates   Every election cycle, the Chicago

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AFL-CIO’s Trumka Optimistic About Midterms

AFL-CIO’s Trumka Optimistic About Midterms

AFL-CIO's Trumka Is Optimistic About the Midterms   AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka addresses the United Auto

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IATSE & Lyric Agree to Labor Cuts

IATSE & Lyric Agree to Labor Cuts

  IATSE and Lyric Opera of Chicago Agree to Labor Cuts Lyric Opera of Chicago and representatives of the International

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AFL-CIO Pres. Trumka on Kavanaugh confirmation

AFL-CIO Pres. Trumka on Kavanaugh confirmation

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Unsung Hero: Wendy McCay

Unsung Hero: Wendy McCay

Dresser Wendy McCay with Lyric Opera Stage Artist J’nai Bridges during a candid backstage moment at Lyric Opera of

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Lyric Opera & IATSE Sign Labor Deal

Lyric Opera & IATSE Sign Labor Deal

  STATEMENT   Lyric Opera and IATSE Sign Multi-Year Labor Deal   CHICAGO (10/3/2018) – Lyric Opera of

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Matthew D. Loeb Elected President of UNI MEI

Matthew D. Loeb Elected President of UNI MEI

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 UNI MEI Global Union renews leadership and adopts work priorities for 2019 Leaders of media

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Unions Did Great Things for the Working Class

Unions Did Great Things for the Working Class

  In a 1979 paper entitled “The Two Faces of Unionism,” economists Richard Freeman and James Medoff argued that

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Joffrey “Swan Lake” @ The Art Institute

Joffrey “Swan Lake” @ The Art Institut

Dancers from The Joffrey Ballet’s production of 'Swan Lake' bring Degas’s work to life in the galleries. See Christopher

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Early voting starts today!

Early voting starts today!

  Illinois voters can start casting their ballots Thursday as candidates for governor, attorney general and Congress

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With summer coming to a close …

With summer coming to a close …

With summer coming to a close, it's finally time to break out those fall outfits

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How Unions Can Solve the Housing Crisis

How Unions Can Solve the Housing Crisis

  How Unions Can Solve the Housing Crisis The labor movement once built thousands of low-cost co-op apartments for

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City promotes theater scene

City promotes theater scene

Chicago actor Michael Shannon speaks at a Sept. 17, 2018, news conference at Steppenwolf Theatre to announce 2019 as the

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IATSE PAC Fund Garage Sale

IATSE PAC Fund Garage Sale

        September 16, 2018 With the mid term elections approaching quickly, the International's PAC Fund is in need

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Hurricane Florence Relief … how to help!

Hurricane Florence Relief … how to help!

    Assistance available for members affected by Hurricane Florence   Saturday, September 15, 2018 The IATSE’s

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Union Meeting –  Tuesday, 10/9/18

Union Meeting – Tuesday, 10/9/18

  The next meeting of Wardrobe Local 769 will be held at the Stagehands Local 2 Office, 216 S.  Jefferson, 4th Floor,

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Fun at the picnic!

Fun at the picnic!

Sister Marguerite Scott (and others) made the most of all the great entertainment offered at the Young Workers Committee

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Growing number want to join a union …

Growing number want to join a union …

A growing number of Americans want to join a union Nation Sep 3, 2018 5:14 PM EDT Only 10.7 percent of American workers

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Talk is cheap …

Talk is cheap …

        Talk is cheap, what action are YOU taking to participate and make a difference. It won't do to

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IATSE Activism Manual

IATSE Activism Manual

  IATSE Activism Manual     Activism isn’t about winning every fight. It’s about getting out there and

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IATSE 125th Anniversary Party

IATSE 125th Anniversary Party

Brad Matthys - President - Local 476, Mark Hogan - Business Agent - Local 476, Tom Herman - President - Local 2, Craig

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New video:  Celebrating 125 years!

New video: Celebrating 125 years!

