LOS ANGELES, CA. — On June 22, 2011, the IATSE Entertainment and Exhibition Industries Training Trust Fund was created when International President Matthew D. Loeb and G. Ronald “Ron” Dahlquist, Managing member of DADCO, LLC met at the IATSE West Coast Office to sign the Trust Agreement.
DADCO is a lighting and power supply house based in Sun Valley, CA. Ron is a long-time member of Studio Electrical Lighting Technicians Local 728, as are many members of his family, although his wife is a member of Grips Local 80. Ron’s dad holds a Gold Card in the Local. DADCO is the first signatory to a collective bargaining agreement that provides for contributions to the new Trust Fund.
Heading the Training Trust will be a six member Board of Trustees made up of equal representatives of labor and management. The trustees will be from the United States and Canada, and will be representative of the many crafts in the entertainment and exhibition industries. The Training Trust will enhance the work of the ICAP, IATSE Craft Advancement Program, to provide training opportunities in areas of safety and skills development for IATSE members. The Fund will assist local unions throughout the Alliance to have access to the kinds of education and training programs that make IATSE represented employees the best in their respective industries.