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Referral Rules

SECTION 1The Hiring Hall shall use a non-discriminatory procedure for referring qualified personnel to contractors.

• The selection of applicants for job referral shall be made on a non-discriminatory basis without regard to union membership, race, color, religion, creed, sexual preference, gender or national origin.
• The Business Representative shall be in charge of the Hiring Hall and dispatching procedures.
• The Hiring Hall shall be the sole supplier of qualified personnel to the contractors whose contract with Local No. 7 so requires.

SECTION 2The Business Representative shall maintain all working lists. The Hiring Hall Rules Committee, composed of the Local No. 7 Executive Board, and members appointed by the President shall administer the rules, subject to the approval of the membership.

Stage/Exhibition Employees

SECTION 3The dispatcher shall maintain all working lists. The Hiring Hall Rules Committee, composed of the Local No. 7 Executive Board, shall administer the rules, subject to the approval of the membership.

• There are 4 lists to which stage/exhibition employees shall be assigned.

• There are 3 lists to which film employees shall be assigned.

 

SECTION 4A LIST:
All personnel who reside in the geographical jurisdiction of the Local, are registered with the Hiring Hall for six consecutive years, are available for referral and meet the criteria of one of the following lists. Income requirements for the determination of list placement are to be derived from the Hiring Hall referral procedure in the geographical jurisdiction of the Local. The A list shall be divided into lists A1, A2, and A3.

List A1 – Personnel who have not less than fifteen years experience as a Stage/Exhibition employee, consisting of not less than 2000 hours of income each year.

List A2 – Personnel who have not less than six years experience as a Stage/Exhibition employee, consisting of not less than 1000 hours of income each year in the industry for three consecutive years followed by three years consisting of not less than 2000 hours of income each year.

List A3 – Personnel who meet the requirements of List A1 or A2, but are employed by a primary employer on a regular basis either as a Stage/Exhibition employee, employee of Local No.7 or any other job.


B LIST:
All personnel who reside in the geographical jurisdiction of the Local, are registered with the Hiring Hall for three consecutive years, are available for referral, are not qualified to be on the A list and meet the criteria of one of the following lists. Income requirements for the determination of list placement are to be derived from the Hiring Hall referral procedure in the geographical jurisdiction of the Local. The B list shall be divided into lists B1, B2, and B3.

List B1 – Personnel who have not less than four years experience as a Stage/Exhibition employee and who have three consecutive years experience as a Stage/Exhibition employee, consisting of not less than 1000 hours of income each year in the industry followed by not less than 2000 hours of income in the industry for one year.

List B2 – Personnel who have not less than three years experience as a Stage/Exhibition employee and who have three consecutive years experience as a Stage/Exhibition employee, consisting of not less than 1000 hours of income each year.

List B3 – Personnel who meet the requirements of List B1 or B2, but are employed by a primary employer on a regular basis either as a Stage/Exhibition employee, employee of Local No.7 or any other job.

 

C LIST:
All personnel who reside in the geographical jurisdiction of the Local, are registered with the Hiring Hall for one year, are available for referral, are not qualified to be on the A or B lists and meet the criteria of one of the following lists. Income requirements for the determination of list placement are to be derived from the Hiring Hall referral procedure in the geographical jurisdiction of the Local. The C list shall be divided into lists C1, C2 and C3.

List C1 – Personnel who have not less than two years experience as a Stage/Exhibition employee, consisting of not less than 1000 hours of income each year in the industry for two consecutive years. Or personnel who provide documentation demonstrating verified certifications, training and the skills pertinent to the industry subject to review and approval by the Hiring Hall Rules Committee.

List C2 – Personnel who have not less than one year experience as a Stage/Exhibition employee, consisting of not less than 1000 hours of income in one year.

List C3 – Personnel who have not less than one year experience as a Stage/Exhibition employee, consisting of not less than 500 hours of income in one year.


