The following represent the expectations of Local 16 and its referral of technicians to signatory employers.

1) BE ON TIME: It is essential that all persons report to each and every job at least fifteen minutes prior to the commencement of work. This allows each individual to prepare for the work day and be ready to begin work at the prescribed time. Being late to a job is grounds for being sent home from a job without pay. Repeated tardiness is grounds for losing your referral privileges.

2) DRESS AS INSTRUCTED BY THE OFFICE: Every referral has a dress code as directed by the employer for that specific job. The dress codes are as follows:

Work Clothes (WC): Casual, clean clothes; long pants (jeans); shirt, appropriate work shoes. Shorts are not acceptable work attire. Some jobs may require specific foot wear such as steel toed boots. Specific needs will be communicated to you upon reference to a job. T-shirts with advertisements or phrases on them may not always be appropriate. When in doubt, wear something else. You can always wear a Local 16 shirt.

Neat Work Clothes (NWC): Neat but casual dress. Clean, collared shirt, khakis or casual slacks, clean shoes other than tennis shoes or boots.

Super Neat Work Clothes, or Business Casual(SNWC or Biz Cas): Dress shirt or Polo shirt, dark, dress slacks, dress shoes.

Neat Work Blacks (NWB): This is the same as Super Neat Work Clothes, but all of the clothes must be black.

Show Blacks (SBLKS): This is the same as work clothes but all of the clothes must be black.

Coat and Tie (C&T): This means that you should wear a conservative style dark coat and pants, a light colored dress shirt and dress shoes Women should wear dark slacks, a light shirt or blouse appropriate for the business atmosphere and a similar blazer or dress jacket. (Skirts are not practical.)

Suit: Matching dress slacks and coat with a dress shirt, a tie and practical dress shoes. Women should wear a business suit with slacks, and practical dress shoes. (Skirts are not practical.)

Symphony Dress (SYMP): This is the same as a suit but with black slacks and coat.

Tuxedo (TUX): A black tuxedo.

3) BRING YOUR TOOLS: Unless otherwise instructed by the office, every technician is expected to come to each job with the tools required to execute all aspects of the position to which you have been referred. Technicians are not expected to bring power tools or major diagnostic tools to the job with them with the exception of battery operated screw guns and hand held meters when appropriate. Technicians are expected to wear a tool belt and carry the tools that they need to perform their jobs at all times. Failure to do so when asked by your department head may lead to dismissal. See the tool lists below

4) PAYROLL RECORDS: You must bring with you to each job the identification papers needed to complete the I-9 form on the Local 16 three in one form(I-9, W-4, Work fee check-off form). This usually means your drivers license and Social Security Card or your Passport. Doing so will help to speed up the payroll process. Keep track of your job numbers, your employer and steward, the hours and days you work and any other pertinent information about your call in the Local 16 work log book. Allow two weeks from the end of each job for payment. If you do not receive payment or if the payment is incorrect, you may come to the Local 16 offices and complete a payroll resolution form and Local 16 will assist you in correcting whatever payroll problem exists. NEVER contact the employer first about a payroll problem!

5) CALL IN YOUR AVAILABILITY: When you are sure of when the job you are on will end, it is your responsibility to call Local 16's offices to put your name on the out of work list. This may be done any weekday between 9 AM and 6 PM by calling 415-441-6400 and speaking to the receptionist or after hours by leaving a message.Your name is place on the list the day you call in your availability. Once your name is on the list, it will remain there for one week or until you are referred to a job and that job begins. Every day the list is scanned and all names that have been on the list for 7 days or who are referred to a job beginning that day are removed. This list is maintained as a service to the technicians referred by Local 16 and to Local 16's signatory employers.

6) BE PROFESSIONAL: The rates and conditions enjoyed by technicians working under Local 16's collective bargaining agreements mandate that technicians conduct themselves in a professional manner that will further the interests of Local 16, its employers and the other technicians who work under those agreements. Do not expect to be rewarded beyond your pay. Do not eat food that is intended for use by the client unless instructed to do so. Do not take merchandise from a client unless the client offers it to you. Do not solicit food, gifts or other rewards from a client.

7) COMMUNICATE: Local 16 has an agent on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Should you experience any difficulties regarding a job to which you are going, a job that you are on, or a job that you have already been on, call the Local 16 number, 415-441-6400 or the emergency cell phone for the on call agent, cell# 415.728.6166. You may leave a message at the office if the problem does not require attention outside of business hours. If the problem is an emergency and needs the immediate attention of an agent outside of normal business hours, use the cell number to reach the on call agent.

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The following lists have been compiled by Local 16 with the cooperation and participation of our signatory employers. The tools listed below are required to do the work at the professional level dictated by Local 16's negotiated wage scales. You should not only carry these tools, but they should be in good working order and you should know how to use them.ough the builder.


- for calls at the theaters and for carpenter and electric calls in the convention center and hotels.

