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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is no cost to attend the seminar, however you must RSVP to so that we can plan for how many people will attend.
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.
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.
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.
What type of courses are available?
There are thousands of courses in categories such as:
Audio and Music CAD Design Photography Video 3D and Animation
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:
Email the education address 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, please email or call VP Drga at 512-589-8402.
The following documents were provided by Local 205 regarding info & sign up process.