PROCEEDINGS OF THE 53rd CONVENTION DISTRICT NO. ONE
INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE OF THEATRICAL STAGE EMPLOYEES,
MOVING PICTURE TECHNICIANS, ARTISTS AND ALLIED CRAFTS of the
UNITED STATES, ITS TERRITORIES AND CANADA
ALASKAóIDAHOóMONTANAóOREGON--WASHINGTON

        HELD AT: SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
        CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
        DATE: Saturday, July 14, 2001 at 10:00 AM

    At 10:10 a.m., July 14, 2001, the 53rd Convention of District One, IATSE, commenced and the following proceedings were held.

    Chairman England call the Convention to order and ask Joel Youngerman, Sergeant at Arms to escort International President Thomas C. Short, General Secretary-Treasurer Michael W. Proscia, 9th International Vice-President Michael J. Sullivan and International Representative Deborah Reed into the Convention. President Short than addressed the Delegates.

    President Short welcomed the Delegates to Chicago and asked the Delegates to read the Report of the President as it shows the progress of the International during the past three years.

   He stated we have seen this Alliance grow from its twelve local unions with about one hundred members, to over one hundred thousand members in over four hundred fifty local unions throughout the United States and Canada. Membership has increased by over 12% since our last Convention, now representing over 100,000 members, the highest rate of membership in our 108-year history. We have broadened our geographical expanse to include the Territories of the United States with the foresight that inclusion in this Union will benefit all those employed in our industry, and provide them with the representation they and their families deserve.

    Since our last Convention, this Administration has fought hard to level the playing field with the many employers. By establishing departments within the IATSE, we are now more attentive to the needs of our fundamental existence and we are able to provide cohesive and concentrated efforts in terms of our various craft and geographic jurisdictions. Each of the five departments-Stage Craft, Motion Picture and Television Production, Organizing, Trade Show and Display Work, and Canadian Affairs Ė are meeting the challenges facing our industry by developing strategies to guide and assist all Locals in those respective areas.

    He reported since the establishment of the Building Fund in 1995, that fund increased to the point where the International was able to purchase a building of our own for the first time in the 108-year history of the International. The building we own is located in Toluca Lake, California which is located between Los Angeles and Burbank, an area know as one of the major hubs of our industry.

    President Short that appealed to the Delegates to give the four-year Convention proposal utmost attention and very careful consideration. The number of national and international unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO has decreased by more than half largely because of economic strains. The treasury of this International cannot continue to be strained every three years. We must be prudent with the funds of this International and use them to continue to protect the interests of our membership. By eliminating the need to hold our Conventions every three years we will be able to continue to hold more open meetings of the General Executive Board throughout the United States, its Territories and Canada. A four-year convention will enable us to continue to provide the necessary funds for ever increasing delegatesí hotel accommodations and air transportation which is becoming more and more costly as a result of deregulation.

    He also appealed to the Delegates to consider adopting his proposal to expand the General Executive Board from eleven Vice Presidents to thirteen. He believes this expansion will assist the Board in its decision-making process and benefit the Internationalís ever-increasing membership.

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: We will now seat Delegates and Guests:

                          DELEGATES

LOCAL #

CITY & STATE DELEGATE NAME

15

 Seattle, Washington    Frank Baird

15

  Seattle, Washington    Diana J. Gervais
15   Seattle, Washington    Laurel Horton
15   Seattle, Washington    William Wickline
28   Portland, Oregon    Tom Bugas
28   Portland, Oregon    John R. DiSciullo
93   Spokane, Washington    Dale Cyr
93   Spokane, Washington    Pat Deveraux.
240   Billings, Montana    No Delegate
339   Missoula, Montana    No Delegate
488   Pacific Northwest    Charles A. Carlsen
488   Pacific Northwest    Sandra England
488   Pacific Northwest    David Ray Robinson
488   Pacific Northwest    Robert    M. Riggs
488   Pacific Northwest    Joel Youngerman
675   Eugene Oregon    No Delegate
793   State of Washington    No Delegate
871   Hollywood, California    Lainie Miller
887   Seattle, Washington    Benita M. Hyder
918   Anchorage, Alaska    Samia Estaisi
925   Merged into Local 99    No Delegate
B-20   Portland, Oregon    Christine Bachman
                              GUESTS
15   Seattle, Washington    Jerry Crangi
871   Hollywood, California    Cassandra Barrert
887   Seattle, Washington    Kara Weeks
B-20   Portland, Oregon    Bambi Ooley

   

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: Do I have a motion to seat the Delegates and Guests?

    DELEGATE YOUNGERMAN, LOCAL 488: I so move.

    DELEGATE RIGGS, LOCAL 488: I second the motion.

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: You have heard the motion? Is there anyone on the question. Hearing none. All in favor signify by saying I, opposed, so ordered.

COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: For our 53rd Convention:

Resolutions: Robert Riggs and Diana Gervais.
Grievance: Charlie Carlsen and Lainie Miller.
Finance: LeRoy Frengle, Laurel Horton and Brian Ference
Insurance: Benita Hyder and Tom Bugas.
Constitution: Phil LaFond and Allison Birchwood.

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: Reading of the minutes of the previous convention and Final Curtain and I will hand it over to the District Secretary for the reading of the previous convention minutes. All though I would accept a motion, seeing that they were mailed to everybody. Is there anybody who does not have the minutes that were mailed out? I would accept a motion since that they were read by the Locals that we could suspend the reading of the minutes. Hearing none we will read the minutes.

    DELEGATE YOUNGERMAN, LOCAL 488: So moved.

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: Do I have a second?

    DELEGATE MILLER, LOCAL 871: Second.

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: Does everybody understand the motion? So everybody got it, had the opportunity to read it that we are going to dispense with the reading here. All in favor signify by saying I, opposed, so ordered.

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: We have verbatim minutes of the last convention and will do the same here today. This moves us Final Curtain:

                                  DEATH'S   2000    

DA#

DOD NAME LOCAL CHECK AMOUNT
1-787U 1/4/00    George A. Basil 401/175   211635    $1,500.00
2-788U 5/4/00    Neil McDonald 15   9503824    $1,500.00
3-789U 6/2/00    Joel Maddux   HWD   9525444        $1,500.00
4-790U 3/1/00    Ernest T. Adams 15   9574643    $2,000.00
 5-791U 1/14/94    Clarence Barnhart 159/28   9587581    $1,500.00
  6   8/16/00    Scott Bowie  488    
  7 10/30/00    Gordon Clark 28    
                                  DEATH'S

  2001

   
1-792U 1/19/01    Albert Oczkewicz 154    9757523          $1,500.00
2-793U 12/12/00    William Brower 93   9755678    $1,500.00
3-794U 12/14/00    Jack Sparks 175/HWD   9759855     $1,500.00
4-795U  1/22/01    Roy McDonald 15   9794515    $1,500.00
5-796U 2/28/01    Edwin Hauff HWD   9815315    $1,500.00

 6

2/6/01    Alexander Hutchison 15    
7-797U  6/4/01    Arthur R. Riplinger 154/HWD      $1,500.00

      CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: I ask the delegates to stand for a moment of silence for our departed brothers.

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: Now we will go to the Report of the District Secretary.

    SECRETARY DISCIULLO:

53rd CONVENTION DISTRICT NO. 1, I.A.T.S.E.

REPORT OF THE DISTRICT SECRETARY

    This is the 53rd Convention of District No. One This report will cover the financial standing and events of this District that pertain to my duties as District Secretary.

    Since the 52nd Convention in Portland, Oregon we have 12 Locals in District No. One. At the end of the 2nd quarter of 2001 the membership of District No. One is as follows: Local 15, Seattle, Washington: 295, Local 28, Portland, Oregon: 165, Local 93, Spokane, Washington: 61, Local 240, Billings, Montana: 31, Local 339, Missoula, Montana: 34, Local 488, Pacific Northwest: 385, Local 675, Eugene, Oregon: 33, Local 793, State of Washington: 31, Local 871, Hollywood, California has 10 members in District No 1, Local 887, Seattle, Washington: 60, Local 918, Anchorage, Alaska: 30, and Local B-20, Portland, Oregon: 69 for a total of 1155 members paying Per Capita. This total is 99 members since our last Convention. As of this report Locals 240, 339, 675 and 793 have not paid their 2nd Quarter Dues.

    Local 15, 93, 339, 675 and B-20 are still covered under the District Insurance Plan with United of Omaha. The Locals are paying $2.70 per member per month. The amount has been guarantee for the rest of this year.

    The General Account Balances: June 30, 2001: $20,196.36. The Insurance Fund Balances: June 30, 2001: $9,017.69. For a full breakdown of expenditures, see the enclosed Balance Sheets. The Expenses for our first Interim Convention in January 2000 was $2,850.00 for delegate expenses and $311.95 for Convention Food. Having the minutes typed and printed was $405.77 for total expenses for the convention of $3,255.77. Even with this added expenses we show a gain of $2,000.00 for the period of January 1, 2000 to June 30, 2001. If the Convention accepts my recommendation to hold our next interim in Spokane I feel that with air fairs the expenses would be around $5,000.00 to $6,000.00 as I am sure we would have to spend one night in Spokane. My second city would be Seattle as we could do the Convention in one day and save the hotel expense.

    International Representative Sandra England will give a report on her progress in the Pacific Northwest and what is going on with regards to the International.

