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Referent FAQs

Q: How do I get work?
Q: How is work given out?
Q: What if I don't hear back from you?
Q: What do I need to bring to work?
Q: What if I can't make a call?
Q: Am I member of the Union?
Q: Am I an Employee of the Stage Hands Union?
Q: How do I change my address?
Q: What if I'm missing a check or if there is a mistake on my check?
Q: What is the ABCD List for Stage & Exhibition Employees and How do I Advance?
Q: What is the ABC List for Film Employees and How do I Advance?
Q: What List am I on?
Q: What is my hourly wage?
Q: What is SMG New hires wage?
Q: What is an Exhibition Companies Class Level?
Q: If I stay at a lower rate Class Rate with an Exhibition Company, will I get more work?
 
 
 
 
Q: How do I get work?
Call the work-line when you are available to work.
Call only once within a 24 hour period.
Leave only your name and phone number.
If the line is busy, hang up and try again.
Do not call the office number to report availability.
Be sure to state that you have a new phone number if your number changes.
Q: How is work given out?
If we have work available, one of our dispatchers will call you. You must answer your phone. We do not leave messages. If you do not answer your phone, the dispatcher will go directly to the next person on the list. Please do not call the office number to state you have missed a call. This is a call out system, not a call back system.
When you do receive a call, be sure to write down all of the following information.
Date and time of the job
Location of the job including Room, Hall, or Booth Number.
Company you are working for
On site contact if applicable
You will need all the above information to help track any missing pay checks!
Q: What if I don't hear back from you?
We do not have enough work.
Q: What do I need to bring to work?
1) Your tools (See list)
2) Your ID and Social Security card for payroll. Many times you will work for companies that pay directly. It is your responsibility to have proper documentation for W4 and I9 forms on site.
Q: What if I can't make a call?
Call the business line 303.534.2423 with the following information;
Your name and Number
The date and time of your call
The company name and location of call
A minimum 12-hour notice to cancel is required to be compliant with the Hiring Hall Rules.
Q: Am I member of the Union?
No, You are on our call-list to be referred for work.
Q: Am I an Employee of the Stage Hands Union?
No, we are a hiring hall. We refer people to work for other companies. You are a referent.
Q: How do I change my address?
Come into the office to change your address, be sure to also submit a change of address to any other contractors you might be working for.
Q: What if I'm missing a check or if there is a mistake on my check?
You need to contact the company you were working for. Log-In above, then start with the Company Directory Page and contact the company directly. If you still cannot resolve the issue, then contact the union office with the following information.
Date and time of the call
Location of the call including Room, Hall, or Booth Number.
Name of the Company you are working for
Name of the On Site contact if applicable
Q: What is the ABCD List for Stage & Exhibition Employees and How do I Advance?

The dispatcher uses this list when assigning referents to a particular job in the Stage or Exhibition Industry. Jobs are assigned starting with referents that are in the A-List with the skill sets required for the job. Once all referents in the A list are utilized, then the steward starts assigning through the B-List, then the C-list. etc...

The Qualification for each list are as follows:
D-List
All New Referents are placed on this list.
To be referred for work you must be a resident in the jurisdiction of Local #7

C-List
Worked under the D-List for 1 year
Worked at least 500 hours the Previous year through the union

B-List
Worked on the C-List for 3 consecutive years consisting of not less than 1000 hours each year.

A-List
Worked on the B-List for 3 consecutive years consisting of not less than 2000 hours each year.

Q: What is the ABC List for Film Employees and How do I Advance?

The dispatcher uses this list when assigning referents to a particular job in the Film/Movie industry. Jobs are assigned starting with referents that are in the A-List with the skill set required for the job. Once all referents in the A list utilized, then the steward starts assigning through the B-List, and then the C-List.

The qualifications for each List are as follows:
C-List
All New Referents are placed on this list that have experience in the film industry.

B-List
Have production experience with more than 200 hours under a signatory Local No. 7 agreement in a particular category

A-List
Be a resident in the geographical jurisdiction of the Local for five consecutive years, and meet one of the following criteria
Three credits in a single job classification of which one credit is for 30 continuous days of employment, within the previous 12 months.
60 continuous days of employment in a single job classification within the previous 12 months.
30 continuous days of employment under a signatory Local No. 7 agreement within the previous 12 months.

 
Q: What List am I on?

If you have not been on our referral list for at least a year, or have not worked at least 250 Hours, You are on the D-List.

To Check what list you are on, Log-in to the site above and click on the Profile link. If you recently registered on the site, your information may not be available yet. Try back in another business day.

Q: What is my hourly wage?

Wages vary between different Employers as well as the job classification you are performing.
The Steward at the venue should be able to tell you. In the event that you are working for SMG or a Exhibition Company, the Steward may not be able to tell you unless they know your class/new-hire status.

Also see "What is SMG New hires wage", and "What is Exhibition Companies Class Level" Below.

Q: What is SMG New hires wage?

There are 2 different agreements with SMG.
Theaters and Arenas
Which consists of the Buell Theatre, Ellie Caulkins Opera House, and Red Rocks Amphitheater.

Convention Center and Bellco Theatre

Under each agreement, the first 250 hours, of actual work, will be at a New-Hire Rate. After which, your rate will automatically go to the full Intermittent Stagehand Rate.

 

This only applies if you are working for SMG itself.
If you have any question on who you are working for, ask the Job Steward.

Q: What is an Exhibition Companies Class Level?

When working in the convention, exhibition and trade show industry, pay is based on the number of hours worked in that industry. If you work for, but not limited to Brede, GES, Freeman Decorating (Not Freeman AV), Up & Down, Laser, Renaissance, those hours combined will advance you to the next Class Level.

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP ANY TIME-CARDS AND/OR PAYCHECK STUBS AS PROOF OF WORK COMPLETED.

The Classes are:
Class 2
less than 500 hours worked

Class 3
500 to 1000 hours worked

Class 4
at least 1000 hours worked + an Exam

Take a copy of your paycheck stubs or time-cards for any exhibition company, other than Freeman, to
Freeman Decorating
attn: Payroll
4493 Florence St.
Denver, CO 80238
303/329-3442

You do not need to wait until you have enough hours worked to reach the next class before reporting your hours. Such has if you feel like turning in after every 100 hours is fine.

After you work 950 hours, Freeman will send you information on taking the exam for Class 4.
If you take the exam early, you will not get the bump in pay until you reach the 1000 hour mark. However, If you don't take the exam until after you reach the 1000 hours, you will not get any retro pay for the difference. aka wait until 1100 hours before taking the exam, your pay will still be at the Class 3 rate until you pass the exam, at which time your pay will be at the new rate.

 
Q: If I stay at a lower rate Class Rate with an Exhibition Company, will I get more work?

Absolutely not. The Dispatcher does not have that information when referring you to a call.