479 NEWS

Aflac Insurance Available to Members at Union Rate

The Aflac duck flying through the sky.

You’ve probably seen commercials featuring the funny talking Aflac duck, but do you know what the company is actually selling? Aflac is a supplemental insurance provider whose Plans pay benefits to policy holders if they are so unfortunate as to be injured at work or to be diagnosed with cancer.

If you become sick or are injured your daily expenses can mount up quickly. Aflac pays you cash for those costs that may not be covered by your major medical insurance.

And Aflac pays (more…)

Education Center Expansion Underway

2017 Education Center Expansion lead graphic

2017 EDUCATION EXPANSION PROGRAM

Since its inception in 2014 the demands on Local 479’s Education Program have continued to scale along with our growth in membership. Dedicated training space has been of prime importance to the education program, with an eye toward minimizing the disturbance to the main office while allowing (more…)

Are You Ready for Some Kickball?

Kickball Heroes - Young Workers Raising Money for Charity

This year Local 479’s Young Worker’s Committee has dedicated the proceeds of their 3rd Annual Atlanta Film Community Kickball Tournament to the Castleberry Hill Athletic Club, a 501-c3 non-profit organization with the mission of converting unused urban areas into community destinations.  This year’s tournament will commence on Sunday, September 24th at Noon and will last until (more…)

How to Guarantee an Email Response from the Local

The staff of Local 479 strives every day to answer the calls and emails of our members, members of our sister locals, producers, and more. Please be aware that some of the local’s most frequently used email addresses are designed to transmit information to members, not to receive responses. This post should address any questions you have regarding the best way to communicate with the local via email. (more…)

Local Holds First A & A2 Live Training Trust Event

Time is running out for a special opportunity to take the A and A2 training classes at Local 479 with assistance and direct oversight from the Local 479 Education Team and a representative of the IATSE Training Trust Fund (TTF). This event will allow you to register, enroll & complete your online courses all in one day.  Feel free to drop by anytime to register & enroll in the courses. An IATSE TTF representative will have your (more…)

Hurricane Donation Drive

(UPDATED September 13) – IATSE Locals 479, 600, and 798, in association with the Teamsters Local 728, have joined in a collaborative effort with Georgia’s production companies, studios, and other industry professionals to contribute to the relief efforts for the victims of the recent hurricanes.  We have partnered with an organization called Caring For Others, Inc. and are collecting items on their behalf, which they will sort, pack, and transport directly to Houston, Orlando, and surrounding areas impacted by the storms. (more…)

Hurricane Irma Safety Bulletins

Below are links for various Safety Bulletins provided to Local 479 from the IATSE Safety Committee Chairman.  As Hurricane Irma continues to head in our direction, please continue to stay informed of its potential impact on our area.  Your safety is of the utmost importance.

A list of bulletins that should be helpful:

#15 – Boating/Water Safety
#17 – Water Hazards
#31 – Indigenous Critters
#35 – Prevention of Heat Illness
#38 – Severe Weather

The website for The Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides guidelines for employers and workers if there is a potential emergency that would cause them to have to evacuate or shelter in place (OSHA Evacuation or Shelter in Place).

OSHA Lightning Safety

 

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A Brief History of Labor Day in America

Labor Day Parade, Union Square, New York, 1882 (Lithographie)

Most Americans don’t know the history behind the end of summer holiday known as Labor Day. In May of 1882 a number of New York labor unions joined together to sponsor a “monster labor festival” featuring a parade, bands, speeches, picnics and fireworks. Twelve years later 23 states had enacted legislation to create their own official (more…)

Lynda.com Subscriptions Year 3

This summer marks the third year of IATSE’s partnership with Lynda.com, an online training resource featuring in-depth tutorials on a variety of subjects including craft-specific topics, leadership training, and software guides.

 

 

The International is once again offering an annual premium discounted subscription to Lynda.com to members in good standing. An annual subscription to this service may normally cost up to $359, but our members can purchase an annual subscription for only $25 – (more…)

Understanding Worker’s Comp Insurance

Understanding Worker’s Comp Insurance

You’ve undoubtedly heard the term “Worker’s Comp” at some point in your life, but like many people you may not know what it is or how it works. Put simply, Worker’s Comp stands for “Worker’s Compensation”, which is a form of insurance designed to provide wage replacement and medical benefits to a worker who suffers injury or illness in the workplace.

If you are so unfortunate as to suffer an injury at work which prevents you from returning to your job you may qualify for Worker’s Comp for the duration of the time you are unable to work. However, there are certain requirements for which you must (more…)