Yesterday’s Facebook action for the Atlantic City casino workers’ union, Spread the Word Saturday, seems to have gone well. I ended up figuring out to work my phone enough to finally start copying and pasting into casino pages by the second show. But some folks really went to town until they got blocked from posting comments. Here’s how Michael Barnes summed up on the IA917 page:
The casinos changed the settings on their Facebook Page to delete and block our message. This a win for workers as it demonstrates we have motivated activists and the casinos are sensitive to the message. First mission can be ruled a success.
We will be launching a second wave of messages this week using secondary targets, beautiful faces, Twitter and from a suggestion today, Yelp.
Thanks to everyone for their help today. It’s Miller Time.
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, read yesterday’s Stagehand View.
Otherwise, I’m happy to report that I’ve been in contact with both Michael Barnes and Darrell Stark (see his comment on yesterday’s post). Anyone reading this should feel free to slap me on the back of the hand when you see me for my mistakes in the previous #StagehandView. I have corrected the piece.
But enough of that. It looks like Vice President Barnes is interested in talking to me for an article that I will write and submit to Labor Notes. Hopefully they’ll publish it and spread the word a little wider. At the very least, you’ll be able to read it here.
That’s it. Now I’ve got to go eat and do the final Austin show of Wicked … until the next time.
Don’t forget to join the IA917 Facebook page. The casino workers can’t participate in these kinds of actions without risking their jobs. That’s why it’s up to the rest of the union to do it for them.
USITT Winter Symposium will be January 17th-19th.
The coordinator, Rusty Cloyes, has given Local 205 a 3 hour time slot on Saturday, January 18th, starting at 1pm to give a presentation. Ben Adams from the IATSE Education Department will come and give the Union presentation to college students (about an hour of the time) and then 205 will cover the rest of the time. Things to be covered: A brief overview of how to get work with the union here, what is expected and safety issues. If you would like to help teach the class please contact sister Michelle Ferrier at isou…@aol.com
From Sister Ferrier:
“Finally – any of us that are not working during the event (USITT) have been invited to register, pay the fee and attend any of the sessions. Preregistration fee is $60 (this includes the $5 USITT Membership fee). ”
**A couple of notes:
The 2014 USITT Conference & Stage Expo will be held in Ft. Worth this year. Member registration is cheaper than non-member registration.
USITT membership cost for an individual is $108, $162 for a professional. If you can or are able attend any of the Winter Symposium here, the $60 registration fee is a substantial discount.