479 NEWS

Local 479 Welcomes Comptroller Jimmy Butts

Jimmy Butts, Comptroller, IATSE Local 479

This month Local 479 welcomes its new financial comptroller, Jimmy Butts. As our Secretary/Treasurer position begins its transition from full-time to “as needed” (in effect part-time), Jimmy will assume management of the Local’s day-to-day financial obligations, serving as its formal accountant. He will help to manage the Local’s investment accounts, oversee compliance with all federal and state entities, and perform the Local’s tax and Department of (more…)

College Degree for No Out-of-Pocket Cost

 

UnionPlus and Eastern Gateway offer college opportunity

Eastern Gateway Community College is offering members of IATSE Local 479 the opportunity to earn an Associate Degree with NO out-of-pocket costs. This degree program has been brought to Local 479 by UnionPlus, an affiliate of the AFLCIO, and applies to both members and their families. An Associate Degree can lead to immediate employment opportunities (more…)

The Danger of Mosquitos to Movie Crews

Mosquitos and Film Crews

IATSE Local 479 Summer Safety Series: people who work outdoors face a number of additional health safety dangers, from weather extremes to risk of disease. Summer presents an increased risk of encounters with a variety of creatures that can cause injury and/or disease. This article includes information collected from several agencies, including the Contract Services Administration Trust Fund (“CSATF”) Safety Bulletin #31, “Critters”.

An Ancient Pest

“A hundred million years ago, there were mosquitoes just like today.” – Mr. DNA, Jurassic Park

Mr. DNA was partly correct… while the mosquito has indeed been around since the age of the dinosaurs, fossil records indicate that the insect that we recognize as today’s “modern” mosquito has only been around for 79 million years, which is still far longer than most film crews have been around, making our members a recent and delicious addition to the mosquito’s menu. (more…)

Poisonous Plants and Movie Crews

IATSE Local 479 Summer Safety Series: people who work outdoors face a number of additional health safety dangers, from weather extremes to risk of disease. This article includes information collected from several agencies, including the Contract Services Administration Trust Fund (“CSATF”) Safety Bulletin #27, “Poisonous Plants”.

One of the hidden dangers of shooting at exterior locations is the plant life, specifically a genus of plants called Toxicodendrons, known for inducing rashes on exposed skin. In North America the most common of these plants are varieties of poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. In Local 479’s jurisdiction, poison ivy is the most common, Atlantic poison oak is slightly less common, and the least common (but most toxic) is poison sumac.

Count yourself lucky if you have never suffered the ill effects associated with exposure to these plants, as most encounters result in wild bouts of (more…)

Local 479 Supports Solidarity in Negotiations

From the Desk of Michael Akins, Business Agent

In the past, the IA has completed contract negotiations long before their expiration dates, and so it is understandable for members to have more concerns this time around as deadlines approach and negotiations are still under way for both the Hollywood Basic contract and the Area Standards Agreement. If the IATSE determines that a strike is necessary in order to assure the eventual outcome of a fair and decent contract, then all IATSE motion picture locals will be called upon to take (more…)

Made in Georgia with Georgia Crews

Last year film crews from the State of Georgia helped produce more than 160 feature films, episodic television and video-on-demand projects. Georgia provided locations and trained crews for each of those projects, from the critically-acclaimed FX Network’s series ‘Atlanta’ (16 nominations for 2018) to the award-winning Netflix series ‘Stranger Things’ (12 Emmy nominations for 2018) to the record-grossing feature ‘Black Panther’ ($699,903,880 domestic, as of July 17, 2018).

Georgia is a great place to produce world class projects of every size. (more…)

Heat & Hydration Safety for Movie Crews

Accuweather graph of Atlanta temps July 2017

IATSE Local 479 Summer Safety Series: with the arrival of Summer people who work outdoors face a number of additional health safety dangers, from weather extremes to risk of disease. This article includes information collected from several agencies.

June of 2018 ranked the 3rd warmest on record for the U.S. according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and on its Weather.gov website the agency describes North American summers as being generally “hot”.

Last July Atlanta experienced 21 days of temperatures in excess of 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celsius degrees), and most of the month saw humidity levels in the 90% range. These temperatures are not unusual – the average July temperature for the city is 89ºF.

While film crews are accustomed to working in a wide range of climates and temperatures (and generally consider themselves aware of the dangers of prolonged exposure to high temperatures) film and television production is a fast-paced occupation and the effort to “get the shot” often takes precedence, meaning that crewmembers may (more…)

2018 Robert Vazquez Scholarship Opportunity

The Robert Vazquez Scholarship

Local 479 is proud to announce The Robert Vazquez 2018 Scholarship.  This year the Scholarship Committee will be awarding four (4) $4,000 scholarships. Applications will be accepted from July 15th, 2018 to August 31st, 2018.  The Robert Vazquez scholarship was established to award scholarships to a member, member’s spouse, child, grandchild or any child the member is deemed to be the legal guardian. Be sure to check your member email for full details, including qualifying requirements, application period, scoring system, and additional guidelines for this terrific educational opportunity honoring the memory of a member who devoted himself to improving the lives of all the members of this local.

 

The Hands-Free Georgia Act

Georgia is going hands-free, beginning Sunday, July 1st, 2018 - are you ready?

This Sunday, July 1, 2018, will mark the commencement of Georgia’s new hands-free law, designed to address the “epidemic” of distracted drivers on the state’s roadways. If you have not already done so, this weekend is the time to make sure that you have everything you need to be in compliance with this new law or risk fines that could strip you of your license and your ability to earn a living.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or working in the film industry) you have probably already seen some form of the following list of things you can and cannot do with your smartphone (and other digital devices) behind the wheel under the new law.

In case you haven’t read the list, here’s a quick rundown.

 

The New Rules

You can’t hold a wireless communication device. Whether you are using a cellular phone, a smartphone, a tablet computer, an MP3 player, a dedicated GPS unit, a laptop computer or any other standalone device it is illegal for you to physically hold or support that device with any part of your body. So, that person you always see driving down the road with a phone pinched between their shoulder and ear is finally (more…)

Skin Cancer Prevention for Movie Crews

Protect all the skin you're in. Skin Cancer Prevention for Movie Crews

IATSE Local 479 Summer Safety Series: with the arrival of Summer people who work outdoors face a number of additional health safety dangers, from weather extremes to risk of disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides extensive information on different forms of skin cancer, risk factors, symptoms, and prevention methods.

Film crews spend large portions of their careers working outside in full exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Regardless of the season or amount of cloud cover, you are constantly exposed to UV radiation during daylight hours and it’s all too easy to disregard simple safety measures during the heat of battle.

Skin cancer prevention is an especially important topic to the members of IATSE Local 479, as more than a few members have experienced various forms of skin cancer and in 2017 one of the officers in Local 479’s Young Workers Committee passed from complications due to melanoma. He was only 30 years old.

Don’t let the cost of cumulative sun exposure be your life.

 

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