    The Web Page is doing fine and since May 13, 1998 we have had just under 5000 hits on the page. The most hits on the site has been in the older history pages. I have had a new home page designed for a cost of $300.00. The pages in the early 1900 are the most hits with some pages over 325 hits. I would still like more information from the Locals to put on their pages, but as of now I have had no input. This site belongs to all the Unions and would hope that we can start off the new century with more information from the Locals. At the last Convention the Finance Committee decided to set aside up to $500.00 for a firewall on the web page. After talking to my web host he said it was not a good idea as it would allow anyone to change other things on the page. Instead we created a secure page so that information would be sent to me and I would put in into a page from the Local and all of us with the password would be able to read and reply to me. I gave notice of this to all the Locals, and have yet to receive anything from any of the Locals. It is there for you to use.

    Finally, I want to thank all the Locals in the District for their help during the past year and one half.

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: I would take a motion to approve the Report of the District Secretary-Treasurer.

    DELEGATE YOUNGERMAN, LOCAL 488: I so move.

    DELEGATE MILLER, LOCAL 871: I second the motion.

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: Is there any discussion on it?

    CHARLES CARLSEN, LOCAL 488: I would like to thank John for the work he does on the Web Page.

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: Has everyone here seen the Web Page? It is districtone.com. That is one word "districtone".

    SECRETARY DISCIULLO: And believe it or not, there is another District Web Sight and it is for District 4. IATSE District 4.

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: Is there any further discussion on the District Secretaries Report? All in favor signify by saying I, opposed, the report is accepted. Now we will here from the Chairman of the Advisory Board, Laurel Horton, Local 15 for her report.

    DELEGATE HORTON, LOCAL 15: Hello I am the Chairman of the Advisory Board. We did not meet. I did e-mail members who had e-mail addresses and also sent faxís to the listed fax numbers that I had. The communicationís system within the District leaves a little to be desired, as far an Iím concerned. Thatís my report.

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: I will take a motion to accept that report.

    DELEGATE BUGAS, LOCAL 28: I so move.

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: Do I have a second on that? Any discussion on that? All in favor signify by saying I, opposed, so ordered. Next would be the report of the Legislative Committee. Nobody did it so lets move on. Communications and Bills, John go ahead.

    SECRETARY DISCIULLO: Most of the communications regards the Death Insurance than anything else. Over the year 2000 I sent out a report from the Group Insurance that states we are the plan and we should be contacted for any information that me be needed. For the Locals that are still under the plan it is real important that the beneficiaryís cards are up to date and sent in to me. I know of only 1or 2 locals who have a card for all there members and that is Local B-20. Also all the death forms must come to me, as I have to vitrify the date before they will pay the claim. For the year 2000. Letter from the International regarding the passing of International Representative Elsten B. Maxwell. Letter for Local 15 with names of there Officers. Letter from the International regarding Raleigh W. Banks was hospitalized with a stroke. I sent a letter to the International regarding our 52nd Convention with pictures that were printed in the Bulletin. For the year 2001. Since Dale Cyr has been secretary of Local 93 I am finally getting e-mail from someone. Letter from the International regarding purchasing Bond Insurance. If you donít have bond insurance you should have it. The prices that are given seam to be in line with other insurance companies. Letter from Local 871 regarding the meeting they are having on Sunday, July 15 at 5 PM in the Missouri Room. Letter from the International regarding United Brotherhood of Carpenters disaffiliation from the AFL-CIO. Letter to the Locals about the secure site on the Web Page.

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: That is all the communications received between District Conventions. Next we will have the State of Trade Reports with the first report will be from Local 15, Seattle Washington.

State of the Trade July 2001

    Business continues to boom for stagehands in Seattle.

    In April 2000, Local 15 hired a professional Business Representative, Bill Wickline. So far the experience has been extremely positive for all involved. The membership is so enamored with Mr. Wickline that they voted him in as a Journeyman member of the Local and elected him to represent them at this convention.

    The Local has again entered its year of many open contracts. With the help of active unit members, the Seattle Repertory Theatre contract was successfully negotiated by Bill Wickline and Joel Youngerman this spring. Thanks to Sandra England, Seattle Children's and Intiman Theatres have reached a tentative agreement with Locals 15, 488 and 887. Local 15 is currently in negotiations for its largest multi-employer contract, which includes the Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Seattle Symphony. This fall Brother Wickline's plate will be full with the 5th Avenue Theatre, ACT and the City of Seattle.

    With Brother Wickline's help, the Local is pursuing written agreements with all employers, thereby ending the era of the "handshake deals" of the past. We continue to strive to bring the wages of all employees up to at least $15 per hour.

    Times are rockier for our Projectionist brothers and sisters. They have lost a couple of full time positions over the last year and many of their employers have files for bankruptcy. Things may be looking up however, with the successful sale of Landmark Cinemas. The new employer has implemented the contract negotiated prior to the sale and the workers have received substantial wage increases and four months of retroactive pay. Recently, the Projectionists have begun work on their training program, which will hopefully become a part of the Local 15 Apprentice program in the next year or so.

    Happily, the Local has restructured its Apprentice program and enrolled 23 new apprentices. The new Local 15 Apprentice program is designed to last two years and can be tailored to each Apprentice according to his/her skills, talents and ambitions. Based on a process of review by Journeyman who are considered Masters in their craft, the new program gives the Apprentices more control over their educationís and as a result, the shapes of their careers. The goal set for new Apprentices is a level of proficiency in the eyes of their piers and for personal satisfaction. Iím very excited about the new program and hope someday it may serve as a model for Stage Apprenticeship.

    Organizing has been a continuing struggle for the Local. A drive at the Village Theatre last year was poorly timed and unsuccessful. We are launching a new drive before the season

    Organizing has been a continuing struggle for the Local. A drive at the Village Theatre last year was poorly timed and unsuccessful. We are launching a new drive before the season starts and people become unavailable. A recent battle was won against Nasco, a non-union labor provider in our fair city. Party Planners West refused our bid for the All Star Gala ad hired Nasco but eventually bowed to political pressure and gave the work to Local 15. Other current organizing targets include Meany Hall, the Tacoma Dome and possibly the Gorge.

    Membership in the Local, currently 320, continues to increase thanks in part to our Union security clauses. We have several workers who chose financial core status and currently have two Beck/Hudson objectors. Expulsion of delinquent members is still a problem.

   Overall, workers are working and the leadership of Local 15 is strong and committed.

   Respectfully submitted, Laurel S. Horton, President, Local 15.

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: Now we here from Frank Baird with the Projectionist report from LocaL 15.

    DELEGATE BAIRD, LOCAL 15:

State of the Trade Report for

The Projectionists of Local 15

    It's been a very eventful three years since of in Toronto. The seeds were planted at that very convention to merge Local 154 into Local 15. With a lot of hard work by officers of both locals a merger was consummated two years ago. It has been a very beneficial merger. Since the number of projectionist jobs was declining rapidly, it made sense. We have embarked on some cross training programs to help members in both areas train for more work.

    The other large positive for us was the dissolving of our Health and Welfare trust and joining the International Health and Welfare fund. This has enabled us to get far better coverage that we had, at a lesser cost. The change over went pretty smooth thanks to a great deal of work done by Frank Baird, Vice President for Projection.

    In our trade the greatest problem facing us today is the bankruptcy of most of the theatre companies in the U.S. In Seattle three of our four largest employers are currently in bankruptcy or just coming out of it. We have recently enacted a new three-year contract with Landmark Theatres, which has just come out of bankruptcy. We have six months to go with Cineplex Odeon, and we will need to renegotiate with General Cinema when they come out of bankruptcy. So we have a very tough road to hoe ahead of us.

    We continue to do lots of small calls around Seattle. And we just finished with the Seattle International Film Festival. The SIFF has turned into the longest running, largest, and best attended film festival in the U.S. This year it ran for three weeks and three days at five venues. They had 242 films and 412 individual screenings. It went very well this year thanks to the very hard work of our members.

    In May, for projectionists and stagehands we had a seminar of Digital Projection. As we know this will be the future of our trade so we wanted to be able to meet this new challenge head on. Our jobs will probably change as they did with the arrival of zenon lamps, platters, and automation. Hopefully by getting a head start on the new technology we will be able to adapt as we did to the other changes.

    In the last three years we have been able to hang on to most of the jobs we had three years ago. We currently have about 26 full time jobs. We had about 32 three years ago. A few of the losses have been theatres closed in the wake of bankruptcy reorganizations. Over all we are trying to our best to keep up with the changing face of exhibition and prepare our members for future technologies. We are trying to cross train some as stagehands so if we have further cut backs due to new technologies we will be able to keep our trained people in union jobs.

    Submitted by Brian Whitish, Business Agent Projection, Local 15

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: Local 28, Tom Bugas.

    DELEGATE BUGAS, LOCAL 28:

STATE OF THE TRADE REPORTóLOCAL 28

    Local 28 has had a busy year in Portland since we last met. Last yearís contract negotiations brought us agreements with all of our previous employers. The Local has contracts with Portland Opera Association, Portlandís Broadway Theater Season, Oregon Arena Corporation, Oregon Ballet Theater, Oregon Symphony Orchestra, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Oregon Childrenís Theater and One-Voice Productions. We have been able to keep the wages effectively even from contract to contract despite some differences in conditions. Having an in house payroll system has given us flexibility in pursuing the events presented by smaller promoters and industrial and convention presenters. We continue to have problems keeping up an abundant list of extra referral workers due to the tight job market locally.

