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OSHA-10 Training April 5-9th

Brothers and Sisters,

The IATSE Entertainment & Exhibition Industries Training Trust Fund is supporting Local 205 in presenting OSHA 10 training & certification this April – join us in the initiative to build a 100% certified workforce!

The workshop is scheduled 4/5 – 4/9, meeting 9:00am-noon online via Zoom.

Attendance is limited, free for IATSE members, those completing all course requirements will earn a valuable industry certification and wallet card.

Presented by Brother Patrick Crowley, don’t miss this opportunity to participate in one of our most appreciated training opportunities!

What is OSHA 10 G.E.S.?

OSHA ten hour training is a safety certification recognized & required across many industries, the OSHA General Entertainment Safety version however uses examples from the entertainment industry, created by IATSE members for IATSE members!

Why should I become OSHA 10 certified?

In addition to the employment opportunities available to certified workers, becoming certified strengthens the IATSE and positions our workforce to remain the recognized industry leader in safety. A certified workforce empowers IATSE leadership in bargaining and aids in competition in securing represented work.

To register for the April training/certification opportunity [click here]

COVID-19 Safety Training Flyer

IATSE COVID-19 Safety Training 3-25

Brothers and Sisters,

The IATSE Training Trust has created COVID-19 safety training intended to guide our workforce in returning to work:

COVID-19: Recommended Guidelines for Preventing Exposure in the Workplace.  

In February the class was revised, updated and is now available to present in a group format.  In addition to essential information and best practices this course discusses administrative controls to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our workplaces.

Brother Davis has agreed to introduce this important training online via Zoom, tentatively Thursday March 25th at 2:00pm.

To register email: 

If you are unable to attend Thursday’s class another option available to members is the self-directed version offered by the IATSE TTF.  The content will be the same but without the benefit of group discussion and sharing of information specific to our jurisdiction.   Learn more about IATSE “Safety First” self-directed training modules.

Train the Trainer Flyer

IATSE Train the Trainer Courses

The IATSE Training Trust is offering a three-day, 4½ hours per day, Train the Trainer intensive in a distance-learning format.

This workshop is intended for individual trainers who actively teach craft skills or safety classes for their local or are developing those classes for their local. What can trainers expect?

  • Approaches to training-specific content including active learning and critical thinking techniques for in-person and online delivery
  • Online facilitation techniques
  • Selecting materials that connect the learner to content in a meaningful way
  • Hands-on practice designing outlines and lesson plans.

The workshop is for trainers of every experience level.

Upcoming opportunities, attendance is limited:

May 19-21
July 14-16
September 15-17
December 1-3

Email interest by clicking the link below: 

Entertainment Safety Training 2/11

Next week Assistant Business Agent Davis is teaching an IATSE Training Trust created class, Introduction to Basic Entertainment Safety.

Video conference 2:00pm-3:00pm Thursday 2/11.

Introduction to Basic Entertainment Safety Flyer
Safety Course Flyer

THIS COURSE PROVIDES A GENERAL INTRODUCTION INTO THE WORLD OF WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY. IT EXPLAINS WHY WORKER HEALTH AND SAFETY IS IMPORTANT, WHY INJURIES AND ILLNESSES OCCUR IN THE WORKPLACE, EFFECTIVE INJURY AND ILLNESS PREVENTION PROGRAMS, METHODS OF HAZARD IDENTIFICATION AND CONTROL, AND STRATEGIES TO PROMOTE HEALTH AND SAFETY.

Class is exclusive to IATSE members and individuals who have worked under an IATSE contract that contributes to the TTF, Freeman AV for example.

Email interest to .

2021 Local 205 Unionism Classes

Any who are interested in joining IATSE Local 205 as a member are required to attend one unionism class before applying.

Our next online unionism class offerings (via Zoom due to COVID restrictions on meetings) will be held:

Sunday, April 25, 2021, 2-5PM CST
Register in advance for this meeting: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvfuGrqz0sEtQ8QvcdEzBHF5MYzyxSH8bJ

Sunday, July 25, 2021, 2-5PM CST
Register in advance for this meeting: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYudu2prj0qGtZICBgFKAlrFZ1NnXV7nhiF

Sunday, October 24, 2021, 2-5PM CST
Register in advance for this meeting: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwkceqvqDgoGd3HGq29uFpbwX3qUuX-yBqU

Please register in advance.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
All of the classes above are currently online via Zoom and are subject to change as we adjust to developments per C-19. 

OSHA-10 Entertainment Classes in Nov. 2020

For 205 Members via Announce:

Brothers and Sisters, Next month Brother Patrick Crowley will present OSHA 10 Entertainment, a unique approach to gaining a certification that many employers and workplaces now require.

Temporarily allowed by OSHA to be presented online and divided into five small sessions, this workshop was designed by IATSE members and utilizes examples from the entertainment industry. 

OSHA 10 certification cards will be provided to 15 attendees that meet all instruction requirements.

Offered at no cost to IATSE members, enrollment is limited.  Email interest to the Vice President.

OSHA 10 – Entertainment – November 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 (9am-noon)

Also worth noting that some of the only work available during COVID right now is construction/installation work. Many of these jobsites require OSHA-10, and it’s not something you can get last minute.

