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					MARCH 2010
           S ERV I N G T H E         S TAT E       O F    M A I N E         S I N C E   1 9 0 4
          VOLUME 1




          I. A .T.S.E. LOC AL 114




                                                                                         LEFT-BROTHER LUTHER AT THE
                                                                                         UPNORTH FESTIVAL. ABOVE-
                                                                                         DISTURBED MOTOR PRE-RIG



                Some recent news of the Local
 * Jan 2010 - Local 114 held a lighting   lighting, arena rigging, rigger rescue and      Center’s efforts to rebrand, revamp
 class at Merrill Auditorium on January   more.                                           and renew Maine’s premier but aging
 5th with over 25 attendees. The focus                                                    venue . More information can be
                                          * Feb. 2010 - Local 114 is proud to have
 (ha!) was on learning the safest and                                                     found out at:
                                            signed on as a “Friend of the Center.”
 most productive way to work on the         This collection of area businesses and www.theciviccenter.com
 venue’s box boom and cove positions.       civic leaders has pledged support to
 We look forward to more classes for        the Cumberland County Civic
“Did you know?”

Dear Brothers and Sisters of Local 114:

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I write to tell you of a new benefit available to Local 114 members and
their families and friends.  As you may know, for many years, Reben,
Benjamin & March has served as trusted counsel to the Union.  The firm
has now agreed to provide initial legal consultations to our members,             * Howard will be sending
                                                                                  along wallet cards for
their families and friends - free of charge and make referrals to other
                                                                                  union members giving you
lawyers in cases they don’t handle.  In addition to the great job they do         a head’s up about what to
for the Union, Reben, Benjamin & March offers a broad range of legal              do in case of an injury at
services, that may benefit you or a loved one, including:                          work or in a car accident.
 
Workers' Compensation                                                             We will pass them along
Social Security Disability Appeals                                                as soon as they are
Employee Benefit Denials                                                           available.
Personal Injury
                                                                                Reben, Benjamin & March
Severance Negotiations
                                                                                97 India Street
Failure to Pay Wages
                                                                                P.O. Box 7060
Discrimination and Whistleblower Claims
                                                                                Portland, ME 04112
The attorneys at Reben, Benjamin & March have over 100 years of                 (207) 874-4771
collective experience representing Maine workers statewide.  In these           www.rbmlawoffice.com
tough economic times, they understand that everyday life and the
struggle to support our families seems to be getting harder instead of
easier.  They understand the physical demands, the risks, and the
stresses of our work.  A few years ago, they successfully represented
one of our members who was severely injured in a fall while                    And:
constructing a set for a large outdoor concert.  In addition to workers'
compensation benefits, the firm went after the third party responsible            Ed Gorham has retired as
for putting him in the unsafe work environment that led to his fall.  The       AFL-CIO president and will be
case resulted in a substantial monetary award that enabled him to focus         honored on March 5th at the
                                                                                Irish Heritage Center. More
on his recovery without having to worry about his family suffering
                                                                                information can be found at
financially.
                                                                                www.maineaflcio.org
                                                                                Our heartfelt congratulations
Reben, Benjamin & March is also connected with top attorneys in areas           go out to Ed for his three
of the law that they do not practice, so if they cannot help you, they can      decades of service to the
place you in the capable hands of an attorney who can.  To learn more           workers of Maine.
about Reben, Benjamin & March and see the results they have achieved
for their clients, visit their website: rbmlawoffice.com.  If you or a loved    Matt Schlobohm takes on
one has been injured, wrongfully terminated, denied benefits or wages,           executive director duties.
call them, tell them you are a Local 114 member, and you will receive a
free consultation with an attorney.                                             Find out more about ETCP
                                                                                certifications for rigging (arena
Regards,                                                                        and theater) and electricians
Russ Pooler                                                                     at www.etcp.esta.org.
President, Local 114 IATSE
                                                                                The Local recently passed a
                                                                                motion to reimburse half the
                                                                                testing cost any member’s
                                                                                successful certificate
                                                                                completion.
P H OTO S F RO M T H I S Y E A R




               CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT:

               SUMMER SOFTBALL FIELDS OF DREAMS AT FT
               WILLIAMS,

               STAGE DAIS ORLANDO CONVENTION

               MERRILL SPOT PICK UPS

               GROUND RIGGERS TYING AT MERRILL

               “BRICKMAN” WILLIAMS TEACHING THE SPOT
66th IATSE
Quadrennial
Convention
Business Agent Dave Herrman and
President Russ Pooler attended the week
long 66th IATSE convention in Orlando
Florida in July of 2009. IA President Loeb
along with all with all the returning VP’s
were unanimously returned to office.
Several major themes recurred
throughout the week’s sessions: education
and certification, fighting piracy in the              66th Quadrennial Convention
                                                          Orlando, FL July 2009
movie industry and successful labor
resolutions by “organization and mutual
endeavor.”




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                                             “Sorry, I’m not available for this gig.”

   S TATE OF M AI NE TASK
  FO RCE ON M IS-CLASSED
         WO RK ERS:


The Governors Task Force on the
misclassification of workers recently
presented its findings and
recommendations to Governor Baldacci
at the State House. The task forces has
been working on closing the loopholes
some employers use to avoid workman’s
comp coverage and paying employee
taxes.
More information can be found out at:

http://www.maine.gov/labor/
misclass/

				
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