    In the summer of 2000 the local completed a long sought effort and signed a contract with Portland Opera Association to organize their wardrobe department. Four years ago we made an agreement to phase in the unit. In the present contract we finished the phase in during the second year. From now on all the wardrobe and hair workers on Portland Operaís five productions per year will belong to Local 28. The agreement means a raise in wages and the receipt of 401K and health benefits for the first time for this unit. The wage rates are in complete parity with stagehand rates. So far we have sworn in 15 new members as a result of this agreement. Now that sister Local 488 has an agreement for the Operaís scene shop workers, the Operaís costume shop is the only remaining step in making Portland Opera an all Union shop.

    Last year there were three different promoter groups vying to build and operate an outdoor amphitheater venue in the Portland area. The biggest problem presented to the siting of a venue comes from neighborhood associations. The result is that there is no new outdoor venue being built or used in the metro area. There have been two major venues for outdoor concerts in the area: Civic Stadium and the horse racing track Portland Meadows. Both venues have been plagued with complaints by neighbors over noise. The non-union presenter at Portland Meadows has been denied a permit to continue use of the venue and has been having public relations problems with their new chosen location some 25 miles from Portland. The Stadium has been rebuilt and renamed PGE Park, to be used as a minor league baseball venue, with a permit to allow up to eight rock shows per year, but with a limit on sound levels and mandated end of concert times. We are pursuing supplying stagehands for those shows.

    The most notable item of news from our Local is the imminent retirement from the Business Representative office by Brother John DiSciullo. Local 28 has much to thank John for. Johnny became a member in February of 1957 and over the years he has held a number of elected positions in the Local, notably as Financial Secretary and Business Representative. When he served as the Localís financial officer he spearheaded the creation of a health care program for the members that continues today. John served as Business Representative from 1968 to 1971 and was reelected in 1982. He has held the position since his second election and in that capacity has seen the Local through the most sustained period of growth in membership and business we have ever experienced. Johnís skills as clerk, bookkeeper, negotiator, and office manager and call steward are legendary. He has given his time and expertise unselfishly and generously through the years. Although he is not running for Business Representative we will still have access to his guidance and perspective since he will be remaining in the office next door at Local 488 and will remain active in our Localís management. Local 28 owes a great debt of gratitude to John DiSciullo.

    Our most difficult challenge in the last year has been from the State of Oregonís Bureau of Labor and Industries, which controls our apprentice program. Since Oregon is one of the few states requiring stagehands to have a state electrical license, they hold sway over how we advance our apprentices. Due to a variety of legal problems with the state, our apprentices have been unable to advance in a system that becomes more arcane by the day. Our Joint Apprentice Training Committee, our officers and a few members have spent months working at the state level to come up with solutions to obstacles that the Bureau of Labor and Industries keeps erecting in our path. We hope to have the problems mostly out of our way in the next few months but all our hard work will need a dose of good luck to help us along.

    So it is that recent success and new challenges approach us this year. We will soon have a change in leadership to make the upcoming year even more interesting than the last. Luckily our strong hand of guidance from our outgoing Business Representative will still be around to help us move into the next phase. We at Local 28 embrace the future thanks to the high quality of work from our members that has given us the ability to achieve our current level of wages, benefits and conditions.

    Respectfully submitted, Tom Bugas, Executive Board Local 28

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: Now we will here the report for Local 93, Pat Devereaux.

    DELEGATE DEVEREAUX, LOCAL 93:

State of the Trade ReportóSpokane, Washington

    July, 2001

    As the old saying goes, "the more things change, the more the As an officer and delegate from Local #93, I have been asked of the Trade Report". This is not the first I have done and it will be the last, but I do know that while technology and changed dramatically, many of the problems that small locals encounter are much the same as they have been for decades.

    Local #93 has had some great things happen in the recent past

    While many of the touring shows don't remember the "old Coliseum", those of us in the Local look with appreciation at our new arena, now operational nearly 5 years. If nothing else this was a great improvement in the working conditions for the Spokane stagehand.

    Recently the Spokane Symphony purchased the old Fox Theatre in the downtown area with the intention of renovating it and making it a first class hall. How this will impact Local #93 only time will tell.

    During the 1999-2000 touring Broadway Season, Spokane became only the 3rd city in the "world" and the only city in the United States to host touring productions of Les Miz, Miss Saigon and Phantom during the same season. Spokane joined Toronto and Vienna with this honor. It was quite an achievement and Local #93 was a big part of it. Up until that season Spokane had never been host to a multiple week production. Consequently it made a huge financial impact on the Local and its members. It was comparable to Expo 74, which was huge.

    During the past few years Local 93 has taken a much more proactive position towards organizing, resulting in many new members. It is hoped that organizing the people working within the craft in our area rather than only looking at people that routinely take calls on assignment through the Local, will result in a more pro-union environment in the Spokane area.

    Spokane is still very conservative and has traditionally taken a dim view of organized labor. Given that statement, Local 93 has been able to survive in this climate and is fast approaching its 100th year anniversary.

    A brief history of Local 93 is in order.

    Formed in 1902 with 17 charter members. Nearly dissolved 50 years ago, but was saved by     amalgamating with Operators Local 185. Given a huge shot in the arm with Expo 74 and the building of the Washington State Pavilion, which became the Spokane Opera House.

    No nearly 100 years after its birth, Stage Local 93 has become Mixed Local 93 and has lost all ties to Operators Local 185 with the passage of time and the extinction of the union motion picture operator in Spokane.

    With that Local 93 is larger, more than 60 members, and stronger than ever before.

    Members and friends of Local 93 will be celebrating the glorious history of the IA in Spokane during the summer of 2002; we invite you to join us at our celebration.

    Pat Devereaux, Local 93

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: Do we have a State of Trade Report from Local 240 and Local 339?

    SECRETARY DISCIULLO: No.

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: That now takes us to Local 488 Studio Mechanics of the Pacific Northwest. Robert Riggs

    DELEGATE RIGGS, LOCAL 488:

I.A.T.S.E District One Convention - July 14, 2001

2001 STATE OF THE TRADE

Local 488 Studio Mechanics of the Pacific Northwest

    At our last convention in 2000, I reported that Local 488's membership rolls had stabilized with 425 members, down from the high-water mark of 490 members in 1995. As of today, our membership still totals around that mark, fluctuating between 380 and 425 active members. As the nature of our work under contract remains cyclical and members travel outside of our jurisdiction to seek work, we have realized that the number of members will always fluctuate and we must budget and plan accordingly. While the percentage of members per classification remains the same we have noticed a trend of losing older, more experienced members and replacing them with younger or new to the trade members. This trend has refocused attention on our training programs and the Local is taking steps to revitalize these efforts.

    While the Local still enjoys success in organizing projects when they enter our jurisdiction, the fundamental changes in the film and television business mean there are fewer projects coming our way. The lingering effects of SAG television commercial strike last year has also meant fewer commercial contracts as more and more commercials are now shot in Canada or overseas. While the threat of the SAG strike for film and TV gave our Local a huge economic boost in the productions of Rose Red and The Hunted as they scrambled to finish before the contract deadline; there now is a production vacuum that could last in the Northwest for some time.

    At our Portland convention I reported that the Local's relationship with the Washington Film Office had deteriorated to the point where it was damaged irreparably until a change in staff takes place. No change in the WSFO has taken place and despite repeated efforts by the Local to reestablish the previous levels of trust needed for a good working relationship it must be stated the Local feels that it simply will not happen. The Local has a good relationship with Oregon Film Office but feels that the present director doesn't really understand all of the nuances of the film industry.

    The sale of the Portland office building forced the Local to relocate that office and we are currently sharing space with our sister Local's 28 & B-20. It is our understanding that Local 28 plans to purchase a building at some time in the near future which could encourage Local 488 to consider the purchase of an Oregon office.

    Internally the Local is still strong. Changes in internal procedures and accounting made earlier and reported in other State of the Trade reports continue to reap benefits and the Local is in good enough financial health to offer one free stamp to any member who pre pays for calendar year. The stewardship of Secretary-Treasurer John DiSciullo has continued to leave the Local in a good position for the uncertain times ahead.

    In the eighteen months since the last District Convention the number of contracts the Local holds with theaters has risen from 5 to 9 representing both Scenic Painters and Hair & Makeup workers. 7 of these contracts are in Seattle and 2 are in Portland. These contracts would not have been secured without the hard work of Business Agents Joel Youngerman and Charlie Carlsen, International Representative Sandy England and with invaluable assistance from Locals 15, 28 and 887.

    While the Local at one time had hopes that Movies of the Week would supply a steady stream of work, they have all but disappeared from our jurisdiction. The networks produce fewer due to changes in their financing structures and the ones that do look at us still seem to go to Canada and other places where we cannot and will not compete.

    The dot com shake up and the softness of the Wall Street markets have delayed the Northwest from becoming the center of the so called "new media". But the new media will become a larger and larger force to reckon with as the technology progresses to the point where the distribution models change radically. In a few short years we have gone from talking about digital movies, to the small budget independents shooting digitally to studios shooting and distributing digitally. The IA and Local 488 must be a part of this industry expansion.

    As stated before, challenges the Local still face include the cost of having two full time offices and those inherent in having a jurisdiction that spans four states. Other areas of concern are member education, involvement and training. The Local has failed to use to its advantage political gains it made at state and local levels early in its existence and must realize it is now further behind in the political arena then ever before. It also must be stated that the Local has failed to make any significant inroads in organizing local production companies. Only by showing new types of initiative and action can the Local hope to position itself to grow an even survive in the twenty first century.

