479 NEWS

Local 479 Expects Continuing Job Stability

IATSE Local 479 Executive Board sees continuing job stability in 2019

We are all aware of the continued media coverage focusing on Georgia and the Georgia film industry.  Georgia is the 3rd largest production hub in the country, and recent events have sparked media discussions asking if Georgia will maintain that position.  We understand that this conversation is disturbing to our members, whose careers depend on job stability.

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2019 Golf Tournament Raises $26,000 for Charity

The 2019 Golf Tournament raised more than $26,000 and everyone had a great time!

This past Saturday 27 teams from across Atlanta’s production community faced off over 18 holes on a breezy May 4th afternoon at the Flat Creek Country Club in Peachtree City for our 9th Annual IATSE Charity Golf Tournament, hosted by IATSE Locals 479 and 600, and organized by Local 479’s Women’s Committee.

“We are proud to announce that this year’s golf tournament raised more than $26,000 for BeLoved Atlanta (belovedatlanta.org), a charity benefiting women who have survived trafficking, prostitution and addiction – thanks to all who sponsored and participated in this great event!”

Myra Foy, Chairwoman IATSE Local 479 Women’s Committee
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The Growing Importance of Safety Training

Training requirements for new applicants are important for all members

Standardized safety training is now available and encouraged to IATSE members working under the Area Standards Agreement

In February of 2019, two safety training classes, provided online through the IATSE Training Trust, were added as mandatory requirements of the application process for new members of Local 479.  These classes have only recently been made available to IATSE members working under the Area Standards Agreement (ASA).  Now that our members have the ability to take them, we decided that the best way to ensure that newest members got off on the right foot and had a basic understanding of set safety was to require their completion.

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Regarding the Heartbeat Bill HB481

From the Desk of Mike Akins, Business Agent IATSE Local 479

Dear Brothers and Sisters of Local 479,

Many of you have contacted the office over the last couple of weeks regarding HB 481, i.e. the “Heartbeat Bill”, which was passed by both the House and Senate, and is expected to be signed by Governor Kemp within the next few weeks. While we prefer to discuss these matters with our members on an individual basis, so as not to invite confusion or misunderstanding, we recognize that it is important for the membership as a whole to hear from the Local about the efforts being made on your behalf.

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Registration Opens for 9th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

May 4th 2019 - the 9th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

 

It’s nearly time once again to meet on the greens to find out who are the best golfers in the film industry! The 2019 tournament will be on May 4th and we’ll be raising money along the way for BeLoved Atlanta, a community of women who have survived trafficking, prostitution and addiction.

 

Officers from the IA also participate in our charity tournament!

This event is open to everyone, age 18 and over!

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Member Dashboard: Reset Password Instructions

2019 Member Dashboard login screen

 

 

Forgotten your password to the Member Dashboard website? This post will take you through the necessary steps for resetting your password so you can access your account and other member-only information like productions lists, crew lists, and more. (more…)

February Blood Drive Has Good Turnout

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile at Local 479's offices

This past Sunday the American Red Cross sent a mobile blood donation team to Local 479’s General Membership Meeting. The blood drive, organized by the IATSE Local 479 Women’s Committee, collected nearly 30 pints! That blood will go directly toward saving the lives of patients around the Atlanta area. (more…)

Vigilance Personal Safety Class a Success

Participants in the Vigilance workshop learned techniques for saving themselves in dangerous situations.

On Sunday, January 27th IATSE Local 479 welcomed our members and their families, as well as our friends from the local film industry to a situational awareness workshop presented by experts from The Vigilance Group.

Retired military experts Moose Moore, Russ Bohlinger, and Patrick Terry worked with participants to outline the precepts of living safely in a dangerous (more…)

Get Swag at Member Blood Drive – February 2019

2019 Blood Drive - February

On Sunday, February 17th, the American Red Cross will bring their mobile blood donation unit to our General Membership meeting. They’ll be parked outside from 11am until 4pm, collecting blood from qualified members, family, and friends. People who donate will get some cool Local 479 swag – a fleece cap or a scarf! (more…)

When to Expect a Tax Refund During the Government Shutdown

Concerned about not getting your federal tax refund because of the partial government shutdown? Worry no more!

Here’s when you can look forward to your tax refund in 2019…

As the partial government shutdown grinds on, the Internal Revenue Service has recalled 46,000 furloughed workers to process tax returns and issue refunds this year.

The returning employees, who will work without pay until the government reopens, will help get you your refund in a timely manner this year.

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