RISE 2.0 Info Flyer

RISE2 Financial Assistance Opportunity for Austin/Travis Co. Residents

City of Austin / Travis County has made available another relief program for households impacted by loss of work due to COVID-19. RISE 2.0 $2000 relief grants will be dispersed via a lottery to applicants who qualify.

For more details visit the program page:
https://www.austintexas.gov/article/covid-19-relief-state-emergency-rise-fund

To qualify your monthly household income, including UI benefits, has to be below twice (2x) the poverty level, and have lost work/income due to COVID-19.

Applications are accepted Sept. 14th through 7pm on Sept. 21st.

You can apply online here:
https://fund.uptogether.org/rise2

Or apply by phone:
(512) 714-6950

Additionally…

The existing RENT Assistance program applications are still ongoing for households making less than 80% of the MFI (Median Family Income). Providing up to 3 months of rent assistance.

August Financial Aid Opportunities for Austin Residents

Two opportunities became available in August for Austin residents.

RENT Assistance

This program is being periodically funded by the COA, last round of funding and applications was opened on August 19th, which may still have funds available, but is also somewhat first come first serve. There are income thresholds to qualify, and awards are decided via lottery.

Creative Workers Relief Grant

The Creative Worker Relief Grant is a direct result of advocacy on part of Austin’s Chapter of Soundgirls.org in partnership with IATSE Local 205 to earmark some of the CARES Act municipal funding for creative worker relief. It provides for up to a $2000 grant to cover expenses incurred due to COVID-19 loss of income from March 1st to August 17th. This program was definitely designed with live event professionals in mind, among many other disproportionately affected creative fields.

Apply online through August 28th at 5pm.

You can start/stop the application process at any time, so feel free to start it now so you can become familiar with the questions. The video webinar above and FAQ on their site are also excellent resources.

Additional eligibility questions can be fielded by:
Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts
Email:  
Call: 512-588-9971

For application process technical support:
Austin Better Business Bureau
Email: 
Call: 512-318-2683

Awards are to be split. 50% of them are based on a weighted matrix of vulnerability. The other 50% are lottery based. They are NOT based on how quickly you get your application in.

Thank You SoundGirls!
IATSE Local 205
Thank you IATSE Local 205!

TWC’s Lost Wage Assistance Program ($300 extra)

UPDATE: TWC Has reported that the last week that will pay the LWA $300 extra is the workweek ending Sept 5th. The Funds had to be requested weekly from FEMA and after 6 weeks FEMA denied Texas’s request.

The following was sent via email to claimants 8/22 to clarify the Lost Wage Assistance Program benefit Texas is enacting due to the presidential executive order round of funding. Especially note that if your reason for loss of work on your original application was not noted as COVID-19, your next payment request should give you an opportunity to change/correct that.

The FAQ at this time does not estimate how many weeks this extra benefit will exist. Press and other sources are estimating 3-5 weeks.

Understanding the Lost Wage Assistance Program

On August 20, 2020, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott authorized TWC  to submit the application for the additional $300 made available under President Trump’s Lost Wage Assistance Executive Order. TWC is working to implement this change as quickly as possible. 

To help you understand how this program may impact your benefits, we’ve compiled frequently asked questions on the Lost Wage Assistance Program.

What is the LWA program?
President Trump signed four Presidential Memorandums on Aug. 8, 2020, including one to offer enhanced unemployment insurance benefits of $300 per week. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continue to provide guidance to each state for the proper administration of the benefit. The Department of Workforce Services will continue to communicate the guidelines of the program as they are finalized by these federal agencies.

Who is eligible to receive the $300?
To be eligible for LWA benefits:

  1. Your weekly benefit amount must be $100 or more.
  2. You must receive at least $1 of benefits from one of the following programs:
    • Regular unemployment insurance
    • Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE)
    • Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Servicemembers (UCX)
    • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
    • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
    • Extended Benefits (EB)
    • Shared Work
    • Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA)
  3. You must certify that you are unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work due to disruptions caused by COVID-19.

LWA is not payable to individuals collecting Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA).

I did not certify that my claim was COVID-19 related when I first applied, can I do so now?
If you have not previously certified that your claim is COVID-19 related you will be given the opportunity to do so on your next payment request.

I’m on a shared work program, how do I certify that my reduced hours are COVID-19 related?
If you are on a shared work program, TWC will reach out to clarify if your reduction of hours is COVID-19 related.

How do I apply for the additional $300?
If you are already receiving benefits, no application is required. Continue requesting payments as normal. Our team is updating the system. Eligible claimants should receive the additional $300 a week on their first payment request on or after 8/23/2020.

Will the additional $300 be backdated?
Yes, the President’s Executive Order allows for additional $300 a week to be backdate to the week of August 1, 2020.

Will the additional $300 appear on my account?
Like the previous additional benefits, this amount will not be added to the weekly benefit amount visible on your account but will be added when deposited.

Why is it an additional $300?
This is the amount set forth in the Presidents Executive Order and agreed upon by the State of Texas.

If my weekly benefit amount is less than $100, do I receive the additional $300?
If you receive less than $100 a week of unemployment benefits you are not eligible to receive the additional $300.

Is the additional $300 paid per week?
Yes. Since TWC deposits payments every two weeks, eligible claimants will receive an extra $600 every two weeks.

I returned to work between 8/1 and 8/23, do I qualify for backdated payments?
Yes, if someone returned to work between 8/1/2020 and 8/23/2020 they may be eligible. We will review those claims and if needed reach out to those individuals.