Tool Belt - For tools and basic hardware you will need on the job - No Fanny Packs

Tape Measure - 25 foot minimum

Straight Claw Hammer - 16 oz.

Screw Drivers - a 4 in 1 is ok

Battery Operated Screw Gun - 9.6 volt minimum

Crescent Wrench - 8 in.

Ratchet Wrench - 3/8 “ drive, 3/8", 7/16", 1/2", 9/16" deep sockets

Channel Locks - 10"

Pliers - Slip Joint, 2 position

Wire Cutters - end cutters or diagonal cutters

Pocket Knife - big enough to cut sash cord, small enough to carry with you at all times

Flashlight - Small and Powerful

Safety Glasses


Pen and Pencil

Black Sharpie


Maglight Flashlight, holder & gel holder

4 in one screw driver

8" crescent wrench

Leatherman or other multi-purpose tool

Jewelers Screw drivers - (phillips and flat)

Needle Nose Pliers

Assorted Nut Drivers

Pocket Knife

Circuit Tester

Board Tape or Masking tape

Electrical Tape

Sharpie or other fine point permanent marker


Pen and small Pad of Paper

Fanny Pack to hold tools

Binder to hold Payroll sheets, 3 in 1 forms etc.





BOARD TAPE (labeling)

SHARPIE (marking pen)

Maglite* (or other pocket flashlight)


Crescent Wrench*

Multi Tool* (Leatherman, Gerber etc.)


4 in 1 screwdriver* 

Wire cutters* (diagonal cutters)

9/16 socket + ratchet

Tweakers (small screwdrivers, Philips & flathead)

5/16 Allen wrench (coffin Key)

Needle nose pliers


Tone generator 

I-Pod, CD player etc

50-100’ tape measure

AC circuit tester

OPTIONAL (but highly recommended):

Voltage Meter

AC ground lifts

Cable Tester

Motorola Radio

Inline Audio Transformer ( IL-19 etc)

*These tools should be brought to ALL Local 16 calls 

regardless of Dept or position assigned.

C3 Tool List


Utility Knife (with extra blades)

4-in-1 screw driver

Pen – pencil – paper

Black Sharpie

Board tape (or making tape)

Jeweler’s Screwdrivers

Crescent Wrench

Needle Nose Pliers

A/C circuit tester

Small Flashlight

Small tool bag to fit tools


Tool Belt - For tools and basic hardware you will need on the job - No Fanny Packs

Tape Measure - 25 foot minimum

Architect’s scale rule

Straight Claw Hammer - 16 oz.

Nail Sets

Center Punch

Screw Drivers - a 4 in 1 is ok

Battery Operated Screw Gun - 9.6 volt minimum

Combination Square or Speed Square, and Framing Square

Hand Saw(s) - cross cut saw at least

Crescent Wrench - 8 in. And 10 in.

Ratchet Wrench - 3/8 “ drive, 3/8", 7/16", 1/2", 9/16" deep sockets (complete set preferred)

Channel Locks - 10"

Pliers - Slip Joint, 2 position

Wire Cutters - end cutters and diagonal cutters

Pocket Knife - big enough to cut sash cord, small enough to carry with you at all times

Utility Knife and blades

Chalk Line, Dry Line, line level

Flashlight - Small and Powerful

Carpenter’s compass, bevel gauge, angle dividers

Block Plane, Sureform, assorted files and rasps

1" wood chisel (at least)

3" wrecking chisel

Safety Glasses

Ear protection


Pen and Pencil

Black Sharpie


Welding Hood

Leather Jacket


Magnetic Torpedo Level

12" Crescent Wrench


Hand Pruning Sheers - anvil and blade type

Hand Pruning Saw

Recommended Rigging Tools

*Rope ½” – 5/8” (Length per Venue) Hotels, Moscone – 40 ft. Civic, Treasure Island, Cow Palace – 110 ft.

*Full Body Harness – Rated (Ansi Z395.1)

*Shock Absorber

*Lanyard / “Y” Lanyard (Cow Palace)

*Auto Lock Steel Carabiners (minimum 2)

*Multi Loop 5ft

*CMC Rescue Sheave

100ft Cloth Tape Measure

30ft Steel Tape Measure

Channel Locks 8”

Crescent Wrench 8” (wide mouth, must open to 1 1/8”)

4 in 1 Screw Driver

Volt Meter

Sidewalk chalk

Ratcheting Box Wrench ¾ x 7/8

Socket Wrench 3/8 Drive: 11/16, 9/16, 3/8 Deep Sockets

Socket Wrench 1/2 Drive: 15/16, 7/8, 3/4 Deep Sockets

Pocket Knife

? Items can be purchased at:

Stage Rigging Inc. 650-299-1189

Bay Area Theatrical Rigging 415-309-1918

Vinyl application assistant tools to bring

In addition to regular stage tech tools

Squeegees for vinyl application.

Knee pads.

Assortment of sharp blades.


I'd recommend the HEAD also bring ...

Stabilo Aquarellable pencils, white and blue at least Straight edge L square or the like.

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