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CFL Endorsed Candidates – 3/20 IL Primary

CFL Endorsed Candidates – 3/20 IL Primary

Click on the link below for a list of the candidates endorsed by the Chicago Federation of Labor for the March 20th Illinois Primary :   http://www.chicagolabor.org/take-action/image/3.20.18-Primary-Endorsement-List-2.6.18.pdf   Be sure to do research on the candidates and

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5 Female Directors On Why the Theatre Industry Struggles With Gender Equality

5 Female Directors On Why the Theatre Industry Str

5 Female Directors On Why the Theatre Industry Struggles With Gender Equality And the simple solution staring us in the face.     By Olivia Clement February 08, 2018   To kick off 2018 right, Roundabout Theatre Company partnered with StubHub and The Interval to present Women in Theatre:  Resetting the Stage, a panel addressing

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Top labor boss takes on Trump over immigration

Top labor boss takes on Trump over immigration

Top labor boss says Trump is right about broken immigration system, but wrong about fix by BENJY SARLIN WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has vaulted immigration to the top of his agenda, arguing in speeches, interviews, and tweets that immigrants - both legal and illegal - take jobs from American workers and drag down

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Voter Registration in Illinois

Voter Registration in Illinois

  Voter Registration Made Simple Your country needs your vote.  Here's how to register in Illinois.   https://www.dmv.org/il-illinois/voter-registration.php   To participate in Illinois elections, you must register to vote with the Illinois Board of Elections.   Voter Eligibility in Illinois To qualify for voter registration

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Black History Month

Black History Month

The essence of trade unionism is social uplift.  The labor movement has been the haven for the dispossessed, the despised, the neglected, the downtrodden, the poor.   - A. Philip Randolph Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters   February is Black History

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State of the State – January 2018

State of the State – January 2018

January 31, 2018 State of the State January 2018 Governor Rauner has no business serving as CEO of Illinois Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez released the following statement in response to today’s State of the State address:   “Over the last three years, Governor Rauner has not once demonstrated any ability to lead a

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Women’s March 1/20/18

Women’s March 1/20/18

Thanks to photographer Karen Vanko for the following images from the Women's March on January 20th.

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At the Golden Globes …

At the Golden Globes …

At the Golden Globes, Stars and Their Activist Guests Talk About Why They Fight By VALERIYA SAFRONOVA   JAN. 7, 2018 They wore black and they arrived in pairs. Eight actresses showed up on the Golden Globes red carpet with eight activists as their guests in a move intended to bring more attention to sexual harassment and gender inequality

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Union Meeting –  Tuesday, 3/13/18

Union Meeting – Tuesday, 3/13/18

  The next meeting of Wardrobe Local 769 will be held at the Stagehands Local 2 Office, 216 S. Jefferson, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60661, on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. The Executive Board will meet at 11:00 AM and the General Meeting will begin at 12

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Working Peoples Day of Action – 2/24/18

Working Peoples Day of Action – 2/24/18

Working Peoples Day of Action February 24, 2018 Daley Plaza at Noon! Gov. Bruce Rauner and his billionaire cronies have rigged the system to gain even more wealth and power at the expense of working people. Join the Working People's Day of Action at Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington) in Chicago, IL to fight back! Thousands of working people and our

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How Can Musical Theatre Help Change Our World?

How Can Musical Theatre Help Change Our World?

  As a teacher and musical theater director, I have found myself struggling. I am turning on my television, going on Facebook, or browsing the internet and seeing so many discouraging things out there. How do we explain this to children? How do we teach them to be better human beings with compassion, humility, and understanding? What can we

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Every Actor Should be Involved Backstage At Least Once

Every Actor Should be Involved Backstage At Least

  It is often said that “actors without stagehands are naked people standing in the dark trying to emote and stagehands without actors are at the bar.” This couldn’t be a truer statement. But yet, many actors are unappreciative of what the people backstage do. I believe this has nothing to do with the actor’s ego. Many (not all)

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Invisible Heroes:  An Ode to the Tech Team

