Note: This is a simplified version of the regular working conditions document. All conditions are subject to modification by specific agreement with venue or promoter in force on the job.

1. Labor requests: All referrals for Union Stagehands will be administered through the office of the Business Agent or his/her authorized representative.

2. Hourly minimums: A "load-in" will usually have a set paid minimum of four (4) hours per load-in period. A "load-out" will usually have a set paid minimum four (4) hours per load-out period. A "recall" will have a set paid minimum of two (2) hours. A recall is defined as a resumption of work within two (2) hours of the beginning of an unpaid break. Work continuing after time off in excess of two (2) hours shall require a set paid minimum of four (4) hours. A work period includes all time worked from the start of the first call of the day until the end of the last call that precedes an eight (8) hour unpaid break.

3. Breaks: Coffee break- Under normal conditions there is one fifteen (15) minute coffee break three (3) hours after the call has begun, or after the trucks are unloaded, or as agreed to by the employer representative and the job steward. Load-outs are exempt from the above "Breaks" conditions.

4. Meals: There will be a meal break five (5) hours from the posted starting time. This break is as follows: either a one-half (1/2) hour paid meal beak if the employer provides a meal or a one (1) hour unpaid meal break if the employees are to provide their own meals. All work done in excess of five (5) consecutive hours, without a meal break (as described above) shall be paid at double the prevailing rate until a meal break (as described above) is provided.

5. Performance/Rehearsal rate: A performance or rehearsal shall be a three and a half hour (3.5) minimum call. This includes the one-half (1/2) hour call time preceding the announced showtime/rehearsal. Hours worked during a performance in excess of the three and a half hour (3.5) period or past the final curtain up to a load-out period will be paid at the showcall hourly rate.

6. Work calls: A work call is defined as an additional labor request for the purpose of maintenance or construction of equipment between performances and three hours prior minimum to showcall. A work call shall have a set paid minimum of four (4) hours. A work call does not include load-in and load-out. Work calls non-contiguous with showcalls (i.e. with a one hour meal break between) shall be paid at the regular hourly rate. Work calls contiguous with showcalls (no meal break between) shall be paid at the showcall equivalent hourly rate. No part of the three and a half hour performance call may be applied against the contiguous work call period. (For example, if a hand is called in an hour before "half-hour", he/she shall be paid the full three and a half hour performance call equivalent plus a full hour for the additional work call at the show call hourly rate, for a total of four and a half hours at show call rate.) If a work call minimum overlaps another work call or showcall period, a worker shall be paid only once for the overlap period at the higher prevailing rate, i.e. no "doubling up".

7. Overtime: Overtime rates of one and one-half (1 1/2) times the hourly rates are to be paid for hours in excess of forty (40) hours per week. For yellow card attractions the overtime rate will also be applied for all work done between the hours of 12:00am (midnight) and 8:00am. Furthermore it is understood that no personnel shall be replaced at anytime during a call for the purpose of avoiding payment of overtime. However, the Union shall not refuse to relieve any personnel who can no longer work safely due to fatigue.

8. Definitions of Special Departments:

  1. Rigging/Climbing: Rigging is the term applied to all theatrical work where the crew is required to work on support structures other than permanent catwalks or off the ground ladders or scaffolding or where an element of risk of falling is involved. This term also applies to any crew member is required to hang chains or cables from the roof members or grid. this applies to original, permanent, or temporary installations. Examples of this type of work include, but are not limited to, the following: Original installation, maintenance and repair of curtains or travelers, masking and screens; original installation and repair of fly systems, relocation of lines and hoists in preparation for hanging theatre presentations; and original installation of screens, curtains or chains for which it is necessary for a crew to work from the roof members of a building, or grid, in order to meet show specifications.
  2. Truck loading: Truck loading is the job of loading and unloading a truck or other vehicles. The persons employed as such may work only in the truck or other vehicles. One member of the road crew must supervise the loading and unloading of all vehicles. If only one (1) truck loader is employed, at least one (1)member of the road crew must assist in loading and unloading. If the road crew will not assist in this case, second truck loader must be employed. Loading and unloading of station wagons and bus cargo areas do not require a loader to be employed. Persons employed as truck loaders shall receive an extra hour of pay as a premium on jobs where more than two trucks are loaded or unloaded.
  3. Steward: It is understood the Union Steward on a call is a "working" Steward unless specifically requested to be for crew supervision only or if the size of the call is twenty-five (25) stagehands or larger. This rule applies to non-yellow card attractions only.
  4. Stitcher: a wardrobe stitcher is defined as a technician who's primary secondary responsibility is the construction, maintenance, repair, or alteration of costumes and/or fabric material using either an electric sewing machine or manual technique.
  5. Forklift Operator: A forklift operator is defined as any technician who's primary or secondary responsibility is the operation of a gas, diesel or battery powered lifting device. This includes forklifts, scissors lifts, boom-lifts, etc. This excludes "genie lifts."