D LIST:
All personnel who reside in the geographical jurisdiction of the Local, are registered with the Hiring Hall, are available for referral, are not qualified to be on the A or B or C lists. Income requirements for the determination of list placement are to be derived from the Hiring Hall referral procedure in the geographical jurisdiction of the Local.

 

Film Employees

SECTION 4A LIST:
When Film employees are requested, contact information for A list personnel will be provided to the contractor. If more Film employees are requested, contact information for B list personnel will be provided. If more Film employees are requested, contact information for C list personnel will be provided.

A list:
All personnel who have resided in the geographical jurisdiction of the Local for 18 months, are registered with the Hiring Hall, are available for referral, who are not employed by a primary employer on a regular basis as a Film employee or Stage/Exhibition employee, employee of Local No.7 or any other job and meet one of the following criteria:

a) Three credits in a single film job classification of which one credit is for 30 days of employment, within the previous 12 months.

b) 60 days of employment in a single film job classification within the previous 12 months.


c) 30 days of employment in a film job under a signatory IATSE or Local No. 7 agreement within the previous 12 months.

d) Was employed on any film job that is newly organized by the Local, or

Five credits that were full paying jobs in a single film job classification within the previous twenty-four months and can provide two local letters of reference.

A list personnel will submit employment documentation for the previous calendar year to the Hiring Hall Rules Committee (or its designee) prior to April 1. A list personnel that meet one of the listed criteria (a through e) will maintain placement on the A list. A list personnel that do not meet one of the listed criteria (a through e) will be moved to the B list. Personnel on the A list for ten calendar years are not required to meet employment criteria to maintain A list placement.


B LIST:
All personnel from the Stage/Exhibition employees lists who have resided in the geographic jurisdiction of the Local for one year, are available for referral, are not qualified to be on the Film employees A list and have production experience with more than 200 hours under a signatory IATSE or Local No.7 agreement in a particular film category.

B list personnel will submit employment documentation for the previous calendar year to the Hiring Hall Rules Committee (or its designee) prior to April 1.


C LIST:
All personnel who have registered with the Hiring Hall and are available for referral to jobs within the Local’s geographical jurisdiction and who do not otherwise qualify for placement on the Film employees A or B lists.

 

Rules Applicable to All Employees

SECTION 5A person can provide documentation showing the number of hours actually worked.

SECTION 6The Hiring Hall Rules Committee may waive any requirements of consecutive years of employment in the industry where it is shown that the referent has the requisite number of years of service and the failure to meet the requirement of consecutive years of employment is for good and sufficient reason, uniformly applied, such as continuous work for a traveling show, illness, disability, service in the armed forces of the United States or a similar reason.

SECTION 7Any person who refuses a work call from the Hiring Hall for reasons other than illness, injury or death in the immediate family, or other good cause acceptable to the Hiring Hall, uniformly applied, will be suspended immediately from the referral list for one rotation. After three such refusals in a row the person will be removed from the list and will remain off the list until he/she provides a written request for reinstatement to the Business Representative in person. Personnel whom the Hiring Hall is unable to contact on three occasions during any rolling 30-day period, except in the event of illness, injury or military service, so long as written notice of same is given to the Hiring Hall in advance, will be removed from the referral list until the Business Representative is notified in writing by such personnel.

SECTION 8Personnel who perform no work as a Stage or Exhibition employee within the jurisdiction of the Local for one year or more, except as a result of continuous work for a traveling show, disability or service in the armed forces of the United States, shall be dropped from the referral list on which their name appears. Such personnel will be returned to the appropriate referral list upon advising the Hiring Hall in writing of the end of the traveling show, disability or military service.

SECTION 9Lists will be established annually with an effective date of April 1 and shall last for 12 months. During the first three months of each year, the Hiring Hall Rules Committee (or its designee) shall review the hours worked by each person during the previous calendar year. Persons who meet the qualifications of a higher list shall be moved to that list. If a person averages less than the hours required for that list over the prior two years, that person shall drop one list for the next year. That person shall be returned to the higher list after working the hours required in a calendar year. No person shall drop below the C list. Questions and concerns regarding list placement shall be directed to the President.

