New Payroll System at WMU – Miller Auditorium

You are receiving this communication because you may be a participant in the paycard program at Western Michigan University for your work at Miller Auditorium.  The current vendor for the paycard is Money Network Services.  This notification is to inform  you that Western is transitioning from Money Network Services to the PNC paycard program.  This conversion is being scheduled for the first payroll in Oct. 2019.  You can anticipate your new card arriving the week prior to the first pay in October to allow time for card activation.

If you are a current cardholder, a new PNC card has been requested for you and will be mailed to your permanent address as listed in the database.   Please contact Payroll and Disbursements if your new card has not arrived by October 1, 2019.  The phone number is 269 387-2935.    If you have converted from the paycard to direct deposit, please discard this notice.  Please be advised that in many circumstances it is to your advantage to have direct deposit rather than a paycard due to the fees associated with paycards.

Please see the schedule of fees as noted below.  The fee schedule will also be enclosed within your new card.

Important Information Regarding UTP Direct Deposit

According to an email from UTP Group:

Just so you are aware we are changing systems for direct deposit, it will not effect anyone that has been getting it already but we are not entering new ones until the new system is up and running (supposed to be Monday but you never know). So anyone new, within the last week or so, will get a check until it is up and running (or postponed).


And while I have you here… There are still several people who have yet to fill out their new hire paperwork (or provide us with copies of their supporting documents). You cannot be paid for a job you’ve worked until that paperwork is complete, and I honestly cannot fathom why you would drag your feet on this. If you worked a job in a venue other than VanAndel Arena, Devos Place/Hall, DeltaPlex, or Miller Auditorium and have not yet been paid, please call or stop by the Local 26 office to find out if you’re on the list and get your paperwork completed. Some of these paychecks have been held since last summer, and everyone who needs to do paperwork has been contacted multiple times (in person on the call by their Head Carpenter, via email from the office, and/or by phone).  Under Michigan law, uncashed payroll checks are considered abandoned after they have been dormant for one year. I am unsure if that applies only to checks that have been issued and not cashed, or if it also applies to checks for which the funds are being held until paperwork is on file, but it doesn’t seem like letting your money get sent to the state unclaimed property division is the way to go.


Reminder: The office is open Monday through Friday 9am to 2pm and closed on all major holidays. Planned changes to the hours will be posted on our website on the Contact page. It’s always a good idea to call before you stop by just in case something unexpected happened and we have had to close on short notice.

Downtown Grand Rapids Parking

As we all know, parking downtown can be expensive and sometimes almost impossible to find, especially on weekend nights. As we also know, a great deal of our work happens on weekend nights. We’ve received a letter at the office from Grand Rapids Parking Services offering a solution that might work for some of you!


First, there’s always the DASH bus, which is free to ride from various parking lots around downtown. It runs Monday through Wednesday from 6:30 am to 10:30 pm. Thursday and Friday from 6:30 am to 1:00 am, Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:00 am, and Sunday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. You still have to pay for parking, but it allows you to park further away for a lesser cost.


Second option is to purchase an Evening Monthly Parking Permit. This is considerably cheaper than purchasing a regular Monthly Parking Permit at just $49 per month, although it only allows you to park from 4:30 pm to 8:00 am. The ramps for which you can purchase a permit are: Pearl-Ionia, Monroe Center, Weston Commerce, and Cherry Commerce. The Pearl-Ionia ramp Evening Permit allows 24-hour access on Saturday and Sunday.


Finally, they wanted to point out the services they offer when you park in a city lot or ramp. They have Parking Service Officers available 24/7/365 in case you need help changing a tire, need a jump start, are locked out of your vehicle, transporting you to your vehicle (when parked in one of their facilities) outside of DASH hours if you feel unsafe walking, troubleshooting any issues with automated parking machines, and they’ll even sell you up to 5 gallons of fuel if you’re out of gas!


If you’d like to apply for one of the Evening Monthly Parking Permits, please visit the link below to be placed on the waiting list.

