Two major industry employers, Live Nation and Global Spectrum, have announced the signing of collective bargaining agreements with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) which will phase-in a requirement for ETCP Certified technicians in a variety of venues operated by the two companies.
The new agreements call for IATSE to provide the venues with an ETCP Certified Rigger at any rigging call and an ETCP Certified head electrician. Most contracts call for a one to three year phase-in of the requirement. Some of the first venues to implement the agreements are Live Nation theatres in Baltimore, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and Philadelphia. Live Nation amphitheatres in Charlotte, Hartford, Holmdel (NJ), Kansas City, Tampa, Washington, DC, and West Palm Beach have also added certification language to IATSE agreements.
Christopher Brockmeyer, director of Labor Relations at Live Nation, comments, “ETCP certification for our riggers and electricians will help insure that we continue to employ the highest skilled labor on our shows and maintain the safest work environment in our venues. Live Nation is proud to be a leader in establishing an industry standard for these skilled employees.”
Live Nation and IATSE have been strong supporters of the Entertainment Technician Certification Program since the beginning. Both organizations hold seats on the ETCP Council and have been actively involved in the development of the program. Both organizations are also major financial contributors to ETCP.
“The ETCP is an invaluable program that gives our working members certification and recognition for the highly technical skills they need and use every day,” says president Thomas C. Short of IATSE. The IA has taken the initiative in seeing that the health and safety of our members and that of their colleagues, is of utmost importance to us. The agreements with Live Nation and Global Spectrum honor that initiative and we look forward to other employers following their example.”
The existing agreements, negotiated between Live Nation and Global Spectrum and the International, are expected to serve as models for future negotiations between the two employers and individual Locals regarding the requirements for ETCP Certified Technicians. Many IATSE Locals around the country have been actively encouraging their members to become ETCP Certified in anticipation of contractual requirements.