Donahoe Kearney - April 2020

INSIDE LOOK AT A STAGEHAND UNION Over the past few weeks, I had the pleasure of hanging out with some pretty fantastic union workers over at IATSE Local 22. IATSE stands for International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, and their members are stagehands who work all over D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. If you’ve ever been to a show at the Wolf Trapp, Capital One Arena, the Kennedy Center, or Merriweather Post, or if you’ve ever attended a concert at the Capitol or an inauguration, chances are you’ve seen these amazing stagehands setting up stages and lighting platforms, rigging, climbing, shining spotlights, and working like crazy behind the scenes to create that showtime experience. Like all unions, IATSE offers classes, training, and opportunities to gain skills to launch their members to the next levels of expertise. Unions put a lot of time and effort making sure their workers are doing their best work, and what makes them so valuable is that they specialize in one trade, whether it's elevator maintenance workers, construction plumbers, pipe fitters, electricians, stagehands, or any other specialty. As they say, if you want it done right, hire a union. I really enjoyed talking to the folks at IATSE — Lynn, Cathy, Allison, and David. It’s clear they really care about the members — they know injured workers are caught between a rock and a hard place, trying to do the right thing, but not always knowing what that is, and the challenges they face, like communicating with professional adjusters and keeping detailed records that will help their case and other things they’ve never had to do before. This group clearly “gets it,” which is not surprising because they all have worked in the field at one point or another.

They know that when you are a high-wage earner,

specializing in a heavy-duty

occupation, and you get hurt at work, it’s your livelihood at stake. And that’s really why we were there — to answer questions about how the workers’

Plus, Cathy, who handles all the dispatching, has an incredible collection of backstage passes and gear. I even got to try on one of their authentic “Phantom of the Opera” jackets from working on the show!

compensation system works when their

members get hurt at work, letting them know how important it is to take the right steps after a work injury, and how we help injured workers get back on their feet so they can provide for their families. We gave away a lot of our books, consumer guides, and reports … not as cool as a Phantom jacket, but what can you do?

And we’ll do the same for you and your family!

-Brooke Birkey



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1/2 cup mayonnaise

Salt, paprika, garlic powder, and pepper, to taste 12 large eggs, hard-boiled Fresh parsley, minced, and paprika for garnish

2 tbsp milk

1 tsp dried parsley flakes

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1/2 tsp dill weed

1/2 tsp fresh chives, minced 1/2 tsp ground mustard

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