479 NEWS

Coming Soon: New Member Dashboard

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At our most recent General Membership meeting our web development team provided a demonstration of two upcoming new websites for Local 479, the result of more than a year of planning. The first is a new public-facing website (a preview of which was posted yesterday), the second a members-only site, referred to as the Member Dashboard. [photograph in header to this note by (more…)

The 2016 Local 479 Elections

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Ballots will be mailed out today, Friday, October 21st, for an election to fill three positions in our local. The candidates for this year are listed below, alphabetically by office then last name. Incumbents are denoted out to the side with the (more…)

Local Gets Electric Vehicle Chargers

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Local 479 Labor Delegate Bud Raymond reports that “In partnership with a grant from Georgia Power, 4 electric vehicle chargers have been installed at the Local 479 office. They are located at the rear of the building, next to the education workshop. These chargers are free to use for members in good standing with electric vehicles.” – the local encourages you to come take a look at (and use!) the future at this Sunday’s General Membership Meeting.

Revised Area Standards Agreement Now Available

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Hardcopies of the Area Standards Agreement (ASA) are now in the office and available to all members. Every member of the Local should have a copy of this document in their possession, as it documents the agreement between signatory employers and IATSE and includes details on wages, work days, work weeks, rest periods, production centers, distant hires, per diem, and many, many other details relevant to your employment under the ASA. Those of you working shows should speak to your stewards and field reps, as they will be distributing copies over the next several days and weeks.

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…)