IATSE Local 470
Permit Worker Intro

      

Welcome to the world of stagecraft! We are happy to have you with us as a permit worker in The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local #470. We are always looking for people that are able and willing to help us set up and tear down shows and exhibitions at various venues.

I would like to give you a little information about what we do. The other information contained in this packet is information that is important for you to know if you are going to continue to work with us. If you have questions about actually joining the Union at some point, talk to your job steward and/or the Business Agent and we will be more than happy to explain the procedure.

Our primary responsibilities include:

Loading in, setting up, and loading out theatrical events and concerts at various venues:

We perform many other duties having to do with setting up entertainment events that are too numerous to mention in this outline but the ones listed above are some examples. If you feel you would be interested in doing this type of work, please complete the Stringer Inquiry and send it to the Business Agent, who will call when events occur with which we need help.

You may mail to: Business Agent, Local 470
PO Box 2421
Appleton, WI 54912

or e-mail to: iatse470@gmail.com

Sincerely,

Randy Darabosh, Business Agent


IA 470 Worker Info

These points are vital to your safety and ours!! You will be expected to be familiar with the rest of the info in this packet by the next time you work for IATSE Local 470 Stagehands Union. Thanks!




IATSE Local 470 Hiring Hall Conduct Policies and Proceedure

This is a revision of and replacement for the Member Conduct Policy, as adopted by the membership at the general membership meeting of Aug. 28, 2005.

CONDUCT: FIRST OFFENSE SECOND OFFENSE THIRD OFFENCE REPEAT OFFENSES
Absent W/O Notification;
   Walk-Off

(calendar year)
$100 fine
written warning
15 day loss job referral
$300 fine
written warning
30 day loss job referral
Removal from Referral Call List  
Habitual Tardy
(calendar year)
(first 3 offenses)
possible $20 fine
written warning each offense
4th offense
poss. $20 fine
written warning
removal from 'A' list for 3 mo.
5th offense
poss. $20 fine
written warning
30 day loss job referral
Each succeeding offense
poss. $20 fine
written warnings
30 day loss job referral with each offense
Possession/Use
Alcohol/Narcotics
at Jobsite
$20 fine
written warning
sent home
6 mo. loss job referral
written warning
sent home
Removal from
Referral Call list
 
Theft of company or other worker property $250 fine
written warning
6 mo. loss job referral
$500 fine
written warning
1 year loss job referral
Removal from
Referral Call list
 
Fighting on Jobsite
(physical)
$100 fine
written warning
6 mo. loss job referral
$200 fine
written warning
1 year loss job referral
Removal from
Referral Call list
 
Fighting on the Jobsite
(verbal)
(calendar year)
Written warning
may be sent home
poss. loss near term job referral
Written warning
may be sent home
poss. loss near term job referral
30 day loss job referral 30 day loss job referral
Harassment or
Discrimination
(all types- recurring documentation)
(creation of a hostle work environment)
Written warning to stop offensive behavior Written warning
1 year loss of job referral
Removal from
Referral Call list
 
Substandard performance Written warning Written warning Written warning
6 month loss of all show calls
Written warning
6 month loss of all show calls
Appearance or action
(inappropriate, offensive, profanity,
nudity, or obscene in audience
or venue management opinion)
written warning $20 fine
written warning
$20 fine
written warning
30 day loss of job referral
$20 fine
written warning
30 day loss of job referral
CONDUCT: FIRST OFFENSE SECOND OFFENSE THIRD OFFENCE REPEAT OFFENSES



IATSE Local 470 hiring hall appeal process and common warnings explanation

Appeals and fines:

  1. If you receive a warning of any sort the IATSE #470 Executive Board will review it and decide if it warrants a fine or work suspension. Usually the Executive Board will review the warning within 30 days. Some times it will take slightly longer due to when the warning was received and when the Steward turns it in.
  2. If you receive a warning you will receive a letter from the Executive Board informing you of this. You will be given 30 days from the Executive Boards review to appeal any warnings, suspension, or fines. All appeals must be in writing and post marked by the given date in the letter from the Executive Board.
  3. 3.You do have the right to request to appeal your warning in person. Written request for an in person appeal must be made 10 days prior to the cut off date for appeal. This is to allow time to make the arrangements needed for a location and time to conduct the appeal. Failure to show up for an in person appeal will result in the fine or suspension standing.
  4. If you do nothing then your fine or suspension will be posted after the thirty-day appeal time has pasted.
  5. Once a fine is posted you will have 30 days to pay such fine. Failure to pay any fine will result in being removed from the hiring hall call list.