Brothers and Sisters, As you are no doubt aware, on Thursday August 9, 2018 the International held a celebration of our

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ABT in four-year partnership with the Aud

ABT in four-year partnership with the Aud

On Thursday, the Auditorium Theatre and American Ballet Theatre unveiled a four-year partnership, beginning with the

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Free subscriptions to LYNDA.COM

Free subscriptions to LYNDA.COM

In our 3-year partnership with Lynda.com, over 10,000 IATSE members have used the site to develop their skills. In

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Joffrey Ballet Partnering With City Colleges

Joffrey Ballet Partnering With City Colleges

    Students enrolling at Harold Washington College this fall can now also add ballet and hip hop to their class

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LYNDA.COM

LYNDA.COM

You may have heard Lynda.com is moving to the IATSE Training Trust Fund. The TTF is pleased to be offering Year Four

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IATSE 125th Anniversary

IATSE 125th Anniversary

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Happy 125th Anniversary to our IATSE

Happy 125th Anniversary to our IATSE

  "For more than 100 years, we've been behind the scenes.  Since the early days of the musical, and the dawn of the

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First Convention

First Convention

First Convention of the National Alliance of the Theatrical Stage Employees July 17, 1893 Photo caption: The Elks

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The Official Bulletin: 2018 Q2 / No. 660

The Official Bulletin: 2018 Q2 / No. 660

    The latest issue of the Bulletin is now available online! Read about 125 years of the IATSE:

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I’m going to tell you …

I’m going to tell you …

Trump announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court Nominee. In less than one minute President Richard Trumka will

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Chicago TV Production Sets Record

Chicago TV Production Sets Record

    Chicago TV Production Sets Record   Ten shows will film this summer and fall in Chicago. This includes

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Cinespace adds new Chicago facility

Cinespace adds new Chicago facility

  Cinespace recently acquired the former Crown Steel factory at 31st & Kedzie   Each of the 31

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Why restore the Uptown Theatre … ?

Why restore the Uptown Theatre … ?

  Why restore the Uptown Theatre at all? It's savvy, and plus there's a better reason On July 1, Neil Young

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Five Justices Cannot Break Union Solidarity

Five Justices Cannot Break Union Solidarity

  "One court case will not determine the fate of AFSCME or the labor movement. We will remain a vibrant force that lifts

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I’m Sticking With The Union

I’m Sticking With The Union

    The Supreme Court just ruled against working people in Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31, and in doing so, joined

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Chita, Bebe & More Stars Join New “We Are the World” Video

Chita, Bebe & More Stars Join New “We A

  Chita Rivera, Bebe Neuwirth, and More Broadway Stars Join "We Are the World" Video   Stars of Hamilton and Mean

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Chicago set for another big TV year

Chicago set for another big TV year

Hollywood's fling with Chicago-set TV productions shows no sign of easing up. Ten shows will be in town this summer and fall

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Trumka/AFL-CIO on immigration

Trumka/AFL-CIO on immigration

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2018 Election Results

2018 Election Results

2018 ELECTION RESULTS   President Marguerite Scott … 109 Steven Frendreis … 32   Vice-President Caryn Vanco

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Local 871 – Gender Pay Equity Campaign

Local 871 – Gender Pay Equity Campaign

  Dear All:   I am writing to let you know that our Gender Pay Equity campaign was launched today and that the

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IATSE TTF Safety First! Online Courses

IATSE TTF Safety First! Online Courses

  I am pleased to announce the launch of two new TTF curricula available to all IATSE craftspeople and

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Trump Administration Trying to Loosen Child Labor Laws

Trump Administration Trying to Loosen Child Labor

From CFL's Facebook post dated 5/17/18:   “Everyone deserves well-regulated, safe workplaces, not hazardous job sites

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IATSE/DGA Statement:  “Restoring Internet Freedom”

IATSE/DGA Statement: “Restoring Internet Fr

  Statement of the IATSE and DGA regarding the Joint Resolution to rescind the FCC Order on “Restoring Internet

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8 Ways to Respect the Importance of Stage Etiquette

8 Ways to Respect the Importance of Stage Etiquett

  A disclaimer before we continue. Theatre companies across the world have different ways of conducting themselves and

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50 Years for J.J. Broll-Cook!

50 Years for J.J. Broll-Cook!

TWU Local 769 Business Agent Shirley Berling and President John Salyers congratulate Jerre Jean Broll-Cook on 50 years as an

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The Art of Rolling Socks!

The Art of Rolling Socks!

Jean Fritz demonstrates the fine art of rolling socks (Cinderella style) ... with a pool

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Chicago production rolls through a week of success

Chicago production rolls through a week of success

  The level of TV production in Chicago has grown from a boom to an era  Over the past week, HBO announced its first

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Stagehands (1950s)

Stagehands (1950s)

Throw back Thursday to mid-century stagecraft, highlighted by AFL-CIO's Americans At Work film campaign. How long ago this

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Rosemont Theatre:  Broadway to bust?