    While at present time Local 488 is in good shape, only by challenging and changing its very core beliefs on all levels will it be in any shape to progress in this century. If the Local is to remain a viable instrument to promote its members interests it must be ready and willing to reinvent itself into a form it has to this date still not contemplated.

    Respectfully Submitted--Robert M. Riggs--President, IATSE Local 488

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: Thanks Bob.

    DELEGATE YOUNGERMAN, LOCAL 488: I would just like to add to that report, Bobby neglected to mention that we have been able to secure contracts with out the corporation Theatrical Wardrobe Local 887 and I would like to thank them for their help.

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: So noted. Do we have a report for Eugene, Oregon 675?

    SECRETARY DISCIULLO: No.

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: 793 State of Washington, Broadcast Local, did they file a report.

    SECRETARY DISCIULLO: No.

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: I will give a short report. TBSE, Television Broadcast Local 793 in the State of Washington has a cart contract with National Mobile Television and with Crews Northwest which is a crewing service. It has been a boom year for them and they donít have a delegate here because every single person with that Local is working at this point on either the All Star Game or back on baseball. With the addition of the two Japanese players on the Mariners this year they have three broadcasts every single home game. Which is a home site broadcast and away feed and a Japanese feed for every single one of the games this year. It been an employment boom for the broadcast guys along with added golf and other events around and the WNBA team this summer has been very, very busy along with the All Star Game. So currently that Local continues to grow, they have organizing targets. They still are not organized as local union as I wish they were but they are starting to come together and move forward and we except them to be a local that continues to grow. With that I will call on Local 871, Hollywood, California, Script Supervisors at all.

    DELEGATE MILLER, LOCAL 871:

    Script Supervisors, Teleprompter Operators, Art Department Coordinators, Production Accountants and Assistant Production Accountants. We cover the thirteen western states and that is why we belong to this region. I would like to report to you some things that are not in my report, that is because of our merger we have gone to about 750 members at this time. Like the rest of you we are effected deeply by the technology. We are very fortunate right now that we are able to take advantage the HB One Grant, which is a three million grant that has helped us keep are members up with the technology. We held up a little while because we were negotiating to bring people into the bargaining unit before that before the merger had not been the bargaining unit. We did not have the ability to get the contract service people pickup there portion, and now that we have resolved that for more than half of the newly admitted members by merger we are going ahead and take care of that. There has been tremendous technological advances that has improved our ability to move on with our marking field and interview people who are interested in us.

    The most important in my report to District One is the mergers that have been done. One important thing that has to do with the Pacific Northwest is that Canada in on the other side of you and the same way as you have the ability to trade off leads with each other seems to be helping the border all across Canada. Our continuity of travel has worked for us. 891, when I came into the position five years ago it was unheard of having anybody going up there. That is not the case now, with regards to the who goes up there they know that we have at lease a dozen members in the Pacific Northwest ready to go. So I think it has been very helpful, we have another group we have to go back to the table for the accounts and the assistant accounts and the locals in Canada really want us to prevail in our efforts for this unit. So I want to let you know if you have any questions because you have classifications that we represent, that maybe we could be helpful with any information.

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: Once again, I would like to thank this Local.

    We have plenty of Hollywood Locals that claim who jurisdiction within the Pacific Northwest, but the one Local that actual pays Per-Capita, shows up and participates is the Script Supervisors and I think we should all salute them. Applause

    Now we will here from Local 887.

    DELEGATE HYDER, LOCAL 887:

STATE OF THE TRADE REPORT

For IATSE Local 887

    On Monday, June 18, 2001, TWU 887 celebrated is 40th Anniversary with a party held on the set the one women show, "Late Night Catechism" which is running at the Contemporary Theatre in Seattle. We had the pleasure of presenting Charter Member Jo Hart with her Gold Card and acknowledging her retirement. The membership has reach sixty, which seamed unbelievable to Jo and several other retired members who attended the affair.

    We renegotiated our contracts with Seattle Opera, Seattle Repertory, The 5th Avenue Theatre and The Seattle Theatre Group, which included the Paramount and the Moore Theatres. We are currently in negotiations with Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham and Pacific Northwest Ballet.

    Our number one push is to achieve parity with in wages with other stage crafts. Our employers are not all willing to admit we have been the victims of a gender bias but in the end everyone of them has been willing to make considerably more than the obligatory cost of living increase. We are making progress.

    With many new members were finding more people willing to help with negotiations and committees.

    We just held two information meetings with Carol Staub from the IA National Benefit office and subsequently voted to change our medical plan from the FLEX Plan to the IA Plan. We are very pleased to have such a wonderful opportunity to offer our members something of such tangible value.

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: 918 Mixed Local, Anchorage, Alaska.

    DELEGATE ESTASSI, LOCAL 918:

STATE OF THE TRADE REPORT

IATSE Local 918

    The State of Trade in Anchorage has remained fairly constant since our constant since our Convention in Portland. All of our existing contracts have been renewed, with an average wage increase of 2% and annuity contribution between 9% and 10%. We are scheduled to vote to renew our contract with the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts this month. We are pleased to have gained our first Golden time clause in this contract, with our wages increasing to 1 Ĺ times at 1:00 AM. We also had the opportunity to work the 2001 Special Olympics through a temporary contract.

    Membership has also remained somewhat constant. We currently have 30 members, having gained a few and lost a few. We continue to use a large number of extras for the bigger shows and have an extra list of over 30 people. Our commitment to train both members and extras has continued with several classes scheduled for August, including Rigging, Electricís and Fly classes.

    Our organizing efforts will be directed toward gaining a working relationship with Crossroads Productions, a young and growing company who work all the large venues in Anchorage, SMG, who manages the arena and convention center, and Alaska Dance Theatre, a local ballet company. We are also hopeful that current talks of a new convention center will pan out and Local918 will secure a contract with the new venue.

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: Thank you Samia. 925, Boise, Idaho, do we have a report from them?

    SECRETARY DISCIULLO: At this time I donít know if that local still exists.

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: I think that Local has merged. Local B-20, Portland, Oregon, Theatre Employees.

    DELEGATE BACHMAN, LOCAL B-20:

STATE OF THE TRADE REPORT
For IATSE Local B-20
Fifty-third Convention
District One
July 14, 2001

B-20, Portland, Oregon: Consists of Ushers, Gate Attendants, Ticket Sellers and Elevator Operators.

    Since the last District One meeting in January 2000, our membership has steadily increased and our finances have remained in the black. This has been quite an accomplishment for our local, and largely due to the help and guidance of Sandra England, Co-Director of Organizing for IATSE and The International. We also would like to thank John DiSciullo, Local 28 and 488 for taking us under their wing and finding office space for us, along with theirs, when we all had to move recently.

    Last July, we lost one of our venues, The Portland Civic Stadium, to Portland Family Entertainment. PFE and the City of Portland together decided on a business venture to bring Triple A Baseball to Portland. When it officially opened this past April, after a remodel, a decision was made to seriously start an organizing campaign. Jerry Crangi of Local 15 in Seattle has been appointed head of the organizing campaign and we are currently moving forward with this. This may be a bit premature, but so far things look positive. If all goes well at PGE Park, we hope to segue are efforts to the Rose Garden Arena.

    We are currently under way on negotiating a new 3-year contract. We are trying to include strong just cause language, as well as card check neutrality for future venues. We are hopeful to be adding the coatroom staff, another job classification, to our membership.

    Again, many thanks to Sandra England, The International, John DiSciullo, Local 28 and 488 for all their support.

    Respectfully submitted, Christine Bachman, Business Agent, Local B-20

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: That would conclude the reading of the State of Trades Reports.

    SECRETARY DISCIULLO: And if anybody has them in writing, please give me a copy.

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: At this point of the meeting, were going to break into the committees. The Resolutions that are submitted in your book, Iím going to rule out of order. They were not submitted to this body by a Delegate who is seated from this District. So the resolutions submitted by Ephraim Dunsky of Local 1 are not going to be sent to the Resolution Committee as I am going to rule them out of order. So the Resolution Committee at this point has no resolutions before it, so you guys just do what ever your going to do. John, due you have things to submit to the Finance and Insurance Committees?

    SECRETARY DISCIULLO: Why donít I read the recommendations and then we can pick one by one and reefer them to committee.

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: That will be fine, why donít you read the recommendations.

    SECRETARY DISCIULLO: Recommendations of the District Secretary which you have a copy of them in your packets.

  1. The Salary of the District Secretary shall remain at $1,600.00 annually until the next District No. One Convention.
  2. Per Capita from the local unions based on membership shall remain at $1.50 per member per Quarter as it is at the present time and B Locals at $12.00 per year.
  3. Per Diem payments to Delegates who are approved at this 53rd District No. One Convention shall be a sum calculated by dividing the number of Delegates assembled into $4,500.00. In the event that the number of Delegates is less that 15, the maximum per diem shall be $225.00. Approved guests if any are in attendance shall receive one-half (1/2) of the Delegates Per Diem.
  4. Amend Article II, Section 5. Financial Qualification which reads: Representation in any convention if the District shall be denied to any affiliate local which has failed to pay in full all indebtedness to the District up to and including the current quarter in which the convention may be held. Amend to read: Ö.indebtedness to the District up to the current quarter prior to the convention.
  5. Remove Article VI, Section 7. Report Blanks, which reads: Each Local Union is to be provided with a report blank to submit any articles to be printed in the Newsletter/Bulletin. Renumber remaining sections.
  6. In October 2002, Local 93, Spokane, Washington will celebrate its 100th Anniversary and I feel if they are going to have a celebration sometime during 2002 that the District should hold its mid term convention in Spokane and help them celebrate there 100th Anniversary.

