Who are we ?
The International Alliance of stage, theater and cinema employees, local section 262 was created in 1912 in Montreal.
We were at the time a union essentially regrouping the cinema projectionists, which were at the time called “operators of machines with animated views”. In 1994 we decided to undertake important unionization organization campaigns. Cineplex Entertainment front of the house employees then joined themselves to tour ranks and we were then able to obtain a first collective agreement for 200 new members. Other cinema employees joined us over the following years (Cavendish, AMC Forum 22, Cinéplex Beauport, Centre Pierre-Péladeau) and we are pursuing our growth in order to improve the work conditions of workers with precarious and part time jobs.
In 1999, office workers joined our union for the first time in our history. The workers of the APVQ (Association of Quebec Video Professionals) chose the International Alliance to represent them. Unfortunately, they quit us when APVQ merged with the AQTIS in 2005.
Our union has continued his offensive and between 2003 and 2007, we have represented the professionals in the film and video post-production at Vision Globale, second company in Quebec in this sector. We have also negociated the first IATSE collective convention in the cinema-tv sets construction sector with FADA (local 514 since May 2008). This confirms our growing presence in the culture industry and our willingness to diversify our presence in the arts and culture industry in Quebec.