Brother Joe Martin writes, “I hope this finds everyone safe and well. During these trying times, the downtime we have recently acquired is shocking. With a lack of public places to go, Im sure a lot of us are going a little bit stir crazy. While this crisis is keeping the public at home, many companies across the industry are offering their online training programs, free of charge!
“Lets all take advantage of these services, and make good use of the downtime we have. Included below is a link that lists all the free services available to entertainment professionals during COVID-19. Free and training aren’t two words you see together often, so lets jump on it! I hope the classes offered will be to the benefit of everyone, and we can come back stronger than ever once all this madness blows over.”
This is an introduction to general work methods, terminology and math involved in arena and convention rigging. This is not meant to be a comprehensive course, but will give you a better idea about what rigging is and how it is done. Space is limited and the event is expected to fill up fast. Please email to reserve a spot or if you have any questions about the class.
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.
As a reminder for 205 Members, the Special Meeting to discuss the 2017 Budget will occur at 6:00pm, immediately following this seminar. The Regular Membership meeting (which will include elections) will begin at 7:30 pm that night.
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.