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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. 

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Action: Top Priorities for Entertainment Workers in Subsequent COVID-19 Legislation

Letter writing campaign, contact your representatives now. Personalize your letter for better effect. The following goals are from the IATSE C.A.R.E.S. announcement.

Congress has begun to pursue additional federal legislation in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The entertainment industry will continue to be disproportionately impacted by this health crisis and we need to ensure that that subsequent COVID-19 legislation puts workers first. We must act now and urge our representatives to include the following priorities in any subsequent legislation:

· Make sure workers in all states have access to COVID-19 relief by demanding that states ramp up and improve their unemployment claim processing.

· Preserve workers’ healthcare and ensure that no-one loses their benefits by passing a 100 percent COBRA premium subsidy to keep families insured on their job-based healthcare plan and extend eligibility to 36 months.

· Extend the “CARES” Act’s unemployment insurance provisions for as long as the health crisis persists.

· Allow all nonprofits fair access to the government economic support in the Paycheck Protection Program – including labor unions, the staffs of which are providing vital assistance to members around the clock and face the same hardships that small businesses face.

· Protect the healthy pension plans and earned pension checks of entertainment workers by allowing multiemployer plans to implement policies that safeguarded pensions after the Great Recession, such as freezing zone status, smoothing investment losses, and doing no harm to healthy pension plans.

· Update the Qualified Performing Artist tax deduction, allowing creative professionals to keep more of our hard-earned money by deducting necessary business expenses from their taxes, now due in July.

· Provide direct economic support for organizations in the arts, entertainment, and media industries with appropriate workforce restoration requirements to get people back to work when it is safe to do so.

· And finally, we must protect entertainment workers still performing essential work in news media and converting facilities into temporary field hospitals by requiring the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard.

Start writing your letter.

Rigging and ETCP Prep Course

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 coming week, Monday Nov. 22nd beginning at 10:30am, join Bobby 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: Nov. 22nd, 2021
LOCATION: Long Center Dell Hall, Austin Texas
INSTRUCTOR: Robert Koch, ETCP certified
This course is made possible through the IATSE TTF Course Reimbursement Program

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]

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.

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.