Read the announcement about the wage proposal agreed to on Oct. 28th. Also the arbitration settlement checks should be in your hands.
This page gathers important information and updates for the Stage Alliance Inc. bargaining unit workers. This is ALL current Stage Alliance Inc. non-manager/staff employees. All Stage Alliance employees should read the articles below, watch for any email updates coming from “IA205 Info” <>, and check this page for future updates.
Dear Stage Alliance Employees:
Welcome! As a Stage Alliance employee, you are part of the Stage Alliance “bargaining unit” and are represented by IATSE Local 205. Read on for an explanation of what this means, how it affects you and who we (the union) are.
IATSE Local 205 is the local chapter of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (sometimes known as the IA), the union that represents those working in the entertainment industry. Please visit iatse.net to become acquainted with the scope, reach and goals of the IATSE.
Local 205 represents stage employees working in live entertainment in Austin, namely theater, exhibition trade shows, conventions, and concerts. Our members are just like you: we’re stagehands, we do the same work, and we are concerned about the standards in our industry. As union members, we have a voice in our contracts, including the one you are working under for Stage Alliance. We believe unions give you the power to control your wages and working conditions. You can visit iatse205.org to learn more about us.
Local 205 has a contract (Collective Bargaining Agreement) with Stage Alliance that determines wages, benefits, call minimums, breaks, worker safety, discipline and termination policy, and so on. This Agreement is negotiated by Local 205 and enforced by the Local 205 Union Steward on each Stage Alliance call.
THE SA REP
The SA Rep represents Stage Alliance’s interests. Their job is to foster good relations and enforce the contracts between Stage Alliance and its clients, namely the venue or company they are providing labor for. The SA Rep is management’s representative, not your representative.
The Union Steward is not the “SA Rep” (even though sometimes the same individual is assigned as the SA Rep on one call and then as a Union Steward on another). The Union Steward’s job is to serve as your representative, protecting you and your rights, and policing the Agreement between Local 205 and Stage Alliance. The Union Steward is the legal equal to management’s representatives. If you have any questions about your rights, your Steward is the person to talk to. If you ever feel that you are being told to do something that is unsafe, immediately consult with your Steward.
Because you are working for Stage Alliance under a union Agreement, you have rights that don’t apply to non-union work. Some of those rights are:
If you feel you have been unfairly treated by Stage Alliance, immediately bring your complaint to the attention of your Union Steward. If your complaint has merit, your Steward will file a grievance on your behalf and the union will pursue the grievance procedure until the grievance is resolved.
Also, if you are asked to attend a meeting with Stage Alliance management, and you think that the meeting will lead to disciplinary action, you can insist that a union representative accompany you. These are your Weingarten Rights, one of the most important ways that the union protects you from unfair or unwarranted discipline.
Again, it is important to note that none of these advantages are available to you without a union collective bargaining agreement in place, because employers do not give these conditions freely. These advantages are bargained for through the collective strength of a unified group, which is much stronger than the negotiating power of an individual.
The representation and of the conditions mentioned above apply to all Stage Alliance employees, including the health and annuity benefits which Stage Alliance pays on your behalf. These benefits are not for union members only- they are for all Stage Alliance workers. If you receive a packet from the IATSE National Benefits Fund, it is more than likely you have qualified to receive health insurance. It is an insurance enrollment packet, not a solicitation to join the union. Please get in touch with your Union Steward for more information about how to access your benefits, or go to the National Benefits Fund website to create and account to begin taking advantage of your benefits, http://www.iatsenbf.org/
In exchange for the many benefits Local 205 offers, we ask everyone to make a small contribution to help cover our operating costs. We ask that for every dollar you earn under your union contract, you donate a nickel to the Local (or 5% of your gross income). The money collected ensures we can represent everyone to the fullest extent. Without these funds, we would not have the resources necessary to take a dispute all the way to arbitration. In 2016, we took a wage dispute to arbitration and won. Details can be found here.
To contribute 5% to Local 205, you must sign a work assessment check off form and turn it in to the Steward. You can print one here or ask your Union Steward for one. You only have to fill out one form for all Stage Alliance work, not one for each call.
Remember, we ask everyone to contribute because everyone benefits.
If you would like to consider union membership, ask your Union Steward for information about joining Local 205. It is always exciting when Austin stagehands consider union membership with Local 205! The more members we have, the stronger we are. The stronger we are as an organization, the more power we have to make positive changes to our jobs and our industry.
Did You Know?
- IATSE Local 205 recently defended your wages, which required going all the way to arbitration, and WON.
- With a 50% discounted application fee until the end of October 2016 there has never been a better time to join IATSE Local 205! Discount is valid if you start the application process before Oct. 31st.
- To stay informed about Stage Alliance Inc. topics you can sign up for our low-traffic email bulletins, you can also subscribe to receive updates to this website (form is in the upper right of the news section).
- IATSE Local 205 will be hosting an intensive week long corporate A/V training session in December 2016, with instructors from InfoComm and equipment provided by Freeman AV. Stay tuned for more information or contact .
- Stage Alliance ‘B Rate’ Is No More! (9/29/2016) - 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 ...continue reading
- Stage Alliance Pay It Right Update – September 2016 (9/26/2016) - The shows listed below are the shows that were previously paid at the B wage, but have been reclassified to A wage as settlement of the arbitration between IATSE Local 205 and Stage Alliance. Ballet Folklorico Screw Tape Letters UB40 Bollywood Massala Work Call on 10/27/16 Neil Gaiman Vietnamese Live Les Ballets Trocadero ASO Pops ...continue reading
- Union vs. Stage Alliance Wage Dispute Arbitration RESULT! (8/10/2016) - Dear Stage Alliance Employees: I am pleased to announce that IATSE Local 205 won it’s grievance against Stage Alliance in regard to the dispute over Long Center wages. Additionally, the arbitrator granted the remedies we were seeking. The details are as follows: Although the arbitrator ruled that Stage Alliance did not fail to bargain with ...continue reading
- Stage Alliance Inc. Update (7/16/2016) - Attention all Stage Alliance Inc. Employees. Below is an update on the Stage Alliance Inc. wage dispute arbitration proceedings. Additionally we've created a handy page in the news section to catch all the Stage Alliance Inc. updates moving forward. The arbitration hearing between Stage Alliance and IATSE Local 205 took place on July 7, 2016. The ...continue reading
- Stage Alliance Inc. Arbitration to Proceed July 7th (7/5/2016) - Dear Stage Alliance Employees: I am writing to update you on the ongoing dispute over stagehand wages at the Long Center for Performing Arts between IATSE Local 205 and Stage Alliance, Inc. An arbitration hearing will take place July 7-8, 2016 to rule on this dispute. The following details the events thus far. Since 2010, ...continue reading
- Pay it Right! (Informational Meetup Monday!) (2/28/2016) - Wage Cut for Stage Alliance Hands! Find out how and why your wages were cut (and what your Union is doing about it!) by attending the Stage Alliance employees meeting at: 3PM on Monday 29 February, 2016 at TX AFL-CIO auditorium, 11th and Lavaca, 78701. (Metered street parking only!) Can't attend? Sign up here to ...continue reading
- Stage Alliance Employee Meeting Today! (2/15/2016) - Reminder notice to all Stage Alliance Employees: Remember, you are a member of the bargaining unit that Local 205 represents!! IATSE Local 205 is hosting an SA employee meeting this Monday (today): February 15 at 6:00 pm IBEW Local Union 520 4818 E. Ben White Blvd Suite #300 Austin, TX 78741 Please check your email for ...continue reading