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  • July 2018 Letter

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,

    The Local is engaged in the following activities:

    PLRB Ruling: The PLRB Hearing Examiner ruled the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority did not commit unfair labor practices by removing the Carpenters from the Center. This was a very favorable ruling for the Center and maintains the stagehands jurisdiction as agreed in 2014. Future appeals may be filed but this was a BIG win for IATSE.

    125th Anniversary: Local 8 and the International celebrated our 125th year anniversary on July 17th. The Local had a ceremonial reading of the original charter which was attended by over 75 members. A formal event is being planned for the Fall to commemorate this significant achievement. The IA Bulletin this quarter did a great job capturing the history of our union. If you need a copy its online at iatse.net

    Work: Outdoor shows and Concerts are providing the bulk of jobs this month. The overlap and scheduling at Citizens Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field is creating numerous challenges for the Local. Please be patient as we work through the call steward assignments.

    Made In America: We have been in daily contact with the Mayor’s Office and Live Nation to protect this job and the use of the Parkway for big events. A meeting is scheduled for this Monday which will hopefully resolve the MIA matter. Long term engagement will be needed to keep the Parkway open to big events. Local 8 started a “Save The Parkway” campaign to address the situation.

    Country Spirit USA Festival in Glennmoore Pa. is scheduled for August 24-26. The site is located approximately forty miles Northwest of Philadelphia. Local 8 has opened dialog with the producer but has not secured the work. A public campaign to secure the work will begin on Monday.

    Cirque Du Soleil: A contract was secured through Tri State Staging. The Load In, Show and Load Out will be staffed by Local 8 with the same numbers we have used for the Philly and Camden Cirque Shows. This was not an easy lift as this event was built past Valley Forge at the Oaks Convention Center.

    Welcome America/Taylor Swift: The Stagehands of Local 8 continue to provide professional excellent work to all our jobsites. Incident reports are starting to come down as we enforce our standards of professionalism. The crews of Welcome America and Taylor Swift were particularly noted on social media throughout the country. Their performance through the extreme heat was extraordinary.

    The Met: Live Nation will be opening a fifty-million dollar concert/theater hall on North Broad later this year. The Local is in negotiations to secure this work. The Met will be a significant addition to IATSE Local 8’s resume of venues. The relationship we re-established with this Employer after the last Beyonce debacle has positioned Local 8 to get a contract at this important venue.

    PSAV Negotiations: The Employer refuses to budge on a number of issues. The economics and over-hire language for the Hotel Sections of the contract are unacceptable. We are scheduled to meet next week. The Local will collectively act if no significant progress is made at this meeting.

    Visual Sound Negotiations: The bargaining committee met with the Employer last week. Progress was made and another meeting is scheduled for next week.

    PARX CASINO: The deal at Parx Xcite Center is up and running. The Local does not have exclusive jurisdiction as there was existing work being performed by other unions and in-house technicians prior to the venue opening. Minimum staffing is four stagehands. On the recent Steve Miller show the Local referred twelve hands.

    Outside Work: Local 8 has always worked to get our members jobs in and out of our jurisdiction. Many of our members earn significant wages under Local 52 agreements. This will no doubt increase as the NJ Tax credits roll out. Our members are also being tapped for work in Atlantic City Local 917, Lititz Pa Local 501, Delaware Local 284 and North Jersey Local 632. Please continue to manage your call steward to let us know when you are not available. We also ask you look at the calendar before booking in another Local. If you don’t protect your home, someone might be living their when you get back.

    Safety: The International created a Safety App. Go to your app store, download IATSE Safety Info. The app contains our Local’s Safety Officer contact information and other important stuff.

    Education: Classes continue to be booked and sold out. Over forty people attended the Active Shooter Class this week. OSHA 10 Entertainment Classes have been booked solid. Our training program has made a difference separating us from the non-union labor broker crews that threaten our jobs.

    Labor Stands With Children: Local 8 will be participating with the AFL-CIO in an event on August 15th at Penns Landing. The event is being scheduled to allow Labor to weigh in on the children being separated from their families. Regardless of anyone’s position on immigration, I hope we can all agree children should not be separated from their parents. If you are interested in helping, contact Dan Little or Tricia Barnes Vargo at the Office.

    Our next meeting is September. Updates on the Local’s activities over the Summer will be sent to update the members on significant issues.

    Have a great Summer,

    Mike Barnes President IATSE Local 8

    May 25, 2018

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