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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 .

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.

Boom Operation Training with Patrick Crowley

It’s not too late to register for the class tomorrow! Just email to register for the class. Space is limited.

If you miss this class, it’s not the end of the world. Patrick will be teaching these classes every quarter, so there will be more opportunities.

The class teaches safe operation of boom lifts, scissor lifts and aerial work platforms. In addition to the class for certification, Patrick holds a practice session in the afternoon for hands on practice. The classes are held at Briggs Equipment rental.

IATSE Local 205 Membership Drive and Unionism Education

205 Membership Drive Flyer

2019 Membership Drive

The membership drive starts April 1, 2019 and ends June 30, 2019. Anyone submitting an application for membership during this time period will have their application and initiation fees reduced by 50%. Normally, our initiation fee is $200 and our application fee is $100, total cost $300. But during our membership drive, these fees will be reduced to $100 and $50 respectively, $150 total cost.

To become a member of IATSE Local 205 you must be a resident of Austin or the greater Austin area for at least 18 consecutive months before you apply. The application procedure is as follows:

STEP ONE

Attend one of our unionism classes. Classes are held at the IBEW #520 union hall, 3rd Floor, 4818 E. Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX. 78741. Membership drive classes will be held on the following dates:

Sunday April 7th, 2pm-4:30pm
Friday, May 3rd, 2pm-4:30pm
Sunday, June 2nd, 2pm-4:30pm

For hiring hall subscribers, these classes are on Call Steward and can be wish listed. FaceBook events have been created on our FaceBook page, which you can RSVP your desire to attend. Alternatively, you can sign up to attend a class by emailing Walk-ins are also welcome.

STEP TWO

After attending our unionism class, you must request an applicant interview with Local 205’s Executive Board by emailing . Interviews for our membership drive will be conducted at the following dates and times:

Monday, April 29, 6pm
Monday, May 20, 10m
Monday, June 24, 6pm

When making your interview request, please make clear the date you wish to be interviewed.

Interviews will be conducted at our union office: 4818 E. Ben White Blvd., Suite 204, Austin, TX. 78741. Applicants granted an interview should bring with them a $100 check/cashier’s check or money order made payable to Local 205, and a $50 cashier’s check/money order made payable to IATSE. Note, IATSE does not accept personal checks.

Interviews will only be granted to those who have completed steps one and two above. Interviews are by invitation only, we cannot accept walk-ins.

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 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).