• Stage Basics: DMX

    by  • July 4, 2015

    DMX is like cable television. Although your house is being pummeled with 5000 channels of garbage, you are able to safely watch the Spurs or This Old House because your TV can disregard any information it doesn’t need. Only part of the signal coming through the coaxial cable is for the station you’ve got...

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    Safety Everywhere

    by  • April 17, 2015

    by Joseph Martin While we tout safety as a virtue, I have found that in many areas of our industry we are either non-compliant or ignore simple things we can do to make our jobs easier and safer. I find in our local that the membership does work safely. We are great about making sure enough hands are on a heavy object and asking others for...

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    Stewards Corner: Health & Safety Basics

    by  • April 9, 2015

    The editor of Stage Call, Sister Cowan, asked me to provide something on this topic, and so I will attempt to bring out some details that are not only beneficial to 205 Stewards but to the membership in general. Some of this info I have presented on our stewards/discuss web site in the past....

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    Heads Up! Communication is Key

    by  • April 9, 2015

    by Mikela Cowan One of the most common phrases we are taught early on in our careers is “Heads up!” Sometimes it’s a shouted phrase from above to give anyone below them a warning to move. Sometimes it’s a loud notification from the fly-rail or deck that pipes are coming in. In either situation,...

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    Stewards Corner: Pushing Back

    by  • December 23, 2014

    ”Today, we say that when you pick a fight with any of us, you pick a fight with all of us! And that when you push us, we will push back!” -speech by Richard Trumka, secretary-treasurer, AFL-CIO, 10/26/1995 The American Labor Movement has progressed slowly and painfully through the last century. From this effort...

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    Swearing Stagehands

    by  • December 23, 2014

    Stagehands are known for their multitude of talents, not the least of which is a talent for swearing. Some oaths have been uttered that would make a sailor blush.  There is one oath in particular that is occasionally spoken by a select few that goes like this: “…as a condition of my membership in...

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    The Grateful Dead’s “Wall Of Sound”

    by  • December 13, 2014

    In March of 1974, the Grateful Dead unveiled a sound system unlike any that had ever been, or that the world has seen (heard) since. It was designed by audio engineer Owlsley “Bear” Stanley, who had recently been released from prison, and at the time was the largest portable (somewhat) PA ever. The main...

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    Stewards Corner: Stewards Basics 101

    by  • August 24, 2014

    Glad to see that Stagecall is back up and running.  It is an important way for our members to stay connected with each other, as well as disseminate information and ideals to the workers in our trade.  A big “thank you” to the newly organized Newsletter Committee and it’s editor for jump-starting this periodical....

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    Stewards Corner: Weingarten Rights

    by  • August 22, 2014

    One of the most valuable protections a worker has is the right to representation when called in by your employer or management. A steward’s presence as an union advocate can sometimes mean the difference between someone being railroaded out of a job or falsely accused, and not having justice prevail. Weingarten Rights are key when discussing representation....

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    Stewards Corner: Sexual Harassment

    by  • August 22, 2014

    As a steward faces many challenges daily, there is an important topic that they must learn to handle in a professional manner: it’s called sexual harassment in the workplace. And the responsibility falls not only on stewards but all of the members of the union, as well. Incidents involving sexual harassment are particularly challenging. The incidents involve strong emotions,...

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    Beat the Heat!

    by  • July 4, 2015

    Beat the Heat! Summer is finally upon us.  We’re looking at long days, lots of sunshine, mildly oppressive heat, and thanks to all the rain we’ve gotten, mosquitoes! That doesn’t mean don’t go outside… just remember to stay hydrated and wear proper PPE (sunscreen, hats, bug spray).  Summer also means that work may be...

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    ION training opportunity

    by  • July 4, 2015

    ETC is presenting a 2 day series of classes on their ION lighting console. These classes will be held in Austin at St. Edwards University on July 28th and July 29th, 2015. More Details are available on the ETC website. If you are interested in attending these classes, please register at Ion Training –...

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    Past Issue Archive

    by  • July 4, 2015

    We endeavor to archive as many issues of Stage Call as possible. If you see an issue that is missing, and you have a decent looking copy – please let us know, so we can scan and add it! Thanks! In the beginning – Brad Wilson was president Vol I.1, May 2005 Vol I.3, January 2006 Vol I.4,...

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    Young Workers Conference 2014

    by  • December 23, 2014

    Sister Cowan and Brother Levin with fellow Longhorn, Emily Tao, Director of Communications at IATSE.

    Sister Cowan and Brother Levin with fellow Longhorn, Emily Tao, Director of Communications at IATSE.

    YWC report IATSE YWC Report 2014

    Local 205 sent two representatives to the IATSE Young Conference this year.  Sister Cowan and Brother Levin would like to share some of their experience with you.

    Did you know?
    -21% of IATSE membership is 35 and younger (more…)

    Education Committee Report RE: Freeman AV

    by  • August 4, 2014

    Written by Katy Hallee April 24, 2014   As we move forward in our goals of obtaining a contract with Freeman AV, I believe training is an essential step in that process. If we continuously present Freeman with more and more highly trained workers, they will ask for a contract with us to retain...

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