Safety Training Update

Memorandum of Agreement for Directors Guild of America Basic Agreement of 2017 and Freelance Live and Tape Television Agreement of 2017

February 3, 2017

 

14.  Safety Training (U-6.e)

 

“The Directors Guild -Producer Training Plan Safety Passport Training Course, which includes the Contract Services Administration Trust Fund ("CSATF") '"A" course, is mandatory for the following individuals who are hired in California: Unit Production Managers, Assistant Directors, Associate Directors and Stage Managers. Such individuals shall have ninety (90) days from their initial date of employment to successfully complete the Safety Passport Training Course.

 

The Directors Guild - Producer Training Plan Safety Passport Training Course, which includes the CSATF 'A' course and any training specific to a particular region, all of which training shall be made available online, shall be mandatory as of July 1, 2017 for the following individuals who are hired in the United States (other than California): Unit Production Managers, Assistant Directors, Associate Directors and Stage Managers. Such individuals shall have until December 31, 2017 or ninety (90) days from their initial date of employment (whichever is later) to successfully complete the Safety Passport

Training Course.

 

It is understood and agreed that the Directors Guild Producer Training Plans will fund all aspects of the mandatory training using existing funds through their reserves.

 

The Directors Guild – Producer Training Plans shall pay a stipend to Employees who attend the Safety Passport Training Course at a rate not less than that paid to employees covered under the Producer-IATSE Basic Agreement and West Coast Studio Local Agreements who attend safety training courses offered by CSATF.

 

All Qualification Lists, Eligible to Work Lists and Employment Criteria Lists shall be updated to reflect an individual's successful completion of the Safety Passport Training Course. For individuals not on any

Qualification Lists, Eligible to Work Lists or Employment Criteria List, the parties will devise a method to reflect the individual's successful completion of the Safety Passport Training Course.

 

Any Unit Production Manager, Assistant Director, Associate Director or Stage Manager who fails to successfully complete the Safety Passport Training Course within the training deadline set forth herein will be suspended from the applicable Qualification List, Eligible to Work List, or Employment Criteria

List until he or she completes successfully the training course. Upon successful completion of the Safety Passport Training Course, any such Unit Production Manager, Assistant Director, Associate Director or Stage Manager who was suspended from the applicable Qualification List, Eligible to Work List, or Employment Criteria List shall regain his or her status on the applicable list. Any individual not on a Qualification List, Eligible to Work List or Employment Criteria List who fails to successfully complete the Safety Passport Training course will be ineligible to work until he or she successfully completes the training course. Upon successful completion of the Safety Passport Training Course, any individual not on the applicable Qualification List, Eligible to Work List or Employment Criteria List shall regain eligibility for employment.

 

Unit Production Managers, Assistant Directors, Associate Directors and Stage Managers shall continue to be permitted to attend, on a voluntary basis, any CSATF training courses if space permits, and the Southern California Qualification Lists and Southern California Eligible to Work Lists shall be updated to reflect an individual's successful completion of such courses. For individuals not on any Qualification Lists, Eligible to Work Lists or Employment Criteria List, the parties will devise a method to reflect the individual's successful completion of such courses."

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