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Boom Operation Training with Patrick Crowley

It’s not too late to register for the class tomorrow! Just email *protected 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 gro.1575581849502es1575581849tai@n1575581849oitac1575581849ude1575581849Walk-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 gro.5157558184902est1575581849ai@of1575581849ni1575581849. 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.

Unionism Class Oct 28th

Growth = Strength
Growth = Strength
Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 2 PM – 4:30 PM IBEW Local 520 Meeting Hall (3rd Floor) 4818 E Ben White Blvd, Ste 300, Austin, Texas 78741 Interested in becoming a member of IATSE Local 205 – Austin Texas? Or would you like to learn more about IATSE and the Labor Movement? Attending is your first step! This 2-hour discussion will introduce the importance of unions, the benefits of membership, and the history of the IATSE. You can RSVP on the Facebook Event or contact the Vice President about about attending.

Support Jon Stewart’s Medical Expenses

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.

2017 Stagehands Cookout Flyer

2017 Austin Stagehand Cookout! (Tuesday!)

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.

You can also RSVP on facebook at the event page:
Stagehand Cookout 2017

Festivities include:
– Food
– Stagehand Games
– Team Building
– BYOB

Bring yourselves, your fellow Austin area stagehands, members and non-members alike, and your families!

It sounds like there will be T-Shirts again this year.  Some will be available as prizes in the games, but if you want one be sure to bring a little cash to purchase.

For information about coordinating items to bring and or volunteering to help setup and tear down, please see the facebook event for the most current information.

 

 

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

Tri-Union Holiday Hootenanny! Tomorrow Dec. 4th!

Holiday Hootenanny

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!

In solidarity,
Mikela Cowan
YWC chair
For the Facebook inclined, there is some more details on the 484’s facebook event.

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).

DELL/EMC World 2016

DELL/EMC World (and lots of other work in October)

Brothers and Sisters,

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.5157558184902est1575581849ai@ll1575581849ahgni1575581849rih1575581849 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.

In Solidarity,
Nikki Combs
Business Agent
I.A.T.S.E. Local 205

Stage Alliance ‘B Rate’ Is No More!

With the recent wage dispute concluded and subsequent settlement checks mailed out, Stage Alliance Inc. contacted IATSE Local 205 with a new wage proposal for consideration:

“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.