SECTION 10The following exceptions apply to movement between lists as set forth above.

• During their term of office or employment, officers and employees of Local No. 7 may not be moved to a lower referral list as a result of assuming such responsibilities, except that full time employees of Local No. 7 shall be placed on the lowest numerical sublist of the lettered list they are on at the time they assume such office or employment (e.g. A3, B3, C3).
• Persons who have regular Stage/Exhibition work shall be placed on the lowest numerical sublist of the lettered list they are otherwise qualified for based upon their work history, including their regular Stage/Exhibition work (e.g. A3, B3, C3). Upon leaving such a position, such persons will be placed on the list for which they qualify with placement on the referral list determined by hours worked including hours worked from the regular position.
• Personnel who have accrued more than 2000 hours in each of ten calendar years shall be referred to as Senior Personnel.
>Senior Personnel shall not be placed lower than the B1 list and shall only be required to work 1000 hours per calendar year to maintain their position on the A list.
>Senior Personnel who have worked 2000 hours in each of fifteen calendar years shall only be required to work 500 hours per calendar year to maintain their position on the A list.
>Both Senior Personnel at least 60 years of age and Senior Personnel who have worked 2000 hours for 20 years shall have no minimum hour requirement to maintain their position on the A list. They shall not be subject to the requirements of Sections 7 and 8.

SECTION 11In filling all job requests, the dispatcher will first go to the A list (moving from the A1 list through the A3 list to fill job requests). If all requests are not filled from available personnel on the A list, the dispatcher will go to the B list, then to the C list and finally to the D list – filling job requests within each list beginning with the list numbered 1 and progressing through sublists in ascending numerical order.

SECTION 12The principles of equitable and uniform referrals will be followed, however, the Hiring Hall reserves the right to refer any personnel based upon the following:
• Availability of work.
• Need for specific skills and/or experience.
• Requests from contractors when appropriate.
• Need to rapidly and efficiently fill short notice or emergency work requests.

SECTION 13Referrals from the Stage/Exhibition A, B, C and D lists shall be made on the basis of attempting to equalize work opportunities within each referral list. The Business Representative shall review and analyze prior referrals and the criteria set forth above when deciding whom to refer to a particular call. Local 7 makes no representations that all persons on each list will get an equal amount of referrals or earn an equal amount of money during a referral year. Persons on the Stage/Exhibition A list shall not be required to call in when available for work.

SECTION 14All persons on the Stage/Exhibition B, C and D lists shall be required to call the Hiring Hall referral line when they are available for work.

SECTION 15For reasons of safety and efficiency, the Hiring Hall reserves the right not to refer a person to a job where the starting time of that job is less than eight hours after the ending time of the person's last job.

SECTION 16For purposes of these rules, regular Stage/Exhibition work means being employed by an employer for a significant, fixed period of time (or regularly called back by the employer to whom he/she was referred) such as, but not limited to, as a member of a house crew or for a season or show.

SECTION 17It is the obligation of each individual to keep the Hiring Hall updated as to new skills and abilities obtained. The individual may be required to submit proof of possession of such skills, abilities and proof of experience.

SECTION 18The Hiring Hall may charge a reasonable fee for registration and referral, as determined by the Hiring Hall, in order to defray the costs of operating a referral system. These registration and referral fees shall be applied uniformly to all referents without respect to union membership. An individual who fails to pay these registration and referral fees will not be eligible for referral to any job. Execution of a check-off agreement permitting such fees to be deducted from wages will constitute payment of registration and referral fees for the purposes of this section.

SECTION 19Personnel subject to medical restrictions are not eligible for Hiring Hall referral. An individual who has been subject to medical restrictions must provide the Hiring Hall with a doctor’s full duty release in order to restore eligibility for referral.

SECTION 20ALL PERSONS MUST COMPLY WITH THE LOCAL NO. 7 HIRING HALL RULES. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THOSE RULES MAY RESULT IN REMOVAL FROM THE REFERRAL LISTS.