Grand Rapids Parking Permits is now LinkedIn Learning

Be sure to follow the instructions in the email from LinkedIn Learning

On June 20th your account was upgraded to a LinkedIn Learning account. You should have received an email with instructions on registering with LIL. Just follow the instructions in the email to gain access to all the great learning opportunities LIL has to offer.

Didn’t get the email?

That’s okay. If you didn’t receive the email just log into like you normally do and you will be redirected to the registration page of LIL. Once there, just follow the instructions to gain access.

You don’t need a LinkedIn profile to access LinkedIn Learning. You can connect your LinkedIn profile if you like but it is not necessary. If you would like to learn more about registering your account for the upgrade, visit our website at Once there, you can look through instructions, step by step or you can reference the at-a-glance flow chart of the procedure.

We are excited to bring you this valuable learning resource and hope you enjoy advancing your skills with LinkedIn Learning.

*Please note: You do not have to have a LinkedIn profile, nor do you have to link to an existing LinkedIn profile, to use LinkedIn Learning. Your certificates will not be published to your profile unless you choose to do so when given the option for each class completed.

Rigger Advisory Panel


At the May 24, 2019 Rigging Meeting, a group of 20 or so riggers elected Josh Roskamp, Randy Sturgis, and Tony Del Barrio to the Inaugural Panel of the Rigging Advisory Committee. The rigging department was asked by the Business Agent and Executive Board to form this panel to better enable communication regarding all rigging-related issues whether good or bad. This panel will also be responsible for scheduling, running, and keeping records of discussion at all Rigging Department meetings.

The initial topics this committee was asked to discuss included (but were certainly not limited to): Rigging Safety Issues, Rigging List Restructuring, Recruiting New Riggers, and Conduct and Duties of Riggers on Calls.

This inaugural panel has made a commitment of one year of service, after which nominations and an election will be held within the committee again. This group is an ad hoc committee of Local 26, which means they serve at the discretion of the President. Any Committee or Panel member who is not performing as directed or fails to work collaboratively with the department will be removed and a new person appointed to take his/her place.

Local 26 eagerly anticipates moving forward with the Rigging Department and its newly-elected Panel to solve issues and create new opportunities for advancement. Congratulations to you all!

Workers Memorial Day


On April 28, working people around the world observe Workers Memorial Day, known as National Day of Mourning or Jour de Deuil in Canada, to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs.

Since this commemoration takes place on a Sunday this year, the IATSE asks that all members across North America pause to reflect with a moment of silence on Monday, April 29th at 10am PDT/1:00pm EDT.

For more information about Workers Memorial Day in general, visit the AFL-CIO’s website.

For more information on how our sisters and brothers to the north observe this somber day, please visit the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.

Find Us Online!

Local 26 has added Instagram to our online presence! Follow us and keep up with what’s happening at work, with training, and at play.

Don’t forget we’re on Twitter as well!

Limited Edition Pins

IATSE Members may request limited edition pins from the Secretary-Treasurer. If you are interested in purchasing any of the below pins, please let the office know so we can place a large order rather than multiple small orders. Please remember the office does not accept cash, so payment must be either check, money order, or credit card. See PDF below for styles and pricing.

IA Pins

Change to SMS Procedure

IATSE Political Action Committee Fundraiser

IATSE Local 26 is announcing a drive to get more people signed up for the IATSE PAC fund. The future of our Local and of Organized Labor as a whole may well depend on the upcoming election, so supporting the PAC Funds that work to forward our collective interests only makes sense.

Of course, we also strongly encourage our members and referents to register and vote in every election, because if you give up your vote you also give up your voice. As our President said in her report last month, “It is imperative that we support pro-labor candidates at the ballot box this fall. You may vote by absentee ballot…I always suggest voting by absentee ballot for stagehands. Whatever you do, just don’t forget to vote.”

As incentive for donating to both the Michigan and IA PAC Funds, IATSE Local 26 and the IA are offering gifts to those members who meet donation criteria.

See the PDF document below for details and incentives.