Invisible Heroes: An Ode to the Tech Team

  Having spent much of my theatrical history in the realm of the actor, the ins and outs of the tech world still remain very much a mystery to me. But being that it is Tech Week here at Onstage, I feel it my due diligence to honor these unseen heroes of our craft in some way. However, taking into account that my personal history with

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’17 Wardrobe Crew @ The Nutcracker

’17 Wardrobe Crew @ The Nutcracker

  The Wardrobe Crew for the 2017 production of "The Nutcracker" at the Auditorium ... takes a picture

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Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday ... Lisa & Irma @ at a production of "Showboat" in the mid

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Beyond A Quick Change: The Many Jobs Of A Dresser

Beyond A Quick Change: The Many Jobs Of A Dresser

    From THEATRE NERDS - October 2, 2017 Beyond The Quick Change: The Many Jobs Of A Broadway Dresser   If you think being a dresser backstage on Broadway is just putting actors in their costumes and helping with quick changes, think again. There are many facets to the skilled trade of being a professional wardrobe person. One

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How Costumes Affect Your Character

How Costumes Affect Your Character

  Costumes are such a fabulous part of theatre – they help tell the story, they help actors get into character, and they immediately tell the audience something about what’s going on. For many student actors, receiving their costumes is a really exciting day. However, once students are actually in their costumes challenges can crop up.

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Authenticity … Not Comfort

Authenticity … Not Comfort

(Photo Source: Alison Cohen Rosa/Courtesy IFC Films)   Why Costume Design Is About Authenticity, Not Actors’ Comfort By Benjamin Lindsay | Posted Sept. 19, 2017, 10:30 a.m.   Deborah Lynn Scott—Oscar-winning costume designer for “Titanic,” “Avatar,” and the new J.D. Salinger biopic “Rebel in the Rye”—emphasizes the

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Labor and Creativity

Labor and Creativity

“In our rush toward an uncertain future – a future in which creativity and vibrant culture should play a salutary and transformative role – it’s worth remembering the value of creative people in large numbers.”   By Adam Leipzig - 9/13/17 My first job in any creative pursuit was in IATSE Local 44.

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Origins of IATSE Stagehands Union

Origins of IATSE Stagehands Union

Origins of IATSE Stagehands Union To view the video ... click on the link below:   https://youtu.be/hEBU6W73Ric   The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada was founded in 1893 when representatives of stagehands

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Stand Up, Fight Back!

Stand Up, Fight Back!

The Stand Up, Fight Back campaign is a way for the IATSE to stand up to attacks on our members from anti-worker politicians.  The mission of the Stand Up, Fight Back campaign is to increase IATSE-PAC contributions so that the IATSE can support those politicians who fight for working people and stand behind the policies important to our

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Every Actor Should be Involved Backstage

Every Actor Should be Involved Backstage

Every Actor Should be Involved Backstage At Least Once   It is often said that “actors without stagehands are naked people standing in the dark trying to emote and stagehands without actors are at the bar.” This couldn’t be a truer statement. But yet, many actors are unappreciative of what the people backstage do. I believe this has

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It bears repeating:  IATSE Equality Statement

It bears repeating: IATSE Equality Statement

Given the events of the past few days, weeks and months ... it bears repeating:   "Equal rights are the cornerstone of the labor movement.  Unions were founded on the principle that all people are equal and all people are deserving of respect and fair treatment.  Equality issues run through all areas of trade union activities – from

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Working In The Theatre: Costumes

Working In The Theatre: Costumes

From American Theatre Magazine ... for your viewing pleasure this weekend:   Tony Award-winning costume designer and American Theatre Wing Chairman William Ivey Long serves as our guide as we visit his studio, meet a protégé (Emilio Sosa), and, drop in on his mentor (Willa Kim.)  From the sketchbook to the gown, Working In The Theatre

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What Happens Before Show Time at the Met …

What Happens Before Show Time at the Met …

Shared from the IATSE Facebook page ... What Happens Just Before Show Time at the Met Opera, in 12 Rooms You’ll Never See   We walked through the Met with a steadicam on the busiest week of the year.  (Featuring: Misty Copeland, Toscanini’s head, wigs, harps and a snow yak.) To view the

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The workers who make Broadway hum deserve a standing ovation

