July 24-30, 2017
It's time for EAA again. Work starts early July, and the show
will be opening on July 24. Be sure to check out the section on
Summer Outdoor shows on the main IA470 website for what to expect.
WORKER INFORMATION for EAA 2017
- Wage rates are similar to last year. See the Steward for details.
- Tools: Employees shall report to work with the personal tools necessary to perform the tasks required. As per the contract, any worker checking in without appropriate tools shall waive any rights to a minimum call time and may be sent home early. The minimum tool list includes Hammer, Phillips screwdriver, Flat blade screw driver, Crescent wrench, Utility knife, and Pliers.
The GES List of Required Tools this year is:
- Tape measure
- Pry bar
- Screw drivers – phillips and slot-head, or one of those combo ones
- Crescent Wrench or pliers
- Utility knife
- Forklift rate is $1.00 over the regular pay rate for equipment operators. This rate will ONLY apply only to a technician whose PRIMARY responsibility is the operation of a powered lifting device (e.g. a fork lift, scissors lift, or boom lift, or "condor"). Basically, you must be a designated operator to receive this pay rate. Simply operating equipment will not give you "forklift rate". Any change in status to "equipment operator" MUST be approved by both GES and the Steward BEFORE operation of the equipment occurs. A simple say-so from a vendor will mean nothing without prior approval. If you choose to operate a forklift or other equipment anyway (assuming you have a valid operator's card), it will be at your base rate because operator is not your PRIMARY responsibility.
- Minimums: "A six (6) hour daily minimum guarantee shall apply on all days in which an employee reports to work and is put to work except for the days a show is open and operating, the first and or to work and is put to work except for the days a show is open and operating, the first and or last day of move in, the first and or last day of move out, weather cancellations, or other conditions beyond the control of the employer. On those days in which the six (6) hour guarantee does not apply the minimum guarantee shall be four (4) hours."
This means on most days, GES will pay a six hour daily minimum, an increase of 2 hours on the minimum. Please note this does NOT apply to ALL days! On some days, the guaranteed minimum will still be 4 hours. The days for which 4 hour minimums apply are July 10, July 23-30, and Aug. 3.
- Labor for Vendors: GES is concerned with providing a consistent labor force to vendors. Vendors (who are GES's primary customers) are rather insistent on GES providing the same people for the entire setup AND teardown of their booths. Some vendors have gone to other labor suppliers rather than GES to ensure they get the same labor force throughout, which means GES loses clients and WE lose work to other (often non-union) competitors.
To address this, employees who are available for the entire event, both the In AND the Out, will receive preference for placement with vendors, and will receive preferential placement on a call regardless of Union or Hiring Hall status. In other words, a Permit or over hire worker working for a vendor who is available for the entire in-and-out will, by contract, receive precedence for callbacks over a Journeyman not working for a vendor.
- Severe weather: we are working outside on an airfield, so weather is a consideration. In the event of severe weather we want to ensure everyone's safety. In the event of hazardous conditions such as lighting within 5 miles, extreme winds, or tornadoes, workers are allowed to seek shelter. It will be up to the Steward and GES to decide whether workers are to leave the area or be reassigned to other work in a safer location, BUT safety is the first consideration. We and GES both realize it is not always possible to communicate with "headquarters" when things get dicey. So, if you have a reasonable reason to fear for your safety you should try to make contact with the Steward. If you cannot, take cover in a protected area, a nearly hanger or other grounded structure, or even in a ditch. But use common sense and do not abuse the privilege. We expect you protect yourself and to be professional.
- Pay Options: In addition to normal checks, GES offers Direct Deposit for payroll. GES will soon be instigating a new pay option: Pay cards. Essentially, a pay card is similar to a debit card. A card is issued to participating workers which is tied to an account into which GES deposits your pay. GES sets up and maintains the account for you. You can then use the pay card like a debit card to draw on the account, up to the limit of the pay that has been credited to the card.
The idea is that some people do not have established bank accounts where checks can be cashed or to which deposits can be made. Pay cards provide a means of paying such workers without forcing them to resort to check cashing services. Basically, GES provides the bankcard account which you can use to access your money without surcharge or penalty. It will not be tied to one bank or one location.
Be aware that pay cards are not YET available, and it may take some time to put pay cards place. They MAY not be available this year. Within a year or so this might be something you chose to do. Paper checks and Direct Deposit will not be going away. You can stick with them if you prefer. Pay cards, when they become available, will simply be one more way you can choose to get paid.
Attire: GES considers employees to be representing the employer and the client while on the job. As such, they expect and require all employees to maintain a professional attitude and decorum at all times. A specific uniform is not required, but clothing must be professional and appropriate. Specifically, this means everyone must keep your shirt on. A light weight shirt or appropriate t-shirt is acceptable. This goes for all hands. .
- New Workers for GES must have valid Photo ID AND Social Security Card - first day of work. If you do not, you will NOT be allowed to begin work! This is Federal law! Because "E-Verfify" is now in place, GES can not allow workers to begin work before all Federal employment paperwork is complete. They are very strict about it. Workers were sent home last year for not having I.D. Bring yours when you come the first time.
