This contract will set minimum rates and employment rules for creators and artisans working on Broadway. The Association of Scenic Artists was founded in 1895 under the title “United Scenic Artists Association”, which was briefly a native of IATSE. Finally, the AFL-CIO decided that the native should leave IATSE and join the painters` union. Instead, the organization opted for independence. This lasted until 1918, when judicial interventions imposed membership in the IBPAT. However, the Brotherhood has been guaranteed full autonomy in its historical and traditional jurisdiction. On June 21, 1918, during their regular meeting at the Geneva Hall in New York, the Scenic Artists voted to accept a charter as the United Scenic Artists of America (i.e., the USAA is still in the union logo) as Local 829, an independent native of the Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators and Paper Hangers of America. From that moment on, Local 829 grew up around stage designers, costumes and lighting, mural and diorama artists, painters, production and art directors, commercial costume designers, storyboard artists and, more recently, computer artists, art section coordinators, soundDesigners and projections working in all areas of the entertainment industry. In 1983, a group of West Coast designers decided to engage with United Scenic Artists, and the Union opened a regional office in Los Angeles to use them. In March 1990, a merger with IBPAT Local 350 was completed in Chicago, thus gaining jurisdiction over the United States. Finally, on 27 April 1999, after suffering for decades from a debilitating lack of common interest with IBPAT, membership of United Scenic Artists Local 829 voted overwhelmingly to take over the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and distance itself from IBPAT. The vote reflected the belief that IATSE, an entertainment union, would provide better representation for United Scenic Artists working in all kinds of theatre, dance, film, television, opera and commercial production in the United States and around the world. At an extraordinary meeting of the AI General Executive Board, United Scenic Artist`s re-membership application was unanimously adopted and was born United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829, IATSE.
Members of IATSE Local USA 829 (so called because another local 829 already existed in the AI) now enjoy full membership rights to IATSE. In more than a decade of existence, the native has negotiated contracts with major film studios, television channels, the Broadway League, the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), numerous performing supply companies, opera companies, ballet companies and many independent production companies.  14 This former organization, the Protective Alliance of Scenic Painters of America (PAPSA), was the first association of stage painters and in 1895 it was linked to the AFL, although it collapsed.