Local USA 829 News

A LETTER FROM 80 PLAYWRIGHTS, October 22, 2015.

Dear Scott Heller and The New York Times, 

We are reaching out because we'd like to talk to you about the recent elimination of the full credit box in your theater listings and reviews.

We playwrights are always mentioned in the listings and reviews. This is not about us. We think the stage managers and sound and lighting and set and costume designers we work with are just as important as we are when it comes to making theater.

These people are so often overlooked, even though our medium is, literally, coordinating moving bodies, in clothing, with accompanying sound, through light and architectural space. The credits at the end of the reviews and listings are often the only way designers and stage managers are recognized at all. And these people are real artists. They're not helpers. They're our collaborators. They're the show itself.

It's also important for your readers to be able to find out days, months, years later, who created the shows they saw and read about. There are so many theater artists who aren't writers and directors and actors whose careers should be followed and documented, regardless of the writers and directors and actors they're working with, simply because they make extraordinary work. 

We need talented artists in New York City to continue to want to pursue these fields.  And if they're unnamed and uncredited in the Times it's bad for all of us. Their names are as important to the future of American theater as the names below.

Please restore the original credit box to your reviews and listings, online and in print.

David Adjmi
Annie Baker
Stephen Belber
Eliza Bent
Hannah Bos
Adam Bock
Sheila Callaghan
Mia Chung
Erin Courtney
Lisa D'Amour
Eisa Davis
Kristoffer Diaz
Steven Dietz
Bathsheba Doran
Jackie Sibblies Drury
Erik Ehn
Will Eno
Halley Feiffer
Melissa James Gibson
Daniel Goldfarb
John Guare
Rinne Groff
Stephen Adly Guirgis
Jordan Harrison
Amy Herzog
Lucas Hnath
Tina Howe
Quiara Hudes
Sam Hunter
David Henry Hwang
Naomi Iizuka
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Len Jenkin
Jeffrey Jones
Rajiv Joseph
Stephen Karam
Sibyl Kempson
Arthur Kopit
Kristen Kosmas
Tony Kushner
Deborah Laufer
Young Jean Lee
Dan LeFranc
Tracy Letts
Kenneth Lonergan
Matthew Lopez
Kirk Lynn
Taylor Mac
Duncan MacMillan
Laura Marks
Tarell McCraney
Terrence McNally
Charles Mee
Carly Mensch
Itamar Moses
Gregory Moss
Carlos Murillo
Janine Nabers
Qui Nguyen
Bruce Norris
Lynn Nottage
Sylvan Oswald
Jiehae Park
Adam Rapp
JT Rogers
Max Posner
Kristina Satter
Heidi Schreck
Wallace Shawn
Sarah Ruhl
Cori Thomas
Paul Thureen
Kathleen Tolan
Sarah Treem
Francine Volpe
Anne Washburn
Gary Winter
Doug Wright
Stefanie Zadravec
Anna Ziegler

Protest Lack of Designer Credits in the NY Times!, October 15, 2015.

Many of our colleagues are up in arms about the decision by the New York Times to stop listing designer credits in both the web and print edition of their theatrical reviews.   The Union has sent a letter to the editors of the New York Times and we encourage all of our members to do the same.   Please write to the NY Times NOW and express your outrage.  
Emails and letters may be sent to the following:
Danielle Mattoon, Culture Editor,