- Fill out new paperwork if you have had a change of address from last year.
- Wear appropriate clothing for the weather conditions.
- Bring sunscreen and water - we will have water at some point, but you will want a water bottle between water deliveries.
- You must fill out a daily time card each day. Be early and arrive on time.
- Forklift drivers must have certification card with them when driving. ONLY those designated as a driver on a given day will be allowed to drive.
- Bring tools! The contract requires workers to bring at least the MINIMUM tools to work. If you don't, you waive any rights to minimum call times. That means GES can send you home at any time (including immediately), paying only for time worked without regard to the negotiated six or four hour minimum.
As to tools, at a minimum GES requires in the contract that all hands have with them:
GES suggests the following:
- Phillips screwdriver
- Flat blade screw driver
- Crescent wrench
- Utility knife
EAA/GES TOOL LIST:
- Pair side cutters
- Loop pile cutter for carpet (optional)
- 3/8" drive ratchet w/ 5mm and 1/8" hex
- Arrow JT-21 staple gun
- Phillips screw driver
- Slotted screw driver
- Pair of pliers
- 25' tape measure
- Adjustable (crescent) wrench
- Utility knife
The Employer on this show is GES Exposition Service NOT Alliance, Inc. You will need to have paperwork CURRENT with GES. They will NOT issue a paycheck without having your W-2 and I-9 on file first, and they regularly purge their files of inactive employees. If this is your first EAA, OR you didn't work EAA last year, bring along a photo ID (driver's license, etc.) and your Social Security Card for filling out an I-9. A passport will also do. You simply won't be allowed to work and you won't get paid if you do not have CURRENT paperwork ON FILE WITH GES. If you didn't work for GES last year, then you are not current and must file new paperwork. BE PREPARED.
Check-in will be located pretty much where we were, in Hanger D by the F lot. If you have worked EAA before, you will be able to find us easily.
During Setup prior to Sunday 7/24, and during teardown Monday 8/1 - Thursday 8/4: Workers should report to the south side of Hanger D to check in each day. Get there early so we can get your daily paperwork filed out. Otherwise your paycheck may be delayed. To get there: Take Hwy 41 to Oshkosh, exit Hwy 44 east to Knapp Street Rd. south to first right which is Poberezny Road. Follow past EAA Museum to Waukau Ave. (you can only go left). On the right hand side look for the EAA Bus Park tower and turn right on Forest Home Ave. Follow that to the "F Lot" parking lot located behind Hangers B and D.
Oshkosh, south side venues & Labor Hall
EAA grounds, Oshkosh
GPS: 1045 Schaick Ave. Oshkosh, WI
For Show Days Monday 7/25 to Sunday 7/31:
Parking will be available in the "U Lot" ONLY. However, the U Lot has moved! It is now located on Ripple Rd. between Poberezny Rd. (the frontage road) and Knapp St. Rd., on the North side of Ripple Rd. (The old U Lot is now Lot Z.) GES usually shuttles workers from the lot to GES headquarters BUT ONLY IF YOU ARE THERE ON TIME! It's a bit of a hike, so allow time to get to work ON TIME or you'll be hoofing it about a half mile, AND missing the "bus" MIGHT get you fined for being late! There is a map on how to get there at:
Map to the U Lot
GPS: 1600 W. Ripple Ave, Oshkosh WI
Several things to keep in mind about EAA.
- Once at the jobsite, you will be split into different departments (Deco, Freight, E&D, I&D), and you are expected to STAY within department. However, the GES supervisors CAN AND WILL move you to another department as the workload dictates. Please keep track of what time you are moved and report it when you check out.
That is how GES bills customers, and if they can't charge customers properly, they can't pay you.
- Different departments will quit for the day at different times, depending on when their tasks are finished that day. Workers are broke when their department breaks, regardless of work status or seniority. IF you carpool with someone assigned to another task, expect that one of you may have to wait for the other for awhile. So plan accordingly!
- You are hired FOR THE WHOLE DAY, and the day goes until you are "broke". Don't plan on leaving early, and plan on possibly being kept late. That's the gig!
- You MUST check in AND out each day. If the job steward cannot verify your hours on paper, it can be very difficult to see you are properly paid, or correct your pay later.
- BE WARNED that GES will cover injuries and accidents under Workers Comp. They WILL usually require a drug test after any incident. A positive test WILL result in dismissal from work for GES for an indeterminent time. It HAS happened, so don't do anything stupid that will give them grounds.
- IF you don't receive a paycheck on time or you think the amount may be incorrect, call the Job Steward, NOT the Business Agent or GES. They won't have the paperwork to solve the problem. Again, CALL the JOB STEWARD first! It MY job!
- If you want to work NEXT year, call the Business Agent, NOT the Job Steward! I don't fill the calls until EAA actually begins, and finding old messages on my cell phone's voice mail really annoys me! :-)
- This year's job steward for EAA is:
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