Local 15 Officer Elections and General Meeting

 At the December 2017 General Meeting IATSE Local 15 will be having it’s Officer Elections.  The meeting is December 4, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Labor Temple, Room 109.

NLRB Rules on Union Charges Accusing Rhino NW of Unfair Labor Practices


SEATTLE, May 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — A complaint alleging unfair labor practices and notice of hearing was issued by Region 19 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against event staffing services Rhino NW, paving the way to a negotiated contract for some 70 local riggers. In the complaint, issued on April 27, 2016, the NLRB alleges that Rhino NW unlawfully retaliated against riggers who serve as leaders in the union organizing drive to negotiate a contract.

The complaint is designed to force Rhino NW to honor its employees’ federally protected collective bargaining rights. The hearing is scheduled to take place on July 26, 2016, 14 months following the date the original petition was filed by International Alliance of Theatrical Stage (IATSE) Local 15 seeking to represent the riggers of Rhino. Since the NLRB officially certified Local 15 as the exclusive bargaining representative of these workers, Rhino has refused to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with Local 15 violating federal law.

Sal Ponce, President of IATSE Local 15, said that this action by the federal government is another important step toward getting a contract. “The riggers are simply trying to bring Rhino NW to the table to negotiate a fair contract,” said Ponce. “In the end, we want nothing more than a contract that provides a fair wage and industry-standard working conditions.”

Rhino has consistently refused to bargain with IATSE Local 15 despite having been ordered to do so by the federal government. It has removed union-supporting employees from its schedule and deactivated their employment in order to punish them for standing up for the union and to discourage other employees from exercising their rights.

“The employees have been attempting to collectively bargain for more than a year. At this time they have little job security, no sick leave or health insurance, lack family-friendly scheduling, and work at hourly rates well below industry standards. They need and deserve a contract,” said Ponce.

The riggers do the critical backstage work at Western Washington live events and concerts such as The Gorge (George), xFinity Arena (Everett), White River Amphitheater (Auburn), Tacoma Dome (Tacoma), and occasionally at the two Seattle sports stadiums, Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field.

Changes to Availablility Reporting


Effective January 23, 2015, workers can no longer submit their weekly availability via e-mail.

Effective March 6, 2015,  all workers will submit their weekly availability via the Online Availability Form that was first rolled out in August 2014.

For more specific information about these recent availability policy changes, workers should log in to the Backstage or read the January Cue Sheet which has been mailed.  If you don’t already have access to the Backstage, request an invite from web (at) ia15.org.

With approximately 800 people on the Local’s work lists, this new policy will help Dispatch save time and money!

2014 NFL Kickoff a HUGE Success

Members of IATSE Local 15 were proud to play an instrumental part in the celebratory 2014 NFL Kickoff pre-game event prior to the first game of the NFL season matching the Seattle Seahawks against the Green Bay Packers on September 4, 2014 at Century Link Field in Seattle, WA.  The event featured musical entertainment by Pharrell Williams and Soundgarden, appearances by former Seahawks including Steve Largent and Shaun Alexander, plus a video documentary of the Seahawks’ Super Bowl winning 2013 season.  The production in the North parking lot took a week to set up and three days to strike.  Atomic Design did the set design and staging, Firehouse Productions did sound reinforcement, and Chaos Visual did video, among others.  More than one hundred Local 15 workers, from riggers to carpenters, audio/visual technicians and grips were employed over the course of the production.  The Seahawks beat the Packers 36 to 16.  Go Seahawks!  We hope to have this event revisit Seattle again next year.

Local 15 is hiring part-time Dispatch staff


Local No. 15 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), representing stagehands in Western Washington, is hiring part-time Dispatch staff. Our Dispatchers fill work orders and make job assignments. We are seeking quick-thinking candidates with strong people skills as well as computer skills. Our Dispatchers deal directly with our members and permit holders, and must be able to deal in a professional and impartial manner with all types of people.

Dispatch is at times a fast-paced environment. Our Dispatchers must be able to multi-task, have strong attention to detail, and be able to remain calm in sometimes high-stress situations. Work is generally done from our offices in the Seattle Labor Temple in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood.

Knowledge/Skills Required:

Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures such as working with spreadsheets, managing files and records

Attention to detail

Excellent organizational and time management skills

Good written communication skills

The ability to speak clearly so that others will understand

Good active listening skills

Exceptional customer service and team orientation


The starting hourly rate is $20.14 including benefits.

Work schedule is seasonal and dependent on the volume of work orders. Must be available weekends and evenings.

High School diploma or equivalent. Previous dispatching and/or theatre background is a plus, but not required. Background checks required to complete hiring.

Dispatchers are represented by the Communications Workers of America.

Please send a resumé and cover letter to: Mylor Treneer, Business Agent, IATSE Local No. 15, 2800 1st Avenue #231, Seattle, WA 98121; or by email to businessagent@ia15.org; or by fax to 206-448-5325.

Deadline for application is Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

IA15 Welcomes New Business Agent

The IATSE Local 15 Executive Board is pleased to announce that we have hired Mylor Treneer to the position of Business Agent for IATSE Local 15. Brother Treneer comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience in our industry from both sides of the negotiating table, having served as Local 15’s President from 1982-­‐1986, President of the Theatrical Federation of Greater Seattle, AFL-­‐CIO from 1984-­‐1986, and having held management positions at The 5th Avenue Theatre, The Meydenbauer Center, and Seattle Center.

The Executive Board wishes to extend a special thank you to Brothers and Sisters Bill Aston, Kevin Cuba, Jeremiah Foglesong, Betsy Harris, Al Hiskey, Kerry Korsgaard, Sue Masser, and Janos Szablya for their hard work and dedication to the candidate search committee and interview process.

Behind the Scenes at the Ring Cycle

Here’s a nice story about “The Ring” that mentions the Seattle Opera’s stage technicians.  It aired on KUOW-FM 94.9 August 1, 2013.


George Thomas Memorial Service

From The Family of George Thomas:

Dear Family, Friends, Care Team and Coworkers of George Thomas,

As many of you have probably heard by now, our dad and husband George Thomas passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2013 after a long battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held for him on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at Washington Care Center in Seattle, Washington; everyone is invited.

Washington Care Center is located at 2821 South Walden Street, Seattle, WA 98144. The following is a Web link to a map of its location: http://mapq.st/15cpUmt

We tried to be as complete as possible in this email list, but please forward this message on to as many people as you can think of who would be interested in getting this message as George had many connections that he made throughout his lifetime.

Thank you to all of those individuals who contributed to George’s life.

God Bless,
Mark, Ben, Catherine and Cathleen Hansel

…Jesus Christ is able to completely save those who come to God (the Father) through Jesus, because Jesus always lives to intercede for them.
– Hebrews 7:25

Supporting Each Other

Tonight at Seattle City Hall there is a hearing about to start regarding the proposed basketball arena. We are here to share our views with the City and County. Stay tuned to hear what happens with this issue!



Election Results Released

If you are a wondering who won the Officer Elections at the General Meeting last night, please sign in and visit the Presidents Report group on the Backstage section of our website.

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