Local USA 829 News

Chicago Seminar: Personal Negotiation for Live Performance, April 10, 2017.
Personal Negotiation for Live Performance
Monday, April 10
6:00-8:30 pm
Chicago USA 829 office:
111 N. Wabash Ave, Suite 2107

This seminar, led by USA 829 Business Rep. for Live Performance Carl Mulert, will help designers navigate the process involved in arriving at a positive resolution to your agreement when working in live performance. At the conclusion, you should have the tools necessary to handle the business of your career. Download the application PDF from here:


Agreement Reached for Off-Broadway, March 9, 2017.
(New York, NY | Thursday, March 09, 2017)  The Off-Broadway League and United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829, IATSE have announced that they have negotiated an inaugural contract for the first-ever Agreement for Off-Broadway Designers.  The historic deal was reached amicably, after negotiations concluded early morning on Saturday, March 4th (ironically on the birthday of the Off-Broadway League which was founded on March 4, 1959).  Upon ratification, the three year agreement memorializing standard practice in the industry will go into effect July 2017.
"Off-Broadway has always been a champion of artists and their work," said Adam Hess, President of the League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers. "These productions could not happen without the contributions of the talented designers of USA. The Off-Broadway League is very grateful to USA for a successful negotiation fueled by mutual respect and a desire to work together to find creative solutions to the economic challenges facing our community. We hope this new agreement will foster more opportunities for our artists in the Off-Broadway community and beyond."
"This negotiation was both historic and a true example of what the process should be; the two sides came together and through consideration of the needs of both labor and management, created an agreement that will form the basis for what we hope is a long and mutually beneficial working relationship," said Cecilia Friederichs, National Business Agent for United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829.
United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829, is a labor union and professional association of Designers, Artists and Craftspeople, many who are world-famous, organized to protect craft standards, working conditions and wages for the entertainment and decorative arts industries. The members of Local USA 829 are Artists and Designers working in film, theatre, opera, ballet, television, industrial shows, commercials and exhibitions. The current active membership totals just over 4,300.
The Off-Broadway League was founded in 1959 to foster theatrical productions produced in Off-Broadway theatres, to assist in the voluntary exchange of information among its members, and to serve as the collective voice of its membership in pursuit of these goals. 2016-2017 Licenses: $25, June 26, 2016.

Discounted subscriptions to 2016-2017 are available to IATSE members in good standing. The cost for the year’s license is $25.00 and subscriptions begin September 1, 2016 and ends August 31, 2017.

If you wish purchase a Lynda license please send a check to Local USA 829’s office by July 15th, 2016 at:

United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829
29 West 38th Street, Floor 15
New York, NY 10015
Attn: Cathy Keator

Make your checks payable to: United Scenic Artists Local USA 829 **. Checks received in Local USA 829’s office after July 15, 2016, may not have access to their account by September 1, 2016.  Accounts will become active within 10 business days of receipt of the enrollment forms/check from the local union by the IATSE office in NY.

In the MEMO line of your check please write:
LYNDA 2016-2017

If you have any questions, please contact
Financial Secretary Cathy Santucci-Keator at: 212-581-0300

** Also please provide the e-mail address you wish to use for your registration. Once your information is forwarded to the International you will be contacted via e-mail directly by to set up your account. Make sure you have in your e-mail contacts or approved senders list.

New Website Login for Members, October 4, 2010.

Welcome to the new USA 829 website!

Members: Your log-in data has changed. To log in as a member, you must use the following data:

Username = Your valid e-mail address, as found in the USA 829 member database.
     Contact any USA 829 office immediately to register your e-mail address if they don't already have it. Without that, you cannot log in to this website! Please don't assume that the union has the correct address for you: call them and verify it now.

Password = Your CAPITALIZED First Name InitialCAPITALIZED Last Name Initial +
     last 4 digits of Social Security #.
     Example: the Password for John Doe with SS# of 123-45-6789 would be JD6789.
     The Password is always case-sensitive, so JD6789 will work, while jd6789 or Jd6789 or jD6789 will not.

NOTE: Foreign members have been assigned a Password that uses their initials with their member number instead of the last four numbers of the SS#.