Safety Everywhere

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 help when […]

Stewards Corner: Stewards Basics 101

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. As […]

Stewards Corner: Weingarten Rights

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. In […]

Stewards Corner: Sexual Harassment

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, misuse […]

Stage Lingo

Bible – Stage Manager’s script with all cues noted. Bobtail – Short semi, a box truck used to transport stage equipment. Boneyard – Where empty cases are stored. Bounce – A thin and light colored drop used to “bounce” light off of. Bring It In – Lower the pipe. Buddy (Uncle Buddy) – Friction tool used on the fly […]

Rigging Primer

IATSE 205 ETCP RIGGING STUDY RESOURCES BY JOE MARTIN DISCLAIMER THE RESOURCES AND TIPS GIVEN IN THIS GUIDE ARE NOT ENDORSED BY ETCP OR ANY ORGANIZATIONS RELATED. THIS IS MERELY A GUIDE TO FIND INFORMATION AND REINFORCE INFORMATION THAT IS RELATED TO STAGE RIGGING AND COVERS KNOWLEDGE THAT WILL BE USEFUL IN TAKING THE EXAM.  UNDER NO […]

Stewards Corner: Zero Tolerance Policy

STEWARDS CORNER                 In past articles I have tried to shy away from fluff pieces that just mimic old inefficient policies of dealing with important topics. Our members need perspective and honest appraisals on important issues that face our workers today. With that in mind, I have tried in the past to address the issue […]