Yearly Archives: 2015

IATSE Local 205

Education! Stewards’ Training Program Reboot

From the Education Committee via Vice President Drga:

Brothers and Sisters,

Local 205 will be presenting another round of Steward training classes. We have expanded the Steward training into three separate classes:

Steward Training I – open to all members and required for apprentices. The objective of this class is to introduce the Steward’s job and responsibilities, how workers relate to the Steward and Union, Unionism and Solidarity, reading and understanding a contract, and safety on the job.

Steward Training II – open to all members. This class will prepare members to act as Stewards on the job. Topics will include advanced contract interpretation, representation on the job, Investigation of incidents and complaints and proper completion of Steward paperwork. There will be a test at the end of this class and graduates that pass the test are eligible to become certified Stewards.  If you are already a certified Steward, then you must take this class and pass the test to re-certify.

Steward Training III – by invitation – This class will focus on advanced aspects of the grievance process, including filing, investigation, and taking grievances to arbitration. Graduates of this class will be involved in formation of a Local 205 Grievance Committee.

Note that each of these classes will be 2 days long and you must attend both days. The dates for the upcoming classes are:

Steward I :  Jan 12-13, 2016

Steward II : Feb 5-6, 2016

Steward II :  Sometime in May/June 2016

Steward III :  Sometime in May/June 2016

These classes are offered to Local 205 members at no cost. Please keep in mind that there is a significant cost in materials and time to present each class, so if you sign up for a class we expect you to attend.

To register,  with your intent to attend.

Texas AFL-CIO

Education! AFL-CIO Organizing Classes

From the Organizing Committee via Vice President Drga:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Local 205 has made arrangements to present a two day Organizing Training class.
This class is taught by the AFL-CIO and it is open for all members to attend.

More details to follow but here is what you need to know now:

The class will be held at the IBEW building on August 25th and 26th. You must attend both days.

Class hours are 9am to 5pm with one hour for lunch

There is no cost to attend.

To register to attend .

Education! IATSE and Lynda.com

From the Education Committee via Vice President Drga:

Brothers and Sisters,

IATSE has contracted with Lynda.com to provide a significant discount for online training courses. The regular price for the Premium membership is $375 per year, but we will pay only $20. This discount is only available to IATSE members in good standing.

Please note that the deadline for enrollment through Local 205 is August 10th.

If you have any questions, please  contact me.

In Solidarity,  
Todd Drga
IATSE Local 205 Vice President

Further instructions and info sheets were provided via an announce email to the membership. View the International’s post about it too.

Build Craft, Leadership, and Business Skills in a Cost Effective and Flexible Learning Environment on lynda.com

What is lynda.com?

A leading on-line educator with an extensive library targeting the latest software, creative, and business skills via high-quality instructional videos taught by recognized experts and working professionals.

What do we get?

The IATSE has contracted for all interested IATSE members to have a “Premium” membership.

An Individual annual membership normally costs as much as $375 per year, but IATSE members and local leaders will be able to purchase individual premium annual memberships that will run from September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016, for only $20 each.

Unlimited access from any desktop or mobile device 24/7

Over 2,500 courses on a wide variety of technologies and disciplines, across all skill levels, with new courses added every week.

Up-to-date content

What type of courses are available?

There are thousands of courses in categories such as:

CRAFT

Audio and Music
CAD
Design
Photography
Video
3D and Animation

LEADERSHIP

Negotiation
Time Management
Conflict Resolution
Communication
Business Writing

SOFTWARE

Microsoft: Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, Word
Google: Gmail, Calendar, Docs
Adobe: Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator

How do I sign up?

Enrollment is through Local 205. You need to do both of the following:

to provide the email address you wish to use for your lynda.com registration and your date of birth. This information is required for registration.

Mail a check for $20 to Treasurer Kelso with “Lynda training” on the memo line. If you are not in good standing, you must pay all outstanding financial obligations (with a separate check) before you can enroll.

Mail your check(s) to Treasurer Kelso at:

PO Box 142
Austin TX 78767

The deadline for receiving your enrollment request is August 10th. This will allow the enrollments to be processed before the subscription begins on September 1st .

After August 10th, Local 205 will submit the enrollment information and payment to the International.

Once your information is processed by the International, you will be contacted via email directly by lynda.com to set up your account.

If you have any questions about this enrollment process,  or call VP Drga at 512-589-8402.

The following documents were provided by Local 205 regarding info & sign up process.

Fast Track Bill is back from the dead…

via AFL-CIO…

If you’ve watched any zombie movie or episode of “The Walking Dead,” you know that you can never let your guard down until you’re sure all the zombies around you are dead.

The Fast Track zombie bill is no different. Last week, the House stopped Fast Track but didn’t kill it. And yesterday, John Boehner and the Republican leaders in the House brought it back from the dead—and it’s worse than ever. Not only have they stripped out assistance for workers who’ve lost their jobs because of bad trade deals that were originally attached to the bill, but they’ve weakened human trafficking protections and added a provision that would prevent the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other future trade deals from addressing climate change.

We need to spread the word about this new, uglier Fast Track zombie bill to stop it. Share this graphic with your friends now!

14 Democratic senators—Michael Bennet (D-CO), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Tom Carper (D-DE), Christopher Coons (D-DE), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Patty Murray (D-WA), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mark Warner (D-VA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR)—voted the wrong way on Fast Track last time. We need to make them realize that Republican leaders made empty promises to get their vote.

We’ve got an opportunity to turn them in the right direction, but we need to put pressure on them today because the vote could come up any time this week. We need to stop this terrible zombie bill or more jobs will be shipped overseas, more workers will see their wages lowered and corporations will be given even more power over our communities.

Check out our graphic, then share it with your friends to spread the word about this critical week to kill the Fast Track zombie bill.

In Solidarity,

Celeste
——————
Celeste Drake
Trade and Globalization Policy Specialist, AFL-CIO

Check your Spam Folders…

A friendly heads-up from the Communications Committee.  A couple of recent automated work requests from our Stage Alliance labor providing partner made their way to my gmail spam folder.  Had never done so before, something may have changed that might cause this for others right now, check your spam, don’t miss work!

Make a call to stop Fast Track!

Congress just introduced a Fast Track bill that will allow massive trade deals to be negotiated behind closed doors. If Fast Track passes, it would virtually guarantee the passage of trade deals that will ship jobs overseas and sell out US workers for corporate profit.

Call your members of Congress and tell them to oppose Fast Track because it’s undemocratic and will drive down wages for workers like you.

AFL-CIO Campaign to STOP FAST TRACK

AFL-CIO Campaign to STOP FAST TRACK