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Rigging and ETCP Preparations Course

THIS COURSE HAS BEEN POSTPONED, BUT PLEASE CONTINUE TO USE THE EMAIL MECHANISM TO EXPRESS INTEREST FOR THE RESCHEDULED ONE.

Combining elements from a number of his rigging and safety courses, in 2020 Brother Robert Koch developed his excellent offering:
Rigging and ETCP Preparations.

Brother Koch was accepted into the first online “Training Techniques & Course Development Workshop” and this class, first presented locally for 205, is now part of the IATSE Train the Trainer curriculum library!

This week, Wednesday June 30th beginning at 10:00am, join Bobby online for another opportunity to celebrate our craft and learn from a leading industry professional.  Offering something for every skill level, however those eligible to test for ETCP rigging certification should not miss this opportunity!

Free for IATSE members and those working under IATSE contracts, flyer below:  

Email interest to: 

The IATSE TTF course description:
This course provides a general introduction to the profession of Event Rigging, as well as preparation for others wishing to elevate and become a Certified Rigging Technician. Topics include review of responsibilities, people in charge, policies, liabilities, tools and equipment used, proper procedures, formulas and calculations, as well as many OSHA requirements. Through this course students gain an understanding of basic and advanced skills used throughout the entertainment industry.
•    Gain an overall understanding of the production process
•    How to interpret and understand weights and ratings
•    Proper use of tools and equipment, including basic troubleshooting methods
•    Safe methods for proper placement and positioning of equipment
•    OSHA requirements for Rigging and Fall Protection
•    Requirements needed to possibly become a ETCP certified technician
DATE: June 30, 2021
LOCATION: Video Conference
INSTRUCTOR: Robert Koch, ETCP certified
This course is made possible through the IATSE TTF Course Reimbursement Program

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]

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. 

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!

Stamp Out Hunger with NALC and AFL-CIO

The following is a message from our sisters and brothers at AFL-CIO and the National Association of Letter Carriers:

Sisters, Brothers & Kin,

The need for food relief has never been greater and neither is our determination to help. Throughout this COVID-19 pandemic, the labor movement has stepped up to help union members and struggling families keep food on our tables. We’re doing what the labor movement does best: joining together in solidarity, lifting each other up and serving our communities.

The AFL-CIO is proud to partner again with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) for the “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive campaign. Because of safety concerns, this year’s food drive was unable to happen as it usually does in May. This year’s campaign may be different because of the pandemic, but it is more important than ever.

NALC is asking members of the community to participate by donating food directly to food banks in their area.

Please go to nalc.org/food, select your state and find the food banks in your area.

In Solidarity,
Team AFL-CIO

Below are some central Texas food banks:

Central Texas Food Bank
6500 Metropolis Dr
Austin, TX 78744
http://centraltexasfoodbank.org/stampout

Round Rock Area Serving Center
1099 E Main St
Round Rock , TX 78664
https://www.rrasc.org/donate/

Bastrop County Emergency FP
806 Fayette St
Bastrop, TX 78602
https://www.bastropfoodpantry.org/donate/

Caldwell County Food Pantry
901 Bois D’Arc
Lockhart, TX 78644
https://www.caldwellfoodpantry.com/donate

The Caring Center
2000 Railroad Ave
Georgetown, TX 78626
https://www.caringplacetx.org/how-to-help/give/donate-online.html

Fredericksburg Food Pantry
701 Mustang
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
http://fbgfoodpantry.com

The Helping Center
1315 Broadway
Marble Falls, TX 78654
https://www.helpingcenter.org/#give

Lacare
507 W Bachanan Dr
Burnet, TX 78611
https://austincf.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create?funit_id=2244

San Antonio Food Bank
5200 Enrique Barrerra Parkway
San Antonio, TX 78227
https://safoodbank.org/donate

April Membership Meeting via Zoom the 27th

Brothers and Sisters,

To allow us to conduct business safely during the Covid-19 pandemic, International President Loeb has granted Local 205 permission to conduct membership meetings by video conference while social distancing mandates remain in effect.

Therefore, please join me for our first ever virtual membership meeting,
WHAT: APRIL REGULAR MEETING
WHEN: MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2020 AT 7:30 PM
WHERE: YOUR COUCH

This meeting will be conducted via Zoom. Please familiarize yourself with this platform. You may have received an invitation from Zoom to sign up for a user account. This is optional; you do not need a user account to participate in a meeting you are invited to, you can simply click the links provided to you. 

Note only a phone is required to join the meeting. Computer, zoom app and webcam etc are all optional. If you do dial into the meeting, Zoom also has two over-the-phone codes:
*6 to mute or un-mute
*9 to raise your hand.

To ensure security, you will need to register in advance for this meeting, check your email for an announce message containing the registration link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. When you join the meeting, expect to be held in a virtual waiting room to be admitted, so join a few minutes before 7:30 PM. Also, the meeting will be recorded for the purpose of obtaining accurate minutes. Once the minutes of the meeting are drafted, the recording will be disposed of.

As this will be our first virtual meeting, please be patient and expect challenges. I will post a meeting agenda in due course. I intend to keep it light, but if you have a particular item of business you wish to discuss, please email Secretary Twenter or myself ASAP to have it added to the agenda.

We will not hold the election for Vice-President or nominations for Treasurer at this meeting. These items are on hold until I have received advice from International. I suspect that we will be able to hold nominations virtually with proper notice, but that elections will have to wait until we can meet in person.

In Solidarity,
Rachel Magee, 
President.


Tutorial for joining a meeting:

Tutorial for joining and configuring your audio/video sources:

Call Steward 3 Coming Soon

During the past month, with the help of Assistant Business Agent Davis and Crewing Stewards Siegel and Rave, we’ve been working with Ed Hills on transitioning to the latest version of Call Steward database, Call Steward 3 and are making good progress.

Soon you will receive an email with information on how to log into your profile on the new CS3 site. This will require steps to set up and we will be available to assist you. Once we have it ready to go, we will send you the information on how to access and complete your set up.

In Solidarity,

Nikki Combs
Business Agent