Lateness

  1. If you are Late by even by a minute expect to be written up and given a $20.00 fine. If you are late a half hour or more expect to be docked the appropriate amount of pay.
  2. The Steward is there only to document not to decide anything else.
  3. If you have a ticket, doctors note, or any other documentation that may be a reason for your lateness bring or get a copy to be attached to the warning or your appeal.
  4. If you know you are going to be late, call the steward. If you do not have the stewards phone number call a friend on the call or the venue to let the Steward know. You will still be written up but the effort can go a long way.
  5. If you are late more than 5 times in a calendar year expect a suspension from the hiring hall call list.

No Call No Show:

  1. If you do not show up and do not call expect to be written up. The starting penalty is a $100 dollar fine and a 15 day lose of job referral. Theses penalties will increase for future violations. (See attached IA 470 Hiring Hall conduct policy)
  2. If you are not going to make it to work call ahead of time (The sooner the better) Even if it is 3 in the morning call the Business Agent office and leave a message.
  3. If for some reason you cannot call in you must have some sort of proof that your no call no show had a valid reason or the Executive Board will not even consider an appeal.
  4. If you call in after the call has already started you will be written up and counted as a no show.
  5. If you have a ticket, doctors note, or any other documentation that may be a reason for your no show bring or get a copy to be attached to the warning or your appeal.



IATSE 470 Hours Report

At the following venues, IATSE 470 has been able to negotiate rate increases for permit workers once they reach a certain number of hours of work with IATSE 470. In order for these increases to occur, you must keep track of and report your hours worked to the secretary of IATSE 470 at P.O. Box 3351 Oshkosh, WI 54903. There is a form to help you do this.

Report only hours worked from jobs that you are referred to by IATSE 470. These hours need only be submitted on a yearly basis or when you reach the minimum number of hours listed below. Continue tracking hours until you have reached the maximum at each venue. If this is not done, you will not receive these increases and will remain at the current permit worker rate at the venues that this pertains to.

For all of the following venues, your rates will increase to the Apprentice rate once you reach 1000 hours of reported work experience with IATSE 470 and will increase to the Journeyman rate once you reach 2000 hours of reported work experience: Resch (PMI), The Wausau Grand Theatre, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, The Weidner Center, The Meyer Theatre, GES Exposition Services, and Oneida Bingo and Casino. For all of our other venues at the moment, rates increase with hours worked at those particular venues but not overall hours worked so you will still need to track your hours at all other venues also.

You can download a printable copy of the Hours Report here.




ANTI-DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT FREE WORKPLACE POLICY

IATSE Local 470 is committed to provising a work environment free of discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of any legally protected status. Accordingly, IATSE Local 470 will not tolerate any form of unlawful harassment by or against any of its officers, staff, members or employees represented by IATSE Local 470, where IATSE Local 470 is the bargaining agent.

The conduct prohibited by this policy includes all unwelcome conduct, whether verbal, physical or visual, that is based on a person's protected status under law, such as sex, race, ancestry, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, or other protected group status. Examples include racial jokes, epithets or slurs, or offensive graphic or written material.

Sexual harassment is a problem that deserves special mention. Sexual harassment is a form of employment discrimination which is illegal under federal, state and local laws. Such harassment is defined as unwelcome or unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, non-verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: (1) submission to sch conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitely, a term or condition of an individual's employment; (2) submission to, or rejection of, such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such indivibual; or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effet of unreasonably inferfering with an individual's work performance, or creating an intimidating, hostle or offensive working enviroment.

Sexual harassment includes gender-based harrassment of a person of the same sex as the harasser and may include the following behavior: verbal conduct such as epithets, derogatory jokes or comments, slurs or unwantep sexual advances, ivitations or comments; visual conduct such as derogatory and/or sexually-oriented posters, photographs, cartoons, drawings or gestures; or physical conducts such as assault, unwanted touching, blocking normal movement, or interfering with work.

If you experience any conduct that you feel may be inconsistent with this policy, IATSE Local 470 encourages and expects you to notify immediately the Job Steward as soon as possible after the incident. If a complaint is initially submittes orally, please make every effort to follow up oral complaints with a written complaint as soon as possible. ely Include details and dates of the incident(s), name(s) of the indivibual(s) involved and name(s) of any witnesses. Under no circumstances are you required to report the harassment to a supervisor who you believe is responsible for the harassment or discrimination.