    In my secretaries report I came up with some numbers and we should probably talk it over in Finance and see if want to do it. In talking with Pat last night there idea, because of there work in the winter and probably traveling to Spokane they are looking at August of next year for there anniversary party. That would only put the conventions then just over just a year from this one and if the resolution before the International to change to a four year convention that puts us not quite in mid term of time as we should really have one in 2003 instead of 2002. We should talk this over, as there are not Locals that are going to be 100 years old and Spokane has been around a while and I think it would be nice if we even spent the money if we could have it in Spokane.

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: Iím going to refer No. 1 to the Finance Committee, No. 2 to the Finance Committee, No. 3 to the Finance Committee, Recommend No. 4 to the Constitution Committee, No. 5 to the Constitution Committee and No.6 and Iím going to refer back to the Finance Committee for recommendations. Because there are no Resolutions before the District Iím going to combine the Resolutions Committee with the Finance Committee. The Grievance Committee, there are no grievances before us so Iím going to combine the Grievance Committee with the Constitution Committee. Since there are no Insurance matters before us Iím going to combine the Insurance Committee with the Finance Committee also because there are more things before the Finance Committee then anything. Now the question is, it is 25 after 11 AM, do the delegates want to do your Committee things and go to lunch or due you want to go through this and not have lunch and try and get it done? What do you guys want to do?

    DELEGATES: Letís get it done.

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: What this probably means it were going to go 1:30 PM without lunch. Does everybody understand that?

    DELEGATES: Yes.

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: I donít have a problem with it myself, I would like to have the afternoon off as much as everybody. At this point the committees go ahead break into your committees and take up the business that has been referred to the committees. Iím going to appoint John DiSciullo the head of the Finance Committee, Robert Riggs the head of the Constitution Committee and Frank Baird the head of the Election Committee. So Frank you can sit in on any committee you want to sit on. So just pick a committee and sit in on it, because you will have other duties. Do we have any Insurance stuff?

    SECRETARY DISCIULLO: Seeing that the rates are set at $2.70 and it is good to the end of this year. Itís kind of self run and the only changes we would have is if the Insurance would change the rate, which has been in effect for the past six years.

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: OK, lets break into the committees and take up the business before you. The meeting was adjourned at 11:30 AM.

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: I call the meeting back to order at 12:25 PM. We will here from the Chair Person of the Finance Committee, John DiSciullo.

    SECRETARY DISCIULLO: The recommendation of the Finance Committee that the salary of the District Secretary be raised to $2,000.00 annually. I so move.

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: You have heard the motion, is there a second?

    DELEGATE YOUNGERMAN, LOCAL 488: Second.

    CHAIRPERSON ENGLAND: Anyone on the question? Hearing no discussion, all in favor signify by saying I, opposed, motion carried.

    SECRETARY DISCIULLO: With reference to Per Capita tax, it is recommended to leave Per Capita tax for local unions at $1.50 per member per quarter. We also recommend that we raise the B Locals Per Capita to $10.00 per quarter instead of $12.00 per year and we refereed that to the Constitution Committee. And I so move.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Do I here a second?

    DELEGATE DEVERAUX, LOCAL 93: Second.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Anyone on the question? Hearing no discussion, all in favor signify by saying I, opposed, motion carried.

    SECRETARY DISCIULLO: On the Delegate payment the Finance Committee recommends that we pay $225.00 per delegate which is 17 Delegates and $100.00 to each guest, which we have 4, which is a grand total of $4,225.00 per diem expenses and I so move.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Do I here a second?

    DELEGATE YOUNGERMAN, LOCAL 488: Second.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Anyone on the question? Hearing no discussion, all in favor signify by saying I, opposed, motion carried.

    SECRETARY DISCIULLO: With regards to No. 6, which was having our District Meeting in Spokane, we feel that we should keep our mid point between conventions and that the next convention should either be held depending on the change of International Convention should either in January or July 2003 in Seattle and we can leave it up to each local to send members to Spokane for there party in August of next year and I so move.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Do I here a second?

    DELEGATE YOUNGERMAN, LOCAL 488: Second.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Anyone on the question? Hearing no discussion, all in favor signify by saying I, opposed, motion carried.

    SECRETARY DISCIULLO: That ends the report of the Finance Committee.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: The Finance Committee is dismissed with our thanks. Next we will have a report from the Constitution Committee, Robert Riggs Chair.

    DELEGATE RIGGS, LOCAL 488: This is a recommendation of the Constitution Committee as noted Article 1, Section 1, the name of the Alliance is not correct so we have made the change to add "Its Territories" between United States and Canada and I so move.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Do I here a second?

    DELEGATE BUGAS, LOCAL 28: Second.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Anyone on the question? Hearing no discussion, all in favor signify by saying I, opposed, motion carried.

    DELEGATE RIGGS, LOCAL 488: As noted under Article VI, it is specified he shall and there may be other places in the Constitution and we move that a recommendation that we make a gobble change in the Constitution to the language shall be changed to "she/he", and I so move.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Do I here a second?

    DELEGATE BUGAS, LOCAL 28: Second.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Anyone on the question? Hearing no discussion, all in favor signify by saying I, opposed, motion carried.

    DELEGATE RIGGS, LOCAL 488: As noted under Article VI, it is specified he shall and there may be other places in the Constitution and we move that a recommendation that we make a gobble change in the Constitution to the language shall be changed to "she/he", and I so move.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Do I here a second?

    DELEGATE GERVAIS, LOCAL 15: Second.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Anyone on the question? Hearing no discussion, all in favor signify by saying I, opposed, motion carried.

    DELEGATE RIGGS, LOCAL 488: You heard the District Secretaries recommendation, Article 2, Section 5. It is the recommendations of the Constitution Committee that we strike the current language which reads "the current quarter in which the convention may be held" and amend to read "the current quarter prior to the convention" and I so move.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Do I here a second?

    DELEGATE CARLSEN, LOCAL 28: Second.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Anyone on the question? Hearing no discussion, all in favor signify by saying I, opposed, motion carried.

    DELEGATE RIGGS, LOCAL 488: Per again the District Secretaries recommendation. The Constitution Committee recommends we strike Article VI, Section 7 and change Section 8 to Section 7 and Section 9 to Section 8, and I so move.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Do I here a second?

    DELEGATE MILLER, LOCAL 871: Second.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Anyone on the question? Hearing no discussion, all in favor signify by saying I, opposed, motion carried.

    DELEGATE RIGGS, LOCAL 488: Upon the recommendation of the Finance Committee the Constitution Committee recommends Article 9, Section 1, under revenue as the current language reads "and $12.00 per year for "B" Locals members" striking $12.00 per year and changing it to read "10.00 per quarter" and I so move.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Do I here a second?

    DELEGATE BACHMAN, LOCAL B-20: Second.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Anyone on the question? Hearing no discussion, all in favor signify by saying I, opposed, motion carried.

    DELEGATE RIGGS, LOCAL 488: That ends the recommendations of the Constitution Committee.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: And we dismiss the Committee with our thanks. And at this point the only Committee that is still active is the Election Committee. Now we will move to the Nomination of Officers. Now here the thing, Iím going to digress as the Chair for a minute. Every Convention we put together an Advisory Board that never meets and doesnít do anything. Every Convention we put together a Legislative Board that never meets and doesnít do anything. So all Iím saying if we are going to spend the time at this District Convention and your time and my time, it seams to me that these Committees could do lot to things in terms of research and putting it together in what is effecting the various locals, legislative, contract barraging and common employers. These Committees could really do something for this District. It seams to me that we put together these Committees and waist everybodyís time with this if we not going to do it, so if we are going to put these Committees together, the chair person of the Committees is going to have to take this seriously or were going to take them out of the District. Why are we doing this for nothing, that all I saying. So at this time Iím going to open up Nomination for the office of Secretary/Treasurer. Do I here any nominations?

    DELEGATE CARLSEN, LOCAL 488: I would like to nominate John DiSciullo.

    DELEGATE DEVERAUX, LOCAL 93: I second that.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Are there any further nominations? Are there any further nominations? Are there any further nominations? Hearing none Iím going to close the nominations for Secretary/Treasurer under the name of John R. DiSciullo and instruct the Secretary/Treasurer to cast a white ballot under the same name. Now for the Advisory and Legislative Committees were instructed to elect one from each state. We donít have anyone here from Montana. So we have Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho and Montana. I will open the nominations for the Advisory Board for the State of Washington.

    DELEGATE YOUNGERMAN, LOCAL 488: I nominate Robert Riggs.

    DELEGATE RIGGS, LOCAL 488: I decline the nomination.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Washington, do I here any nomination for the Advisory Board?

    DELEGATE BAIRD, LOCAL 15: I nominate Laurel Horton.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Laurel, do you accept the nomination?

    DELEGATE HORTON, LOCAL 15: All right, I will try it again.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Are there any further nominations? Are there any further nominations? Are there any further nominations? Hearing none Iím going to close the nominations for post of Advisory Board for the State of Washington under the name of Laurel Horton and instruct the Secretary/Treasurer to cast a white ballot under the same name. Now we will open the nominations for Advisory Board Member from the State of Oregon. Are there any nominations.

