479 NEWS

Vacation Check Update

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Despite our best efforts to inform our membership of the details of Local 479’s Vacation Check program there are still a few members who have missed our announcements at meetings, email alerts and social media shares. The program is very simple: you will be receiving a vacation check IF you were in good standing at the end of the year AND if you contributed more than (more…)

International’s Statement on Georgia’s Religious Freedom Bill

The International posted the following statement earlier today:

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) is strongly against the Georgia religious liberty bill, and against any actions to override Gov. Nathan Deal’s veto of this bill.

Georgia is a major location of motion picture and television production work, providing thousands of jobs to working people in the entertainment industry. This bill will hurt Georgia’s economy, and in turn, hurt the lives of those entertainment workers.

”Not only is this a human rights issue by discriminating against the LGBTQ community, it is a workers’ issue because it threatens an economy that allows people to put food on the table,” said IATSE International President Matthew D. Loeb.

Equal rights are the cornerstone of the labor movement. As a union that represents people working in the entertainment industry and strives for equality and diversity, the IATSE strongly stands against any legislation that would hurt Georgia’s economy and discriminate against the LGBTQ community.

Late Fee Policy (Update)

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Today Local 479 announced that we will be streamlining our Late Fee policy with a clean slate program. To learn more about how these changes may affect you be sure to consult today’s Breaking News email. If you have questions about these changes or about your account in general please contact our office during regular business hours. Be sure to add the email address billing@iatse479.org to your contacts list to ensure that you receive your bills on time.

Vacation Checks Are On The Way!

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At the October 2015 general membership meeting our local voted in favor of the Vacation Fund Incentive and as a result, vacation checks have been calculated and are already on their way to qualifying members. To understand the details of how to qualify for this member incentive check your member email.

Local 479 Awarded Jurisdiction for Majority of Alabama

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At our most recent General Membership Meeting, we were pleased to announce to our membership that Local 479 has been awarded the geographical jurisdiction of the state of Alabama (minus Mobile and its vicinity) by the IA. Local 479 will represent the the craft jurisdiction of Studio Mechanics in this area, while (more…)

IATSE Launches Safety Hotline Program

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In mid-June the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees launched its safety hotline program for members to report hazards on the job.  The nature of IATSE members’ entertainment-industry jobs means working for many different employers. As the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) puts the responsibility of reporting hazards on the employers, the IATSE Safety Hotline is meant as a safety net for when the (more…)

Local 479’s Historic Move to Larger Facility

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The new IATSE Local 479 Atlanta Headquarters has moved to a larger building on the adjacent property.

On June 19th, 2015, IATSE Local 479’s unprecedented decade of growth was highlighted by a transition to a  larger member-owned facility, directly adjacent to the offices the local has occupied for the past two years.

Younger members may be interested to learn that their local’s office has moved many times since it was first chartered on October 1, 1986. The local’s first real office space was located along Piedmont Avenue, just south of Cheshire Bridge Road.

Several years later, no longer able to afford the expense of (more…)