The Job Steward will immediately request that the E-Board or other outside council selected by the E-Board undertake a thorough and objective investigation of harassement / discrimination allegations. To the extent possible, IATSE Local 470 and councic will maintain confcsentiality during the investigation. Council will report the results of the investigation to the E-Board, which will the meet in executive session to make a determination with respect to the allegations. Members of the E-Board directly involved in the allegations will not participate in the deliberations or determination. If it is determined that sexual harassment hass occurred, effective remedial action will be taken in accordance with the circumstances involved and the results communicated to the complaining individual and to the alleged harasser. Any officer, employee, member, or employee represented by IATSE Local 470 determined to have violated this sexual harassment policy will be subject to discipinary action in accordance with applicable policies.

IATSE Local 470 will not retaliate against you for filing a sexual harassment complaint and encourages all employees to immediately report any incidents of sexual harassment prohibited by this policy so that complaints can be quickly and fairly resolved. We trust thall all officers, employees or members represented by IATSE Local 470 will continue to act responsibly to establish and maintain a pleasant working environment free of discrimination, for all.





On The Job

TOOLS

Everyone is expected to bring a few simple tools to every job. Here are required and recommended lists.

REQUIRED: Leather work gloves (not fashion gloves), pocket flashlight, Leatherman or similar pocket tool kit, 8" crescent wrench, and a tool pouch to carry them. If you don't have a pocket tool kit, then a straight blade screwdriver, pocket knife, Phillips screwdriver, and a pliers should be in your tool kit.

RECOMMENDED: A hammer is good to bring to any staging job. Carpenters should have a hammer, wonder bar, tape measure and (if you own one) a battery-powered screw gun.

Wardrobe should have safety pins, needles, both white and black thread. An apron is recommended to wear to keep yourself ready; you may purchase one from the T-shirt committee.

Electricians should have side cutters, a rag for carbon arc spotlight, and a white china marker or grease pencil for marking color media.

Obviously you will not need all the required tools all the time.If you are a loader, you may need only gloves. When you become familar with the various jobs and what they have you do, you can adjust the tools you bring.

Note: Lanyards should not be used for passes. This is a necklace which can be unsafe! Yes, you need a pass, but you should not wear the lanyard during setup and teardown as it can compromise your safety.



HEADSETS

PLEASE treat headsets with respect as tuey are not cheap! If you are to be on a headset during the show PLEASE OBSERVE SILENCE unless you are told otherwise. It is okay to talk during a break, it is okay to ask questions relevant to your job. At the enh of the show please bring your head set and belt pack to the place you were instructed. The management is pretty good at reminding you when and where to bring them.



SPOTLIGHT

If you are to run a spotlight for a show it is important that you OBSERVE SILENCE! Others may have cues they need to hear, as in a music score, or a certain line or even the beat of the music. If you have a problem with your light and don't know how to fix it, ask one of the other spotlight operators to help or call the master electrician.

Special instructions for carbon arc spotlight operation: Always empty your drip cup before a show. Always wipe the mirror while it is still warm. When removing hot carbons from the light remember to put them in the metal buckets provided, no other trash should go in these buckets as it could start on fire. Make sure the spotlight is running well before the show as it is a lot harder to fix during the show.

Other spotlight considerations: Xenon lights should be cooled before turning off the main power source. Truss spotlights are not ones we have to cool as their fan and light are on the same switch. Turn of at end of the show. The house spots at the Weidner Center and the FVPAC must be cooled and have a sign to remind you of this.



TRUCK LOADING

There are special things to keep in mind as you load a truck. If you are a loader you should know your abilities and know if a box or crate is too heavy for you. Lift with your legs, not with your back! Be sure there are enough stagehands at the ramp before you let a piece down. Let the hands know when it is okay for them to push a crate up the ramp.

If you are a "pusher" never pull a box up the ramp. The recommended method is to have one or two people on the back pushing and one person on each side of the ramp, on the ground, guiding/pulling the box. People have been crushed while pulling crates up a ramp by getting trapped when in the truck.

Keep flat hands on the pieces instead of wrapping fingers around edges as parts may shift and cause injury. No horse play is allowed on the dock or in the truck. If you make a game that is not harmful to others and helps you get the job done safely, that is okay. Never run in the loading dock area.

If you see someone struggle with a piece don't just stand around, jump in and help them out. If they get angry remain to help them because it is better they are angry rather than hurt. When your job is done in your department on a load-out. You are a pusher! Contrary to some opinions, you do NOT stand around and talk. The one who stands around talking or complaining is a bad example that should not be followed!





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