Apply as a Referral Worker or Union Member?
They are not the same... Here are the differences:
A. Applying for placement as a worker on a Referral List (Stagehand, Wardrobe, or both).
Would you enjoy working on arena or outdoor concerts? Be it rockers, country, hiphop, gospel, comedy, or even wrestling, (you name it), at Target Center, Target Field, Xcel Center, TCF Bank Stadium, Roy Wilkins Arena, the Soundset Festival, the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand, US Bank Stadium, etc.?
Would you enjoy working with both on and off Broadway touring productions, or smaller touring concerts and many local theatrical productions? Examples would be shows at the Orpheum Theater, Ordway Music Theater, State Theater, and Pantages Theater, as well as many local productions (along with touring shows) at the Ordway Theater, Childrens' Theatre Company, Orchestra Hall, the Jungle, O'Shaughnessy, and the Guthrie.
How about corporate theater, business meetings, and conventions? As cities with many Fortune 500 companies, we do uncounted yearly corporate meetings and trade shows. We are constantly doing these at the Minneapolis Convention Center, St. Paul's RiverCentre, US Bank Stadium, and many hotels throughout the Twin City area.
We could use you!
All of our worker referrals are to union contracted employers, where you will always receive a W-2, and be covered by Workers Compensation should you be injured at work. Your employer will pay part of your taxes, as well as benefits to a Health and Welfare and/or Retirement Fund, and other benefits.
You will very likely have much better pay and working conditions than if you are working on a 1099 or for a non union company. There will be established break times and a union steward (or the Business Agent) to back you up regarding unsafe conditions. (Not that we are inflexible, we'll accomodate work needs, but you will also be sure to get a break in a long shift). You will not have to worry so much if you're injured at work, and you will not be hit with that big 1099 tax bill at year end.
IATSE Local 13 currently has over 1600 active workers on our Stagehand Referral List.
We have enough work, that for our busiest times we need even more workers signed up.
You do not need to become a card holding member of IATSE to be placed on our Referral Lists. You simply go into the office and fill out some forms asking to be placed on our Referral Lists. (Again note, this does NOT make you a member of IATSE.) You will be placed as a worker on our lists and be dispatched when there is enough work to get to you and your skill set.
When you fill out your application in the office, tell us your skills. Do not claim skills that you do not have. If we send you to a job site and you cannot perform what you have claimed, you may be fired from that job and then taken off our Referral list. We certainly do not want to look bad because we referred you, and neither do you.
A sampling of skills or knowlege: Can you run a variety of digital or analog, audio or video mixers? Can you assemble and run a long lens camera? TD, or shade? Know your way around several brands and models of lighting boards? Powerpoint? Playback Pro? Can you push a heavy box up a ramp into the back of a semi trailer? Can you repeatedly, actually help, lift a heavy 4x8 deck section over your head to build a stage. Do you know what an SDS is? Are you able to repeatedly do multiple quickchanges in the dark without missing anything? When do measurements include the kerf? Can you run a serger efficiently? Are you a skilled cutter? Could you lift a 59.2 lb VL2500 to hang it on a truss at waist or shoulder height? Then program it's DMX address? Are you fast, but safe, on the flyrail? Run a Forklift? Certified on a Boom lift? Know when to use 77 vs 76? Are you an Uprigger? Can you weld, and by what methods?
None of these are currently requirements. (We cover many disciplines.) But they are useful skills, knowledge, or abilities that help us dispatch you properly. Any lighting, audio, carpentry, props, video, or theatrical training, certifications, or work experience we would want to know about you? Those help too!
We suggest that you call the office ahead of time to be sure someone will be there to give you an application.
I.A.T.S.E. Local 13
312 Central Avenue South East
Then, when you are actually placed on a list, sign up for an account on this website and there will be more detailed information available to you as one of our IATSE referral workers.
B. Applying for an IATSE Union cardholding membership.
This is where IATSE membership has meaning. If you like our line of work and would consider doing it for the future, why not become a 'union card' holding member of IATSE Local 13.
You can make a difference.
Members come to monthly meetings, where we discuss all sorts of issues regarding work place rules, contracts, scheduling, dispatch, training, etc. Members can discuss these things in open discussion with each other and our Local's Business Agent, President, and Executive Board. You can have a voice in how things are done, both now and in the future.
You will have a vote on every contract, the Constitution and Dispatch Rules, elections of officers of the local, how we spend our money, where we give charitable contributions, etc.
And, if you see something that needs to be changed for the long term safety or the betterment of all, this is a place to discuss it. This is where you can affect things through collective bargaining, without worrying about being that single 'troublemaker' on the job site. It's the Business Agent's job to address such issues without getting any one worker in management's sights, and if that ever did happen, to help protect you from retaliation on the job.
When you come to meetings, you will get to know your co-workers better, without the pressure of everyone striving to complete a set up before showtime (for example, if the trucks ran late.). It's a different dynamic, and it can make work a lot more fun when you know everyone shares the same feelings and that you are all on the same page.
You will receive a quarterly magazine from the International keeping you abreast of changes in the industry and what is happening in the IATSE Union across the US and Canada. You will be eligible for many union discounts on cellular service, auto rentals, and all sorts of other things, that could easily cover more than your membership fees.
If this looks like your future, commit to it!
Call the office at 612-379-7564 and ask our Business Agent, Matt Rice, how to become a member, that is..,
JOIN IATSE Local 13.
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