    DELEGATE BUGAS, LOCAL 28: I nominate Charles Carlsen.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Charlie, do you accept the nomination?

    DELEGATE CARLSEN, LOCAL 488: I accept.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Are there any further nominations? Are there any further nominations? Are there any further nominations? Hearing none Iím going to close the nominations for post of Advisory Board for the State of Oregon under the name of Charles Carlsen and instruct the Secretary/Treasurer to cast a white ballot under the same name. Now we will open the nominations for Advisory Board Member from the State of Alaska. Are there any nominations.

    DELEGATE BUGAS, LOCAL 28: I nominate Samia Estassi.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Samia, do you accept the nomination?

    DELEGATE ESTASSI, LOCAL 918: I accept.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Are there any further nominations? Are there any further nominations? Are there any further nominations? Hearing none Iím going to close the nominations for post of Advisory Board for the State of Alaska under the name of Samia Estassi and instruct the Secretary/Treasurer to cast a white ballot under the same name. Now we will open the nominations for Advisory Board Member from the State of Idaho. Are there any nominations.

    DELEGATE BAIRD, LOCAL 15: I nominate Pat Deveraux.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Pat, do you accept the nomination?

    DELEGATE DEVERAUX, LOCAL 918: I accept.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Are there any further nominations? Are there any further nominations? Are there any further nominations? Hearing none Iím going to close the nominations for post of Advisory Board for the State of Idaho under the name of Pat Deveraux and instruct the Secretary/Treasurer to cast a white ballot under the same name. Now we will open the nominations for Advisory Board Member from the State of Montana. Whatís your pleasure here, in terms of the Montana Delegate. We really need someone from the State of Montana to do this. I would accept a motion, and I donít know if I am out of order here, the Constitution Committee can tell me. I will accept a motion to leave it open and appoint someone from Montana who is from one of those locals. Do we have to have to duly elect him here?

    DELEGATE RIGGS, LOCAL 488: Article 7, Section 1: "The Advisory Board shall be composed of one member from each state in the District. In the event no delegate is present from a state then the balance of the number of Advisory Board members shall be elected from the delegates present at the Convention."

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Iím going to open up the nomination the Montana for a Delegate to the Advisory Board, knowing that who ever takes this position needs to get hold of the Montana folks and some participation from them. This would be a liaison to Montana. Anybody interested?

    DELEGATE BAIRD, LOCAL 15: I nominate Dale Cyr.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Dale, do you accept the nomination?

    DELEGATE CYR, LOCAL 93: I accept.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Are there any further nominations? Are there any further nominations? Are there any further nominations? Hearing none Iím going to close the nominations for post of liaison to the Montana locals under the name of Dale Cyr and instruct the Secretary/Treasurer to cast a white ballot under the same name. All right here we go again with Legislative Committee. I going to except a report out of each of these Committees on a six month basics. Every six months I want a report from both of these Committees on the activities of these Committees as Chair Person for the District. It doesnít assume you guys are going to have to meet in person but it assumes that youíre going to develop a communication network within the next six months and report back to me. With that being said Iím going to open up the nominations for Legislative Committee from the State of Washington. Are there any nominations? Joel.

    DELEGATE YOUNGERMAN, LOCAL 488: I nominate Bob Riggs.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Bobby, do you accept the nomination?

    DELEGATE RIGGS, LOCAL 488: I accept.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Are there any further nominations? Are there any further nominations? Are there any further nominations? Hearing none Iím going to close the nominations for the Washington representative to the Legislative Committee under the name of Robert Riggs and instruct the Secretary/Treasurer to cast a white ballot under the same name. Will open up with the Oregon representative to the Legislative Committee. Nominations are open.

    DELEGATE CARLSEN, LOCAL 488: I nominate Tom Bugas.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Tommy, do you accept the nomination?

    DELEGATE BUGAS, LOCAL 28: Yes.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Itís easy in your state, you get by-weekly reports from the state AFL-CIO. Are there any further nominations? Are there any further nominations? Are there any further nominations? Hearing none Iím going to close the nominations for the Oregon representative to the Legislative Committee under the name of Tom Bugas and instruct the Secretary/Treasurer to cast a white ballot under the same name. Will now open up with the Alaska representative to the Legislative Committee.

    DELEGATE HORTON, LOCAL 15: I nominate Samia Estassi.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Samia, do you accept the nomination?

    DELEGATE ESTASSI, LOCAL 918: Yes.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Are there any further nominations? Are there any further nominations? Are there any further nominations? Hearing none Iím going to close the nominations for the Alaska representative to the Legislative Committee under the name of Samia Estassi and instruct the Secretary/Treasurer to cast a white ballot under the same name. Will now open up with the Idaho representative to the Legislative Committee

    DELEGATE DEVERAUX, LOCAL 93: I nominate Dale Cyr.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Dale, do you accept the nomination?

    DELEGATE CYR, LOCAL 93: Yes.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Are there any further nominations? Are there any further nominations? Are there any further nominations? Hearing none Iím going to close the nominations for the Idaho representative to the Legislative Committee under the name of Dale Cyr and instruct the Secretary/Treasurer to cast a white ballot under the same name. Were going to do the same thing with a liaison to the Montana locals for the representative to the Legislative Committee for the State of Idaho. Laurel.

    DELEGATE HORTON, LOCAL 15: I nominate Bill Wickline.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Bill, do you accept the nomination?

    DELEGATE WICKLINE, LOCAL 15: Yes.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Are there any further nominations? Are there any further nominations? Are there any further nominations? Hearing none Iím going to close the nominations for the liaison to the Idaho locals as representative to the Legislative Committee under the name of Bill Wickline and instruct the Secretary/Treasurer to cast a white ballot under the same name. At this point I am going to dismiss the Election Committee because all the positions are cast under a white ballot, with our thanks.

   

    SECRETARY DISCIULLO: Most of these delegates have e-mail addresses and I can make an Officers Page on the Web Site and put the links on that page, so they can get a hold of each other by e-mail. If some do not have e-mail addresses they could send information to their Locals who have e-mail addresses. So I hope if some of the information was E-Mailed back and forth, at least would get to the Chairman, who ever the Chairman is so a report could be made and then E-Mailed to Sandy or me. I think I have most of the address, but check with me this week so I have the right ones.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: I will now open up Unfinished Business, any Unfinished Business? Hearing none we will move on New Business. Any new Business? I going to turn the gavel over to John because I have some New Business.

    You are going to hear some resolutions at the International Convention and some Constitution changes that I am going to take some time to speak on. President Short did not talk about the four-year convention, but I would like the Delegates of our District to support going to a four-year convention. Anybody who knows, and most of you know me, and see the amount of work the International takes on behalf of the Local Union, knows that we are under staffed. We had a giant scare with the writers and actors strike and the budgets of the International and how the departments were going to run with a third of our membership and a third of our revenue being jeopardized. We did lot of work to try and figure out in that case how to keep the International going. Two things became really apparent to us, we needed a per-capita increase and we spent a lot of money on the Convention itself. We are one of very few Unions, of the AFL-CIO that pays the transportation and per diem for every single delegate to the convention. Because the Delegates would have to vote, to not do that, we never see a time where the Delegates are going to rise up and say donít give us that money. What we would like to do with that money is fund some stuff for this International. We run around like idiots all the time trying to do too much with nothing. The truth of the matter is there is probably only three or four people who are assigned to the Organizing Department. There are only two people assigned to the Exhibition Department. There are probably five people assigned to the Stage Department. There are probably ten or fifteen assigned to the Motion Picture Department. Itís just not enough and the two ways for us to increase staff and really do a more effective job at representing you all is to not have a party every three years, but give us a four-year Convention. Weíre not going to take that money and stick it down a rat hole, what we want to do is increase our staff, there are two things weíre coming to you with, which is a per-capita increase and to defer the Convention to four years in between. I am asking all the Delegates assembled to really look hard at that and give us what we need to make this a stronger more effective union and the Executive Boards are going to remain open Executive Boards, has more open sessions. President Short that any president has in the past, and I been coming for a long time either as local business agent, constantly in trouble or as an International Representative who is assigned to be here. I can tell you that he takes the business of the union very seriously and I am really asking the Delegates, look hard and give us what we need to make this Union go forward, and we are all ready doing it but weíre doing it stretch too thin. All of you who see me coming in and out of the office up there in your cities know thatís true.

   

    The next thing Iím going to speak to is some resolutions that are coming to the floor. Resolutions that deal with placing tariffs on entertainment product that are made outside the United States and brought into the United States. For my money, what we focused on is not protectionism at the IA. We have been full partners and participants in MEIE, which seeks to be global citizens in a global economy, to work with other unions, to foster unions where they donít exist and to be global citizens. If you take it down to just the IATSE itself, no local in this alliance has ever made gains by keeping people out, or making it more expensive to get into our unions. We have never gained anything in that way. If we now take the protective attitude that we can shut the doors and make it expensive to bring product in when 70% of product is shot he in the United States. All were going to do is shut ourselves to what our true mission should be, which is to make sure that all workers in the entertainment industry globally have a good deal. Because we will never gain by keeping making sure we have ours and donít have theirs, because there is always going to be a cheaper place to shoot, there is always going to be somebody who can be exploited, there is always going to be a cheaper more exploited place which means our mission should not be to build bigger walls. But our mission should be to make sure that everybody has good job and we foster and we make sure workers doing this work all over the globe get a fair deal. We are the biggest entertainment union in the world. If we donít do it, I ask you whoís going to take that on. Because the companies are global companies. No amount of tariffs is going to stop production from going away, but what is going to make our jobs more secure in the future is to make sure workers have a good deal. Thatís where we are trying to go, please do not support these resolutions that take us on a right turn of protectionism instead of where we need to be which is as global citizens. And that is what I have to say about that.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Any other new business?