Rosemont Theatre: Broadway to bust?

   A plan to expand the 5-year-old Fashion Outlets of Chicago mall in Rosemont may bring the curtain down for good on the

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What’s Wrong With the Broadway Musical?

What’s Wrong With the Broadway Musical?

  Once a universal cultural touchstone, Broadway musicals have now become a revolving door of unchallenging confections

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Would you go to the theatre on Nude Night ?

Would you go to the theatre on Nude Night ?

The Palais de Tokyo’s “Visite Naturiste”.   by Stephen Sachs, Co-Artistic Director - Intimate

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Female-led “Range Runners” films in IL this summer

Female-led “Range Runners” films in IL this su

Fatal Funnel Films announces cast for upcoming thriller ... Fatal Funnel Films, an Illinois-based independent film company,

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Broadway Wardrobe Dresser Secrets Revealed

Broadway Wardrobe Dresser Secrets Revealed

When you are a wardrobe dresser, you get pretty good at cleaning costumes and figuring out how to keep them looking as good

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HBO series to film in Chicago

HBO series to film in Chicago

     A new HBO series from Oscar winner Jordan Peele and “Lost” co-creator J.J. Abrams is slated to begin

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‘Hamilton’ exhibition well-paved for success

‘Hamilton’ exhibition well-paved for s

"Hamilton" director Thomas Kail, creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and designer David Korins talk with the Chicago Tribune

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Creating SNL:  Meet the Parents Cold Open

Creating SNL: Meet the Parents Cold Open

Members of IATSE Local 798 transform Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro into Michael Cohen and Robert Mueller for a killer cold

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Leaders of the Never Again movement are theatre kids!

Leaders of the Never Again movement are theatre ki

Are you surprised that the young leaders of the Never Again movement are theatre kids? I’m not.     by Stephen

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Why Ushering Is One Of The Most Underrated Professions In The Theater

Why Ushering Is One Of The Most Underrated Profess

We pretty much know the theater world by now. There are actors, comedians, directors, singers, writers, and even those darn

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Hollywood-style studio backlot coming to West Side

Hollywood-style studio backlot coming to West Side

The Chicago soundstage complex where TV shows like "Chicago Fire" and "Empire" are filmed now is getting its own backlot of

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How Can Musical Theatre Help Change Our World?

How Can Musical Theatre Help Change Our World?

  As a teacher and musical theater director, I have found myself struggling. I am turning on my television, going on

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Every Actor Should be Involved Backstage At Least Once

Every Actor Should be Involved Backstage At Least

  It is often said that “actors without stagehands are naked people standing in the dark trying to emote and

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Invisible Heroes:  An Ode to the Tech Team

Invisible Heroes: An Ode to the Tech Team

  Having spent much of my theatrical history in the realm of the actor, the ins and outs of the tech world still remain

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Beyond A Quick Change: The Many Jobs Of A Dresser

Beyond A Quick Change: The Many Jobs Of A Dresser

    From THEATRE NERDS - October 2, 2017 Beyond The Quick Change: The Many Jobs Of A Broadway Dresser   If

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Origins of IATSE Stagehands Union

Origins of IATSE Stagehands Union

Origins of IATSE Stagehands Union To view the video ... click on the link

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Stand Up, Fight Back!

Stand Up, Fight Back!

The Stand Up, Fight Back campaign is a way for the IATSE to stand up to attacks on our members from anti-worker

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It bears repeating:  IATSE Equality Statement

It bears repeating: IATSE Equality Statement

Given the events of the past few days, weeks and months ... it bears repeating:   "Equal rights are the cornerstone of

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The workers who make Broadway hum deserve a standing ovation

The workers who make Broadway hum deserve a standi

BY Patricia White SPECIAL TO THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, March 25, 2017, 8:38 PM   Giving all due respect to

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Know Your Rights – from the AFL-CIO

Know Your Rights – from the AFL-CIO

The following resources are intended help ensure that members of our unions know their rights and are prepared to defend

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You Should Call, Not Email, Your Legislators

You Should Call, Not Email, Your Legislators

From the IATSE Facebook page: "Looking to channel your political energy? Here's why you should put away the keyboard and pick

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IATSE Activism Manual

IATSE Activism Manual

Activism isn’t about winning every fight.  It’s about getting out there and fighting. When we see changes that need

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IATSE Women’s Committee:  Spread the Word!

IATSE Women’s Committee: Spread the Word!

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