Local USA 829 News

New England S. A. "Track A" Review Dates, April 12, 2015.

NOTE: Click HERE for 2015 New England
Scenic Artist "Track A" Review Dates & Information

Chicago: Gen. Entertainment Safety Training, April 11, 2015.

Dear Central Region Members,

The IATSE Training Trust Fund will be holding a 2-day OSHA 10/General Entertainment Safety training in Chicago on April 11 & 12, 2015. This is an excellent free safety training opportunity.  An application and flyer for the training can be downloaded by clicking HERESpace is limited so anyone interested in attending the course should fill out the application and fax or scan and e-mail it to the Training Trust Fund right away.  The contact information is on the application.  They will be sending confirmations out to applicants via email.

We hope everyone takes advantage of this training opportunity.  Please note that while the training itself is free, the Training Trust Fund does not pay for travel, lodging or meals for participants that are traveling to attend this training.

- Beverly Miller, President


Broadway Legend ABE JACOB at The General Society, April 7, 2015.
The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen 
invites you to attend the Labor, Literature and Landmarks Lecture Series

  Our next Public Education Program features 
the Labor Segment of the Series: 
Behind-the-Scenes with...
Abe Jacob, 
   Legendary Broadway Sound Designer
His iconic sound design credits include the original productions of Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Chicago, A Chorus Line and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
The series is curated in collaboration with 
Beverly Miller, President,
United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829.   
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 

The Labor component of the 2015 Labor, Literature and Landmarks lecture series provides a behind-the-scenes look at the creative trades in New York, focusing on the talented artists that deliver the heartbeat of theater, television and cinema.  

Abe Jacob is considered to be one of Broadway's most influential sound designers. His iconic sound design credits include the original productions of Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Chicago, A Chorus Line and The Rocky Horror Show.  He essentially established modern sound design on Broadway, and as a result of his impact on the field, and his generous mentorship to numerous sound designers, he has earned the affectionate nickname "The Godfather of Broadway Sound Design".  Mr. Jacob will discuss his illustrious career and reflect on the many Broadway shows he has been involved in, as well as describe the evolution of sound design, and how he designs live theater shows.
Abe Jacob first started working with sound as a sound mixer for folk or rock stars including: Jimi Hendrix; Peter, Paul and Mary; The Mamas and the Papas; and designed the sound system for the Monterey Pop Festival. All of which led to his Broadway work and his groundbreaking sound design for Hair and a Chorus Line.  The United States Institute for Theatre Technology has twice honored him for outstanding achievement. He is now the resident sound consultant for the David H. Koch Theatre and New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center.  His book, The Designs of Abe Jacob profiles his prolific and extraordinary career.  
All attendees will be entered into a raffle to win a copy of The Designs of Abe Jacob. 
Lecture begins at 6:30pm in The General Society Library
20 West 44th Street, (Between 5th and 6th Avenues)
New York City.
Reception to follow. Advance registration is suggested.
$15 General admission,
$10 General Society members, 
and Senior Citizens, $5 Students
To register please contact the General Society at: 212.840.1840 or

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, 
in partnership with the City Council.
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The General Society of Mechanics  & Tradesmen
of the City of New York
20 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
212.840.1840 x. 2

OSHA: Costs of Failing to Protect Workers on the Job, March 4, 2015.

This morning, OSHA is issuing a report entitled "Adding Inequality to Injury: The Costs of Failing to Protect Workers on the Job."  The report details how work-related injuries and illnesses force thousands of working families out of the middle class, and prevent many low-wage workers from getting out of poverty. Simply put, work injuries and illnesses hamper the ability of many working families to realize the American Dream.

The objective of this report is to illuminate the contribution made by work injuries and illnesses in creating and maintaining income inequality.  Up to now, the national conversation on income inequality has not focused on work injuries. We are hoping this report helps change that conversation: we know that by preventing work injuries and illnesses, and by improving compensation provided injured workers, we can help injured workers and their families stay out of poverty.

We would like this report to get as wide a circulation as possible, so please feel free to send it to friends and colleagues who are concerned about these important issues.

The report is available at:

David Michaels, PhD, MPH
Assistant Secretary
Occupational Safety and Health Administration United States Department of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room S2315
Washington, DC 20210
202-693-1659 (fax)

Mt. Sini Medical Evaluation Questionnaire, January 19, 2015.
Members: Download the


Mount Sinai-Irving J. Selikoff Center for Occupational & Environmental Medicine Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire

by clicking on this link: Mt. Sinai MEQ

PLEASE READ: Cold Stress Guide 2014, November 17, 2014.

Anyone working in a cold environment may be at risk of cold stress. Some workers may be required to work outdoors in cold environments and for extended periods, for example, snow cleanup crews, sanitation workers, police officers and emergency response and recovery personnel, like firefighters, and emergency medical technicians. Cold stress can be encountered in these types of work environment. Film crews can be added to that list. The frequently asked questions found in the linked PDF file (below) will help workers understand what cold stress is, how it may affect their health and safety, and how it can be prevented.

Please download the Cold Stress Guide 2014 from this link:

Cold Stress Guide 2014

New Website Login for Members, October 4, 2010.

Welcome to the new USA 829 website!

Members: Your log-in data has changed. To log in as a member, you must use the following data:

Username = Your valid e-mail address, as found in the USA 829 member database.
     Contact any USA 829 office immediately to register your e-mail address if they don't already have it. Without that, you cannot log in to this website! Please don't assume that the union has the correct address for you: call them and verify it now.

Password = Your CAPITALIZED First Name InitialCAPITALIZED Last Name Initial +
     last 4 digits of Social Security #.
     Example: the Password for John Doe with SS# of 123-45-6789 would be JD6789.
     The Password is always case-sensitive, so JD6789 will work, while jd6789 or Jd6789 or jD6789 will not.

NOTE: Foreign members have been assigned a Password that uses their initials with their member number instead of the last four numbers of the SS#.