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This is the Official sole representative website for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 63 Stagehands, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Important Notice - October 15, 2008

To the Members of I.A.T.S.E. Local 63

Please be advised that there will be a Special Meeting on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. to discuss the possible contract between Entertainment Support Services of Manitoba (ESSM) and True North Sports & Entertainment.  Your input into the possible planned contract’s terminology is requested by the Executive.  This meeting has been called at the request of the members in attendance at the October 14, 2008 meeting.


Hey guys,

I just wanted to say thanks again for everything, and it was a pleasure to work with you all (except Dave as I didn’t get the pleasure!).  The show and myself we’re so thrilled about the way your staff made us feel so welcome, and the crew was over and beyond.  I can’t tell you how nice it is to come into a building and not get attitude backstage!  Plus having a crew that is efficient and friendly:

Please pass this along to Rob, as without the use of his couch, I don’t know if I could’ve lasted on the evening shows;)

Thanks again!


Avalee Cantor
Director of Finance and Operations


The Executive wishes to congratulate Sister Eveline Cruise on her retirement from Local 63.  Sister Cruise has been a member of the Local for twenty-two years and has decided to hang up her wardrobe apron.  Sister Cruise first came to us through her work with the Manitoba Opera Association.  We wish Sister Cruise well in a much-deserved retirement and I am certain we will all miss her on calls at the Concert Hall.

Brothers Wayne Docking (30 year stage member) and Heinz Nerger (projectionist) have decided to take honourable withdrawals from Local 63 that affect March 31st, 2008.

The Executive wishes to congratulate Sister Julie Slessor and Brothers Paul Moore and Gerald Sawchuck on their advancement to Full Card Status in Local 63.  We also which to welcome new members Brother Arthur (Les) Newman, Brother Christopher Coyne, Brother Jonathan Kennedy and Brother Gabriel Cote all to the stagehand category.


To Brother John Gallagher on the passing of his mother Donna Uffelman January 15, 2009.

To Brother Barny Haines on the passing of his mother Hazel Haines January 27, 2009.

In the February 2007 Newsletter special thanks were given to the Jesus Christ Superstar Show crew.

Further to this, the following letter (carbon copy) was forwarded to us from Ray Chandler Company Manager – Jesus Christ Superstar National Tour.

February 11, 2007

Honorable Mayor Mr. Sam Katz
City of Winnipeg, Manitoba

Dear Sir,

On January 16, 2007 the Jesus Christ Superstar National Tour buses enroute to Winnipeg, Manitoba from Fargo, North Dakota were delayed at the Emerson, MB/Pembina, ND border crossing by approximately 5 hours preventing the road crew from arriving on time at the scheduled 8:00 AM load in time set for the Centennial Concert Hall.

In most cases the local crew would wait for the road crew arrival to commence unloading the trucks and setting up the show.  Absent on site instruction, guidance and management relating to the process whereby these trucks are unpacked and the production assembled it is logical to wait, regardless of the stakes involved.  To do otherwise would take tremendous willingness, experience, patience and determination on the part of an unfamiliar crew to attempt the effort.

Once clear of Canada Customs and Immigration we arrived to discover John Gallagher, David Martin and the men and women of IATSE Local 63 incredulously engaged in the process and to the extraordinary degree attributing their professionalism not only had carefully unpacked the trucks, but, were able to ascertain key elements of the production set up and accomplished a highly significant amount of the setting up process.

As a result of their actions cancelling the opening night performance due to lack of sufficient time was avoided and the remaining process was achieved in three hours instead of our standard 5-6 hours; frankly averting a major disaster.

I have witnessed and experienced first hand numerous local crews in action and I say to you this is one fantastic organization of highly skilled, professional men and women who know their craft and when the show was in difficulty did not hesitate to come to our rescue.  They should to be recognized and appreciated for their contribution.  We had a show that night due to them.  You must be proud of these exceptional ambassadors.

I look forward to working together again in the future.

Thank you,
Ray Chandler
Company Manager-Jesus Christ Superstar National Tour

Cc:  John Gallagher, Business Agent IATSE Local 63

The Dropkick Murphys

This is the statement that Dropkick Murphys read at their concert at the MTS centre (provided by IATSE Local 63):

IATSE Local 63 is the union representing stagehands, sound and lighting technicians and others who have worked the vast majority of events in Winnipeg since 1899, including everything at the old Winnipeg Arena for 50 years.  Despite Negotiating for months before the opening of the MTS Centre, at the last minute True North informed IATSE of its plans to contract out the stage crew work to Nasco, a non-unioized temp firm from BC.  This also includes the services of off-duty Winnipeg Firemen who are simply earning extra cash while our members have lost income and are struggling to feed there families.  Currently the IATSE is locked out unable to provide even its own regular clients the ability to work in this great facility.

From Ken Casey (DKM)
Hey John, it was good to meet you yesterday. Thanks again for the shirts.  Based on how angry the venue people were by my comments, must have struck a nerve but more importantly the crowd seemed very fired up about it and very supportive of you guys.  Good luck to you all we’ll be thinking of ya!

The Champion Act “Dropkick Murphys" rolled through town September 25th and found us picketing outside the MTS Centre.  What did they do?  They did what they always do, they supported us.  This band is truly a class act.  After hearing our side they showed solidarity by wearing our IA t-shirts and telling the audience all about True North – Nasco and what happened to the IA.

Please check these guys out and buy their CDs. 
We owe ‘em one.

Download "Worker's Song" from iTunes.
Dropkick Murphys - Blackout - Worker's Song


Pictures for ID cards are still being taken by Yvette.


If you have any questions about the new ID cards, please contact the vice-president or business agent.


Anyone interested in any training courses that Local 63 should offer, please contact Michael Roy or John Bent Jr. or call the office (531-0622).

All IATSE Local 63 members are entitled to a 10% discount at MARK'S WORK WAREHOUSE.  Mark's sells CSA approved safety boots.  Cards are available in the office.

VERTICAL ADVENTURES Indoor Climbing Facility located @ 77 Paramount Rd has a special rate night for I.A.T.S.E. Local 63 Members:  Mondays 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. $7.00 with your membership card.

LAKEWOOD FLORIST @ 160 St. Anne’s Rd. –receive a 10% discount with member card.

Just a Reminder

New T-Shirts are now available at the office.

These T-Shirts are Union Made, Canadian Made.

$20.00 each


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