    SECRETARY DISCIULLO: For the stage locals, there is a constitutional change, as you know there is a two year provision on road card, which has been in the constitution for years. And you also know with the two tier road contracts, which not are in effect they are taking in a lot more members into the IATSE. They want to amend that to eliminate that two-year period. I can see pluses, I can see some minus, a guy comes in and goes on the road, but yet they have really, really organized a lot of low budget shows, Mike and Ronny and also including Hair and make-up in the acceptance of that. I think it is well worth while, I know that there are people that are on the road who arenít in two years. There has to be, because once they organize it the crewmembers have to get into a local in the area they come from, that local has to issue a road card for them.

    DELEGATE DEVERAUX, LOCAL 93: In Spokane we have taken a number of members in because in our area have a board area. We have people down in Boise that wanted to be members of the IATSE that are on the road and we are the closest local union. We took someone in who was from Montana and he was already traveling. You give him a card because the International has directed to do so. Then they want a road card and canít get one because of the Constitution. They have been traveling with no card and then they get a card and canít get a road card.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: That is really what this is aimed at, is that we have been organizing all these low budget touring attractions and the crews are not all ready members of ours. What youíre going to here at the Stage Caucus, the ninth largest stage local in the alliance is the ACT. The ninth largest and two of the locals above them have Studio Mechanics in them too. So I think if took the Studio Mechanics out of those two locals they would be the seventh largest stage local of the IATSE. There is something wrong with that. Direct membership in the IATSE. All right, any other New Business? Bill, did you have something to say on information gathering and research?

    DELEGATE WICKLINE, LOCAL 15: Well I did, but I thought we talked about that last evening referring to some other part of the meeting.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: I think you should speak on it and I will refer it to the Advisory Committee.

    DELEGATE WICKLINE, LOCAL 15: Sandy, John and I had a meeting last night talking about some issues that I felt coming on board with IA and previously being with the IBEW and several other unions, Internationals. Some of the Internationals have a book that is available to all the locals that the Internationals put together with good language out of the various contracts across the United States. They have three or four examples of different language that you can utilize when you are in negotiations and so I brought that up last night thinking that our International should have a book like that out of the research departments. So that is what Sandy is referring to. The other thing I wanted to talk about is again books that I have been familiar with in other Internationals, and that is in the area of safety and health. We received books that described accidents that happened across the United States and Canada and what has happen and remedies and does kind of things and thought that the IA should have a book like that so we can as local unions should have that information available to us in our safety committees.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: I would take motion to develop those things through the Advisory Committee for the District.

    DELEGATE HORTON, LOCAL 15: I so move.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Do I here a second?

    DELEGATE HYDER, LOCAL 887: I second the motion.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: On the question, this is going to require all the locals to send all of there contracts and safety committee information to the Advisory Committee to compile and put out on an annual basis. Is there anyone on the question? Hearing no discussion, all in favor signify by saying I, opposed, motion carried. Any other new business? I think that is really going to help guys, not only that but that when you are in negotiations to see all the different language from everybody and have that as a resource, I think that it can only help us. Go ahead Joel.

    DELEGATE YOUNGERMAN, LOCAL 488: I donít know if this is new business or not but are there other Districts that have really active Advisory Boards and/or Legislative Committees that we can network with to find out their way they use to be effective.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: District Two, Moshe Biakac, is very active in the Legislative Committee. They have done a ton of politic action in Nevada and California in any case. District Two has been very involved in politics in California and Los Angeles in general. Sort of prompted by President Short, but the District its self and the Hollywood Locals have really come forth. Las Vegas has always been a political Local and Moshe is very good in that way. You might talk to the Florida District, Keith Klemmt who I know that Tom pushed them to get involved. They were very involved in the 2000 Election. But you might send a letter to each of the Districts and ask them about their Advisory and Legislative Committees and get some ideas from them. Anything else under new business?

    SECRETARY DISCIULLO: I think it would be nice if our guest Jerry Crangi could give us a up date on some of the organizing problems he is involved with.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Jerry you want to tell us about NACSO, PGE Park, some of the stuff you have been done in organizing.

    JERRY CRANGI, GUEST, LOCAL 15: I think all you folks are familiar with SCS which has change its name to Event Resources Management and as far as I can tell they are pretty much defunct by now. They still seem to be around but theyíre not doing a lot of shows. However I think a couple of other companies have come in to fill that void. One is called Impact Concert and Events, and is created by Lars Sorarson, House of Blues representative, supplies the workers at the gorge. The second company called NACSO just appeared in town. NASCO is non-union labor contractor who has offices in Toronto and Vancouver. They showed up in town we think to staff some of the big parties that were happing around the All-Star Game. We were able to insert enough political pressure through the baseball players association and the politicians in the Seattle area. We put up an informational picket line at a big party to let everybody know what was happing at the game. We rallied support from Jobs for Justice and the King County Labor Council and we were going to picket the game. I got a call from the labor liaison for the Mayor of Seattle and they were very concerned. I said that we were going to put up a picket line. The next day, thanks to the mayor we were able to get or members to work. I think we need to pay attention to the labor contractors that are coming into our areas and also try and organize them and to continue to make the effort to do that. Currently this Impact Concert and Events that staffs people at the gorge is having a lot of problems and other organizer Aaron Gorseth has been approached by people working out at the gorge and it sounds like it is ripe for a organizing drive. So I think we need to take a District wide effort to go after these labor contractors and at the same time I think we need to make a effort at least in our geographical area to get as many of the venues where these companies go into and use what ever methods possible to get their non union crews to do the work. Weíre talking about places like the new Seahawk Stadium, the Gorge and others. Any questions?

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Before you do Iím going to appoint a interim Committee Chaired by Jerry to look at the Gorge as a District wide problem and I'm going to appoint Bill Wickline from Local 15, Pat Deveraux from Local 93 and John DiSciullo from Local28 to serve on that committee and come up with recommendations of how the District deals with the problem as it affects all three of those Locals. Jerry, you will Chair that Committee.

    JERRY CRANGI, GUEST, LOCAL 15: A couple of months ago I got a call from a AFL-CIO organizer from Oregon that said they have rebuilt a new baseball park in Portland and with Jobs for Justice to start a organizing drive for the PGE Park. I have been appointed by Sandra England, as a Special International Representative to go down there and see what was going on. I went down there, and found out that they have had numerous meeting with folks. It has turned out to be a very interesting campaign filled with City politics. Its had its bits and starts the organizing drive has but is moving along. There are so many details involved with that we could break for dinner and come back to be able to tell you the rest of the story. Our last set of meeting we met with Hotel and Restaurant Employees, SEIU Local 49, Plumbers and Pipe Fitters who wants to represent the full time maintenance employees at the park. And of course Chris and I represent Local B-20. We pooled our resources and have called ourselves The Oregon Trade Collation and organize together. Its very exciting and its seams to be moving along quite well. We have some very strong Unions here, the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters are a large construction union in the state with deep pockets and a lot of organizers in the Portland area.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Thank you Jerry.   

