Brothers and Sisters, The Paramount Theatre has set up a Go Fund Me page for Brother John Stewart, the link to which is https://www.gofundme.com/gtnsea-john. This is what is reported by Cathy McDonald at the Paramount about John’s progress:
John is currently doing out-patient Physical and occupational therapy at the St. David’s Stroke and Rehab Hospital twice weekly and continues to show improvement, although certainly not as quickly as he would like.
Local 205 Young Workers Committee is hosting our 3rd Annual Stagehand Cookout next week! All Austin area stagehands welcome, regardless of union affiliation. Also note, as with almost all young worker hosted events, you do not have to be a “young worker” to attend.
Tuesday, Sept 26th, 2017 (4pm – 8pm) Due to rain and a forecast for thunderstorms, tonight’s Austin Stagehand Cookout hosted is MOVING LOCATION from Martin Park to IBEW #520 Union Hall, 4818 E. Ben White Blvd., Austin, TX. 78741.
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 please email me back, thank you so much!
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.
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.
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
Also be sure to PRINT your cheat sheet or endorsements, phones are discouraged at the polls.
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.
Dell World is moving into Austin Convention Center on October 14th and out on October 20th under several clients including Production Support Services, Las Vegas, GES and Freeman AV to name the largest. We need approximately 200 technicians and hands to fill all the calls. Therefore, we are requesting ALL members who are available to work this October and November to please call in and support your union.
We have crew calls at Paramount theater for Austin Film Fest and several other small jobs that have been added this week as well.
Due to the busy nature of these two months, you may report your availability to work in three ways: call into the HH phone number or, email gro.5154253715302est1542537153ai@ll1542537153ahgni1542537153rih1542537153 or, wishlist jobs that you are available to work on Call Steward. (Note, if you wishlist a job, you are reporting that you are available for any position and for the entire job as there is no mechanism in Call Steward to request certain positions or days.) Set your vacation manager for days not available.
Whichever way you choose, report your availability for this specific time frame as soon as possible and we will endeavor to put you to work.
I.A.T.S.E. Local 205
“Stage Alliance proposes paying out $17.25 on all stagehand wages at Long Center and UT Texas Performing Arts for the remainder of this CBA with Local 205. This would eliminate the B wage completely, provided that Local 205 agrees to freeze the wage increase for stagehand positions only on LCPA and TPA events; scheduled to take effect 10/1/2016. Stage Alliance proposes NO other changes to the wage addendum set for October 1st until the end of the current CBA.”
On September 28th 2016, IATSE Local 205 members voted to accept this proposal. On October 1, 2016 all rated positions with the exception of ‘stagehands’, will receive the scheduled 1% pay increase. However, stagehands will now receive $17.25 for all work at Long Center’s Dell Hall and all venues of Texas Performing Arts. Eliminating the B stagehand wage rate is something Local 205 has pushed for during the last two contract negotiations, so we are very happy to finally see it gone! This change will remain in effect until the current contract expires on September 30, 2017.