Scott Heller, Theatre Editor and Deputy Editor for Arts & Leisure,

Arthur Sulzberger Jr., Chairman & Publisher,

The New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY  10018
Sample Text of Email or Letter to the NY Times
I am writing at this time to protest your decision to eliminate the listing of credits from the reviews of theatrical productions.
That small box at the end of each review is extremely important to many of us; theatre-goers and professionals alike.  Not only did the credit box provide basic information about the location and dates for the production, it also provided your readers with basic information of who worked to create the show: the author, cast, designers, director and other key creative personnel.  The vast majority of people who contribute to any production work behind the scenes and by eliminating their credits you have taken away the minimal recognition that these important workers receive. 
In other areas the NY Times seems to adhere to the philosophy “give credit where credit is due“ but abandon it here.   The contributors to an article or editorial in the NY Times are always listed; a photograph on your website always credits the photographer or source; why then is it acceptable to ignore the contributors to a live theatrical production?  This is especially dismissive in a city such as NYC where the performing arts are such a vital part of the economy and our daily life. 
Broadway alone contributes nearly $12 billion to the economy of NYC in addition to the ticket sales, and 87,000 local jobs.  It is considered one of NYC’s greatest tourist destinations with 6.7 million tickets bought by tourists during the 2014-15 season alone.  The artists who create the product that drives this economic engine deserve recognition.
I urge you to re-consider your decision and restore the credit box at the end of each review. 
Your name

NYPL Production Safety Checklist 2015, September 19, 2015.
Click on the link below for a PDF version of this Safety Checklist:

NYPL Production Safety Checklist 2015

AutoCAD & Revit at The General Society, September 15, 2015.
The Mechanics Institute
an Educational Program of
 The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen
Dear Industry Colleague,
The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen will be offering the following AutoCAD and Building Information Modeling (BIM) classes starting Tuesday, September 15th.
Introduction to AutoCAD
 Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
September 15 - December 3

The educational objective of this course is to provide students with a working knowledge of the fundamentals of Computer-Aided Design (CAD), utilizing AutoCAD. The course focuses on the principles and conventions of CAD as used by the drafting/engineering professional, including Drawing Tools, Poly-lines, Layers, Text, and Dimensioning.


Introduction to Revit 
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
September 15 - December 3
This class introduces the students to the essential features and functionality of Revit (Architecture, Structure and MEP). Through lectures and hands on exercises, the student will learn about Building Information Modeling (BIM), navigate through program interface, manage views and master the basic concepts of BIM modeling.

For more information please visit 
or contact Meg Stanton, Registrar or 212.840.1840 ext 1.
Seating is limited.
   The Mechanics Institute
The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen
20 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036

Supplemental Insurance Still Available, September 13, 2015.

Supplemental Insurance

For several years the Local Union Executive Board has been looking for affordable
disability insurance for members. Working with Met Life we have been able to arrange
group rates for these coverages available for purchase by USA 829 members.

Voluntary Long Term Disability Insurance:
This coverage helps replace a portion of your lost income for extended illnesses
or injuries to protect you against life’s unexpected events.

Voluntary Life Insurance:
Coverage that helps protect your loved ones ability to meet financial obligations
if something were to happen to you.

To request more information and an application please contact
via Mail, Fax or Email:
MBM Financial Services, Ltd.
Michael B. Murphy – Broker of Record Local USA 829
1 Overlea Court • Massapequa Park • New York • 11762
Phone (516) 795-8248 • Fax (516) 795-4392

Michael can work with you to obtain competitive insurance rates for
Individual Life Insurance policies and Long Term Care Insurance.

Contact him directly with your questions.

$20 Licenses through the IA!, September 1, 2015.

The IATSE has contracted for all interested IATSE members in good standing to have a “Premium” membership with

An Individual annual membership normally costs as much as $375 per year,
but IATSE members and local leaders will be able to purchase individual premium
annual memberships that will run from September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016
for only $20 each.

•           Unlimited access from any desktop or mobile device 24/7
•           Over 2,500 courses on a wide variety of technologies and disciplines,
                    across all skill levels, with new courses added every week.
•           Up-to-date content

There are thousands of courses in categories such as:




Audio and Music





3D and Animation


Time Management

Conflict Resolution


Business Writing

Microsoft:  Excel, Outlook, Power Point, Word

Google:  Gmail, Calendar, Docs

Adobe:  Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator

Enrollment is through our local union. To purchase a license please make your checks payable and mail to:

United Scenic Artists Apprenticeship Trust Fund
29 West 38th Street Floor 15
New York, NY 10018
Attention Cathy Keator

In the MEMO line please write LYNDA 2015-2016

*Please provide the email address you wish to use for your registration.

Once your information is forwarded to the International you will be contacted via e-mail directly by to set up your account.

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

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#.