Local 706 - The Artisan

Winter 2017

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8 LOCAL LOCAL PERSPECTIVE BY TOMMY COLE Business Representative, I.A.T.S.E. Local 706 I hope you had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends and that 2016 was a good year for you. With three years left of our current film and television incentives, we are already gearing up to push for another five-year extension with an even higher dollar program after this one expires. With your help, the future support of the CIC, our legislative action group, the many local businesses throughout California, the thousands of union members from all the Hollywood entertainment locals, and all the politicians, and lobbyists who helped us get this present incen- tive program through to Sacramento, we will once again be able to bring more work back to California in the future. With the new year, I would like to thank our Local 706 Officers and our Boards for their commitment to their Local and our industry. Their involve- ment helps make our union strong, and their pledge and dedication to all is what helps make our Local viable for years to come, along with accomplish- ing our mission: to serve and represent each and every Local 706 member fairly and equally. No matter what classifica- tion, be it make-up or hair for: Film and TV, Theater, Pink Contract, New Media, Regional, Network Television, Commercials, Associate or Theme Park, they are each a priority. I would also like to recognize my co-workers in the 706 office: Sue Cabral-Ebert and Randy Sayer, Kathy Sain, our office manager, Diane Burns, our accounting specialist, and Linda Flores and Leron, our dispatchers. Their commitment to being there for our members is unwavering, and they are the glue that helps hold us all together for the better- ment of the membership. Local 706 lost some wonderful members this last year, and I would like to acknowledge these talented artisans: Journeyman make-up artists Edie Bahr, Charlie Blackman, Brian McManus, Robert Norin and Diane Shatz; journeyman hair stylists Jane Chabra-Dawson, Stephen Elsbree, Monica Helpman, Virginia Kearns, Cammy Langer and Doreen S. Marchetti, and Theme Park hair stylist Evelyn Lopez Araya. May we never forget these gifted artisans for their talent and contributions to their Local and the entertainment industry. In January's Local 706 bulletin board, I wrote an article related to working as an out-of-state Distant Hire and how important it is to make sure that you are covered by California State Disability Insurance when working out of state. Please read the full article in the "Guild News" section of this magazine. We had a very successful year of education for our Roster members, honing their skills and abilities to help them be more prepared for jobs in the future. Contract Services sponsored and paid for nine 2-day skills training classes for our mem- bers. For 2017, I put bids in on the same subjects, plus an additional three more, two for our hair stylists and one for our make-up artists. The new hair classes, if accepted, will be "Ventilating Hair-Lace Wigs" and "The Art of High Fashion: Elegant Hair Styling." The new make-up class will be "Sculpting and Making Small Appliances" … how to sculpt and make small prosthetics— appliances within the confines of the make-up trailer. Over the holidays, I was at my daugh- ter's home and saw words in a picture on her wall that said a lot about rela- tionships … words that could very well relate to the kind of relationships that I would hope more of our members could have with their co-workers in the trailers. It said in part, "Share— Have fun—Laugh together; Say please and thank you—Listen to each other; Help each other—Be kind; Respect each other—Do your best; and last of all, Give lots of hugs and kisses to those you cherish in your lives." I don't know who the author is, but these words are pretty poignant, and a great template for a way we could be living our lives. After all, when it is all said and done, the relationships we have with others are directly related to being happy and successful in so many ways. Please enjoy this issue of The Artisan. Sincerely and Fraternally, Listen to each other. Help each other. Be kind. Respect each other... " "

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