    SECRETARY DISCIULLO: I think it is really mind boggling to some people to see why this is going like it is. These people who have been hired by this company which happens to be the old owner of the Portland Trailblazers and his son was working for the Oregon Arena Corporation until he was relieved of his duties. The son went to Florida and ran a building down there until they got tired of him. In this situation which has ticked these Locals off more than anything else is that they were paying these people under the living wage and then give them a free hotdog a free ticket or something. So a few of the Locals said that is a living wage in Oregon and was set at $9.50 per hour. So seeing that it is somewhat tied in with the City of Portland, the city mayor decided that well those employees should get that so the revenue that PGE pays to the city is now deducted out of that profit, about $1.50 per hour to pay these people the living wage. Well of course that really killed Jerryís idea, cause some of these people are getting their $9.50 per hour. But this really, I think, upset the other unions and with the Pipe Fitters it really got to them. Because in the same mode those Pipe Fitters which are a part of a joint council with the City are in negotiations for a new contract for all the unions and the city tells them they donít have any money to raise their wages. This little project may be small in some ways but has really stirred the pot of the other locals, which have contracts with the City. I just hope that there are enough people up there, some of these people are just happy to get the $9.50 and some of them just happy to get a hot dog and a ticket to the next game. There are a couple of shows up there this week presented by House of Blues. They are benefit shows which but with the cost of bringing in the stage and lights there is not going to be to much left for the benefit. I was approached to furnish a crew, that there was enough money to cover the costs. We have a rule in Local 28 that they tell us what they want in crew; we do an estimate and ask for 50% down payment before we assign crew. Well, I did not receive any money before I left so they must be providing their own crew. I do that a few or our members that are probably going to work for House of Blues or PGE Park as riggers to do this show and I donít know how many or even when. The situation that goes along with this gorge, you know I think for the last ten years we have beat this dead horse and got nowhere with this. Right now with Jerryís information you have to realize the gorge is getting people in there to work. To organize them which we have discussed that there are people all over that area, probably most of the people that Jerry knows about are coming out of the college in Ellensburg and the rest they are probably getting from non union labor provider. We have tried to establish a Northwest rate of pay that we were all happy with and it died somewhere. They are getting people to work and something has got to give and I think if these people are in the mood to be organized then you better organize them because I think in the long run that a start to maybe stop these other flesh peddlers around the other areas, because they are here, there all over. Its going to mean that some locals will have to take in these people and even if it is not a Northwest contract, if with 15, 28 or 93, we just have to quit talking about a border line as it has to stop being part of the problem on who is going to organize the unit. If Local 15 organizes it and everybody else feel they are getting hurt, well so be it. So if they have a chance to organize it, I think they should go ahead. I think that if I had a chance to organize it we should go ahead and do it and if Spokane thinks they can do the job, so be it. It canít sit out there like it is and we just keep saying that we have no people to send there. I know of people from Portland who are driving there and working for $10.00 a hour and the riggers are going there and working for $30.00 a hour. So this crap that we canít get anyone to go there is crap, because somebody is going. Somebody is traveling somewhere, so if were going to sit here and kick this thing around, Jerry, Bill and I can probably make a good report right now on what we can do. It isnít going to happen unless every local is going to say, OK lets go and what ever local gets it, gets it and lets get it organized and hope that it will help in some of the other areas. If these guys are from Spokane, they should be in the Spokane local. I donít know how we handle the benefits, but I really donít care. Benefits is not the problem anymore, the problem is getting these guys some kind of a wage. These guys are going up there, theyíre working maybe four of five hours on the load in and five hours on the out and they are sleeping under the stage, maybe over night and I donít know why they do it. But they do get some food and a T-shirt and maybe high. But, guys weíre lucky enough in Portland that we donít have yet a dome or an outside venue. It looks like that chances of getting an outside venue around the Portland area is about nil now. The one at the Clark County Fair Grounds is not been settled yet and really think the economy may stop some of this from happening. Do you guys think the shows at the Tacoma Dome are down from the past years? It seams to me that there are less shows there than in year past.

    JERRY CRANGI, GUEST, LOCAL 15: They were doing about fifteen to twenty there about five or ten years ago and now maybe doing about eight. I feel the reason that they are not doing the amount of shows they were doing is because of the Key Arena was remolded and I think it is a much better space.

    SECRETARY DISCIULLO: With the Rose Garden in Portland, Paul Allen and his boys over there make deals. Lot of times they will pick up part of the labor to get shows in there. They have box seats they have to fill up and they have to provide a product so we are lucky. But they were denied rights to put in an amphitheater out at one are racetracks. They were going to put around a six thousand seat out in the middle of the racetrack, build a bridge over the track to get to it, put in grandstands on this city property and also put restrooms and food booths in the area that they never had before. The racers got together and they decided that they would take to many dates away from them and they did not want them to build it. So the city agreed and put a stop to a permit. About six months ago the racetrack people think that they raise some money and name this track after somebody like Qwest or PGE or something and we can make some money and we can do all these improvements that we need. Believe it or not, somebody was ready to do all the improvements out there and turned him down. As Tommy wrote in his State of Trade Report there is Double Tee Production which most of us in the Northwest are familiar with, he has probably lost at least ten big shows this year because of them not letting him into Portland Meadows. The other kind of the nail in the coffin is these guys that are working at PGE Park have some right to do some shows in there. With him not even being able to use PGE Park he is going to be lucky to three shows in Portland in an outside venue. So in our area we have been lucky that there isnít an amphitheater somewhere, and I donít see it in the near future. This thing in the gorge is crazy. I just think if were going to operate the way we are among the three locals and not do anything, it just canít be. If those guys are working up there from Portland then they should be working down here and should be in the Union and getting benefits. If they work out of Seattle or Spokane they should be working out of their hiring halls and become members.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: I appreciate your comments. The only comment I going to make on it, is that we have talked and talked and talked and talked and talked and talked about this. What it requires is action.

    DELEGAGE DEVERAUX, LOCAL 93: I havenít been to a Convention, and didnít know if I would ever come to a Convention, as I have not been to a Convention since New York. Prior to three conventions before that, I think that the Gorge has been a topic of conversation at the District meetings. As I said before things, the more they change the more they stay the same. But one thing in our Local and I agree with John we just didnít get it done. Like Sandy said no action. But right now I just wrote it down, unfortunately for us, unlike Portland, we have the Gorge but now we have a Plater racetrack that is trying to stay open. So they are doing shows. We have a Dog track also doing shows, not a lot. Sandpoint does shows and we do get some work up there. At Silver Mountain we get some work, in Kellogg but those areas that are a concern. But in my report I reported that the Spokane Symphony is buying the Fox Theatre. The first people that want to go in there, and it hasnít been remodeled and still is a mess, House of Blues. That is a real problem we have.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: We have to take on House of Blues at their home which is the gorge and that is why Pat Iím putting you on the sub committee with Bill Wickline and John Chaired by Jerry who has been working to do the research that is needed with that venue and he is full of knowledge on the corporate structure and what they have got going on out there, the salts they have, contacts within the venue itself, what goes on with the guys out there. What we need is for the Local Unions to come together and take care of a problem that affecting all of you. You canít isolate the gorge and think itís not affecting you in your cities. Of coarse it is, we have allowed labor contractors to spring up, undercut our contracts, lets face it guys, the reason the wages and conditions get tore apart in the concert touring industry in the Northwest is because we have allowed the non-union people to set the trend, so they're doing the work and we're not. So itís time to quit talking about it and it is time for the Locals to come together and do something about it. I would like a report back from this committee in three months, Jerry. And I want the report to include what action the Locals are prepared to take. And you know the Defense Fund of the IATSE is willing to help and I think most every local in the Northwest has received money from the fund except Alaska for organizing projects. We need to see action and the Defense Fund is there to help. We have put Jerry on for two days a week to the B Local in Portland. We have always funded organizing and we will be there to help with funding and assistance but it requires action on part of the local unions. That being said, it is time, if there is not any other new business, any other new business? It is now time to install the officers for the District.

    SECRETARY DISCIULLO: I'm only going to say one more thing. (Laughter) In the basic track that I think somebody better remember. You know the three Locals can sit on their ass, we donít have to do a damn thing, but one of these days somebody is going to walk in the door and it may be Sandy England saying hey guys this is what your going to do. Now we can do it easy or do it the hard way. Because some day itís going to happen and if you think President Short is going to let it happen, he not. So we need to do it one way or the other. We need to do it along with one another or I will be the first one to tell the IATSE to send in lion or tiger, I donít care.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Even more important, Johnny, if you guys donít do, there are plenty of unions out there who are willing to steal it from you. Donít think that because we donít do it, that some other union isnít going to go out there and try to organize it. Itís happening to us and the Carpenters are trying to steal every job we have in the United States. Donít think if we donít take it on another union wonít.

    That is all I have to say on it. Letís bring all the new officers up here and I will swear them in. We want all the new officers up here. Please raise your right hand and repeat after me. "I (state your full name), do hereby pledge my word of honoróto perform the duties of my office--as set forth in the Constitution any by-lawsóof this Unionóto the best of my abilityóand to bear true allegianceóto the International AllianceóAt the close of my official termóI solemnly promiseóthat I shall deliver to my successoróin office all booksópaper and property of this Unionóand of the International Allianceówhich may be in my possession.óTo these promises I pledge you my wordófully realizingóthat to violate this pledgeóis to stamp me a person unworthy of trust." You have obligated yourself to faithfully and to the best of your ability discharge the duties of your office. You will now proceed to your station and perform the duties of that office and so conduct yourself as to be worthy of the trust reposed in you. Congratulations. (Applause) Does anybody have any Good and Welfare?

    SECRETARY DISCIULLO: Just so everybody knows that everybody in this room is on a Committee. Does everybody knows that? I am going to take the time to make sure that you all know that youíre on a Committee and not make a bad name for District No. One. Please attend the meetings. Audit and Finance: Pat Deveraux, Laural Horton and Robert Riggs. Constitution: Tom Bugas and Sandra England. Grievance Committee: Christine Bachman, Diana Gervais and Lainie Miller. Presidentís Report: Frank Baird and Samia Estassi. Resolutions: William Wickline and David Ray Robinson. Rules Committee: Joel Youngerman and Benita Hyder. Special Committee: John DiSciullo, Charles Carlsen and Dale Cyr. Election Committee: John DiSciullo and Joel Youngerman.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: All right, also one last thing before we leave. This is the Host Locals PAC party and I highly suggest that people get tickets to the PAC. They are $100.00 each and show up at the PAC, which is Sunday night. You have heard Tom speak on it and I highly suggest that you participate because it is for our own survival. Any body else have any Good and Welfare?

    DELEGATE BAIRD, LOCAL 15: On the behalf of Tommy Walters, past District Secretary send his best and that he is still alive and well.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: And thanks, and we miss Tommy. Anything else? I guess not. With that I would discharge the temporary officers and committees with our vote of thanks and would take a motion to adjourn.

    DELEGATE LAINIE MILLER, LOCAL 871: I so move.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: Do I hear a second?

    DELEGATE RIGGS, LOCAL 488: I second the motion.

    CHAIRMAN ENGLAND: All in favor signify by saying I, opposed, motion carried.

    Meeting adjourned at 1:30 PM

    John R. DiSciullo, Secretary, District One.



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