New AICP/Midwest, Local 476 wage pact

One of the changes in the new AICP/Midwest-Local 476 labor agreement is a provision that helps fund high-tech certification training programs for union personnel, in keeping with changes in the entertainment industry.

Story’s executive producer Mark Androw, representing commercial production companies, and Mark Hogan, 476’s business manager, negotiated changes to the new three-year contract that went into effect Feb. 1.

The new contribution for the union’s Training Fund was set at one-fourth of one percent (.25%) to be used to train members for the current Entertainment Technical Certification Program (ETCP) for theatrical riggers.

“Rigging certification is becoming a very big factor in the theatre industry,” says Hogan. “Each job has to have a certain number of certified people, due to insurance regulations. The movie business will be next to do this, so we’re making a preemptive strike, so to speak, by training our people now for rigging and electrical certification.”