The workers who make Broadway hum deserve a standi

BY Patricia White SPECIAL TO THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, March 25, 2017, 8:38 PM   Giving all due respect to Irving Berlin, it is fair to wonder exactly what he meant when he quipped, “There’s no business like show business.” A career in the theater certainly is a unique sort of job, but Broadway is a business, after all, with

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Unforgettable Lesson …

Unforgettable Lesson …

A packed 'Hamilton' matinee — all Chicago Public School students and their teachers Morgan Greene Chicago Tribune Thursday, February 23, 2017 It was no surprise Wednesday that the PrivateBank Theatre had yet another sold-out crowd for "Hamilton,"Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop homage to our nation's Founding Fathers.  What was

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Know Your Rights – from the AFL-CIO

Know Your Rights – from the AFL-CIO

The following resources are intended help ensure that members of our unions know their rights and are prepared to defend themselves and the immigrant members of their families and their communities in the event of workplace or community raids: The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) offers detailed information about your rights and links to

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You Should Call, Not Email, Your Legislators

You Should Call, Not Email, Your Legislators

From the IATSE Facebook page: "Looking to channel your political energy? Here's why you should put away the keyboard and pick up the phone." Kara Waite, an English teacher at Bunker Hill Community College in Charlestown, Mass., made a rule for herself: For every political rant she posts on Facebook, she must pick up the phone and call a

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Six Documentaries Every Broadway Fan Should Watch

Six Documentaries Every Broadway Fan Should Watch

By Adam Hetrick Oct 14, 2016 Some of Broadway’s most fascinating moments happened off stage. Here’s a look at six showbiz documentaries that should be on every theatre fan’s must-watch list. Two documentary films premiering this fall spotlight the history of an influential Broadway musical, adding to a handful of films that offer a

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5 Things You Learn When You Work In Theatre For The First Time

5 Things You Learn When You Work In Theatre For Th

Working in a theatre setting that doesn’t take place in an educational environment teaches you a lot about theatre that you would have never known unless you do it in a professional environment.  It’s fast paced and wasted time is wasted money, but it’s one of the most rewarding jobs out there that’s priceless. Here are five things you

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“Broadway for Orlando” Music Video

“Broadway for Orlando” Music Video

“Broadway for Orlando” Playbill’s Exclusive Music Video Debuts By Playbill Staff - Jun 19, 2016 Carole King, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Audra McDonald and more sing “Broadway for Orlando” to benefit the LGBT Center of Central Florida. On the morning of June 12, while most of Broadway was getting ready to celebrate the biggest night of

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Kinky Boots takes on NC HB2 – Just Pee!

Kinky Boots takes on NC HB2 – Just Pee!

Tony-winning Kinky Boots co-creators Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper have rewritten the lyrics to that musical’s finale, “Just Be,” to show support for the transgender community in the wake of North Carolina’s HB2 law. In a statement Fierstein had this to say about the video: “So, you don’t like transgender people?  Have the balls

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IATSE Activism Manual

IATSE Activism Manual

Activism isn’t about winning every fight.  It’s about getting out there and fighting. When we see changes that need to be made in the community, in the environment, or in the political arena, we need to band together and speak as one.  If we are silent, we are complicit in what happens to us.  Developing and supporting activists is

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IATSE Women’s Committee:  Spread the Word!

IATSE Women’s Committee: Spread the Word!

                                            Dear Sisters and Brothers: The IATSE Women's Committee is working with the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) to facilitate their campaign to provide meaningful health information pertinent

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IATSE & lynda.com … enroll now!

IATSE & lynda.com … enroll now!

The IATSE has partnered with lynda.com, a leading online educator with an extensive library of over 2500 courses to bring the latest software, creative, and business skills via high-quality instructional videos to our membership at a greatly reduced cost of $20 per premium annual subscription. For further information about lynda.com, click on

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William A. Lee Scholarship – Deadline 2/14

William A. Lee Scholarship – Deadline 2/14

William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship   Reminder: Deadline for applications for the William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship is February 14, 2018.  Don't miss out!   For more

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Dr. King was a staunch labor supporter …

Dr. King was a staunch labor supporter …

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a freedom fighter and staunch labor supporter.  We remember his legacy today and

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