IATSE Local No. 4 is starting a campaign to expand our membership in the Brooklyn and Queens area of New York City. If you are a stagehand who works in our jurisdiction without the benefit of a collective Bargaining Agreement, we would love to hear from you.
Experienced theatrical professionals are needed for our ever expanding venues. Both Brooklyn and Queens are home to a myriad of Theatres, Television Studios, Shops and Stadiums with major new venues on the horizon. The Entertainment Industry is growing. Brooklyn is experiencing a phenomenal Entertainment Renaissance. Concerts, Television and Theatrical productions have once again returned with great magnitude. Therefore, it is necessary for IATSE Local No. 4 to increase its workforce of talented professionals by seeking resumes from experienced technicians. If you are working in the Entertainment Industry, we want to hear from you.
If you are one of the many people working non-union in the areas that support the Entertainment Industry in Brooklyn or Queens and have become frustrated in your job because of:
- Low pay
- Promised or implied raises which never seem to materialize
- Irregular or "scattered" hours for which the total compensation fails to meet your family's basic needs
- Lack of basic benefits such as health care, vacation, retirement account and a pension plan, and
- Unsafe or unhealthy workplace conditions and your understandable reluctance to call these matters to the attention of your employer for fear of losing your job.
IATSE Local No. 4 is a highly specialized Union of preeminent talented professionals working behind the scenes in this fascinating-fast paced world of Show Business. Formed in 1893, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, moving picture technicians, artists and allied crafts of the United States and Canada, AFL-CIO, is comprised of over 100,000 members across the United States and Canada. Union membership offers more than just a job, it offers a rewarding, exciting and enviable career. The benefits of membership are innumerable. Members may attend the local's monthly meetings, vote on contracts and for Officers, and may also run for Office if they are so inclined. Local No. 4 vehemently encourages all members to get involved and make their voices heard. Local No. 4 works tirelessly to protect and enforce worker rights, to encourage a strong and productive workforce. The solution is clear. IATSE Local No. 4!
Local No. 4 members have access to some of the finest medical plans available; coverage even includes benefits omitted from many other plans, such as pre-natal care, dental and eye care, chiropractors, prescription drugs and life insurance.
Local No. 4 members also enjoy both a defined benefit plan and a defined contribution plan. Your participation in both plans begins as soon as you earn your first dollar under covered employment. Your employer will begin to make contributions to a health, welfare, and retirement fund for you for each and every hour that you work; it costs you nothing and is part of the contract.
Without union representation you are often alone and isolated at the lowest end of the work environment and pay scale, lacking the means to protect your own self-interests. Alone, you have very little negotiating power against an employer who is determined to give you as little as possible. With union affiliation, you are participating in crucial decisions that affect your life, such as daily wages, continuing education, medical benefits for your family, holiday pay, retirement benefits and working conditions. You receive professional representation in the workplace. Your participation in these critical decisions is an example of the democratic process working for you.
Know Your Rights:
Under the National Labor Relations Action (NLRA), you have the legal right to form a union in your workplace.
Section 7 of The NLRA says:
"Employees shall have the right to self-organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representation of their own choosing, and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining . . . ."
Section 8(a) of The NLRA says:
"It shall be an unfair labor practice for an employer . . . to interfere with, restrain, or coerce employees in the exercise of the rights guaranteed in section 7. . . ."
It is Your Legal Right as an Employee to:
- Join a union of your choosing.
- Attend a union meeting on your own time.
- Sign a "white" card or get others to sign cards.
- Talk to a union organizer.
- Declare yourself a union supporter.
- Assist in forming a union.
- Talk "union" to other employees.
- Wear union buttons or pass out union literature.
- Join together and work as a team in order to help each other.
- Deal with their employer as a group, rather than individually.
- Take group action as necessary in order to gain desired goals so long as these actions violate no other laws.
It does not mean that Employees have the Right to:
Carry on union activity during working hours or to allow their union activity to interfere with their jobs. (For this purpose, break time and lunch time are not considered as working hours).
Even though it is illegal for employers to hinder your interest in the union, many employers strongly resist their employees' efforts to gain a voice at work through unionization.
To get a union started, the first thing you need to do is quietly talk to your co-workers. Do they share the same concerns you have? Or, do they have other issues? Is there a common theme to these concerns, such as lack of respect and dignity; lack of a voice in the workplace; unfair treatment; and/or wages and benefits lower than other people working in the same industry?
A Typical Organizing Campaign
The campaign will consist of talking with co-workers about the union, asking them to sign a petition of support. When there is a majority of support (Over 50% of employees have signed the petition of support), the union will file for an election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Usually, the NLRB will then meet with the union and the employer to establish the criteria for employees who will be eligible to vote in the union election. The NLRB sets a date for a secret ballot election.
Contact Local No. 4 today!
For membership information, contact:
IATSE Local No. 4 at (718) 252-8777 or email Business Manager Kenneth Purdy