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Pre-Meeting Seminar: Lighting Paperwork

Sister Katy Hallee will be presenting a pre-meeting seminar before the regular membership meeting on January 30th.  The seminar is open to all Austin area stagehands.

The topic of the seminar is “Lighting Paperwork”- primarily how to read and interpret light plots and paperwork.

Light Plot Example

The seminar will be held in the IBEW 3rd floor meeting room from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.
4818 E Ben White Blvd #300, Austin, TX 78741

To sign up, please fill out the form at: https://goo.gl/forms/UzOPUtmOPa3Ar8E82. You should receive an immediate confirmation that your sign up request was recorded.

The January regular membership meeting will begin at 7:30 pm.

In Solidarity,
Todd Drga
IATSE Local 205 Vice President

Training Seminar Monday Dec. 19th

Brother Joe Martin will be presenting a short seminar before the regular membership meeting on December 19th. The seminar is open to all area stagehands, but we request you sign up first.

The topic of the seminar is “Safety”.

stickman-tree

The seminar will be held in the IBEW 3rd floor meeting room from 5:00pm to 5:50pm.

To sign up, please fill out the form at: https://goo.gl/forms/ZohoKmSVFLlNEKNg1. You should receive an immediate confirmation that your sign up request was recorded.

As a reminder for 205 Members, the Special Meeting to discuss the 2017 Budget will occur at 6:00pm, immediately following this seminar. The Regular Membership meeting (which will include elections) will begin at 7:30 pm that night.

Tri-Union Holiday Hootenanny! Tomorrow Dec. 4th!

Holiday Hootenanny

Tomorrow is our Holiday Hootenanny that’s been in the works for some time with the 484 and IBEW folks! Today (Saturday) there’ll be sugar cookie baking madness at Jessika Dunbar’s – if you have some time between 10am-5pm please contact her or myself and please join us for baking good times! – the cookies are for the cookie decorating station at the event, if you’re curious.

Sunday – Nate from IBEW and Andrew Ferrucci will be grilling early, they would love your assistance! We’ll be decorating and setting up before the event, and cleaning up after. If you can assist with any of those , thank you so much!

In solidarity,
Mikela Cowan
YWC chair
For the Facebook inclined, there is some more details on the 484’s facebook event.

Training Seminar Monday November 28th

Austin Stagehands,

Brother Paul Arebalo and Ian “Micky” McGuane will be presenting a pre-meeting seminar before the Local 205 regular membership meeting on November 28th.

The topic of the seminar is “Essential Knots” and it will feature hands-on practice and visual presentations.  This seminar is open to ALL Austin area stagehands and is free.

This is a “very” basic class.  If you have a moment of panic and uncertainty when asked to tie a bowline or a clove hitch, then this seminar is probably for you.

Knots Tying

The seminar will be held in the IBEW 3rd floor meeting room from 6:00 pm to 7:30pm.
Please RSVP using this form.

Since there was a huge turnout for the last seminar, I’m trying a different sign up process. To sign up, please fill out the form at: https://goo.gl/forms/Q2mxAslkmrWzstFG3. You should receive an immediate confirmation that your sign up request was recorded.

If you cannot make this seminar, there are plenty of online resources for self-learning, just ask another stagehand what knots you should know and consult Grog’s Animated Knots page (or smartphone app).

Super Tuesday, Voting Day is Nov. 8th!

At the time of writing, that is TOMORROW!!

Get Out The Vote

Remember you are allowed an hour off work to go vote if necessary. 205 Young Workers have offered a “ride to the polls” option for those with limited transportation. If you need that ride contact Mikela Cowan or Riley Burgess to be dispatched, try to give them plenty of heads up though. Polling places for the 8th can be found via searching for “Where Do I Vote” and providing it your current location.  Google: https://g.co/kgs/xclv4e

Use Google to find your Polling Locations

Also be sure to PRINT your cheat sheet or endorsements, phones are discouraged at the polls.

Training Seminar Monday Oct. 24th

IATSE Local 205 is starting an educational seminar program to help raise the skill levels for all workers in Austin. These are short seminars on basic crafts and skills, presented by IATSE Local 205 for any and all Austin stagehands.

The first educational seminar will be held on Monday, October 24th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the IBEW Building, 3rd Floor meeting room, 4818 E. Ben White Blvd, Austin TX 78741.

The topic of October’s seminar is basic audio- connectors, equipment, signal flow and gain structure.

audio-cables

There is no cost to attend the seminar, however you must RSVP to so that we can plan for how many people will attend.

Todd Drga
IATSE Local 205 Vice President

Stewarding II Training Oct 5th and 6th

Via Sam Chesney, Steward Committee Chair:

Brothers and Sisters,

Local 205 will be offering Steward 2 training and testing again in October. This course is open to all members who have completed previous Stewarding courses. There is no charge associated with this class.

Dates: October 5th and 6th from 9am to 5pm
Location: IBEW 3rd Floor Meeting Hall
Please RSVP to

The Steward 2 course is for members who have completed Steward 1 training and offers additional instruction in writing grievances, investigating complaints and incidents, dealing with management, CBA analysis, Call Steward, Hiring Hall paperwork, and a lot more. In addition, the second day, October 6th, we will be offering the Steward exam.

Note that the Business Agent is under standing orders from the membership to appoint and crew stewards who have passed this test and attended these classes above other considerations. Also note that in order to keep your qualified steward status you are required to re-certify bi-annually.

Sam Chesney
Chair, Steward’s Committee

Texas AFL-CIO

AFL-CIO Labor Day Fish Fry

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The annual TX AFL-CIO Labor Day Fish Fry celebration will occur on:

Friday, September 2, 2016 starting at 5PM  at NALC 181 Union Hall (National Assoc. of Letter Carriers),  601 Williams Street, Austin, TX. 78752.

Freshly fried fish, side dishes and beverages (beer and soft drinks) are available to you upon the purchase of a $10 ticket. All proceeds go towards raising funds for the Central Labor Council who help push labor friendly legislation at the local level and support labor friendly legislation at the state level.

I have tickets available so that you may purchase your ticket now. Either contact me in person, or purchase your ticket from me at the August regular meeting.

This is a fun way to welcome in the Labor Day weekend. I hope you will attend.

In Solidarity,
President Magee.