Changes in the law, the economy, membership demographics, technology, employers and other factors make it critical that Union representatives keep themselves abreast of current trends and update and hone their skills in areas such as bargaining, organizing, union administration, and law. Workers must continually update their skills and embrace new technologies, equipment, and styles of work in order to meet the demands of their employers and insure that IATSE provides (as we always have) the best workforce in the entertainment industry.
By giving our IATSE locals and members access to training and education, the International hopes to continue to provide excellent representation to the workers we represent and the best, most advanced and highly-skilled workforce to our employers.
The IATSE’s Labor Education Assistance Program provides reimbursement money to officers of local unions who enroll in qualifying Labor Studies Programs. The program covers all Officers, Officials, Trustees, and Executive Board Members of all Local Unions, who are eligible to be reimbursed for one (1) labor studies course each calendar year. Now every representative has access to a broad range of educational opportunities to help them better represent the workers in their jurisdiction.
Locals should be aware that the Trustees of the IATSE Entertainment and Exhibition Industries Training Trust Fund have initiated a program to offer re-imbursement to successful candidates for ETCP Certifications or Recertifications. The IA Training Trust’s “ETCP Certification/Recertification Reimbursement Program” provides reimbursement opportunities for those successfully completing certifications in Stage Rigging, Arena Rigging or Entertainment Electrician. Requests for reimbursement shall be submitted using the “Student Reimbursement Request” form available on-line. The form may be submitted electronically or by mailing a hard copy to the IA Training Trust.
The International has entered into a partnership with InfoComm International to provide InfoComm benefits and membership to all IATSE members, and to promote the importance of trained AV professionals. The IATSE/InfoComm partnership will offer four CTS certification prep courses this year. The course is 3 days long, and there is no cost for qualified students for materials or to attend.
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IATSE workers are the mostly highly skilled craftspeople in the entertainment industry. Likewise, local union leaders must have the best possible skills in order to represent these members and confront the challenges and the pressures of the modern labor environment.
In order to fortify local union leaders to tackle this challenging road before us, the IATSE General Executive Board, in conjunction with the IATSE Education and Training Department, has created the IATSE Officer Institute. Local union leaders at all levels of experience can enroll in this week-long educational program - a comprehensive boot camp where I.A.T.S.E local union officers and Business Agents dive into the nuts and bolts of running a local, being ready to bargain, and building power for members.
Inspired by a growing push to engage young union members across North America, the IATSE Young Workers was formed in January 2012 to identify young leaders and give our young union members a greater understanding of the responsibilities of leadership. Education for young workers is geared towards practical leadership skills, general union knowledge, and empowering them on the jobsite or workplace.