During the first week of June the staff at Local 479 bid a fond farewell to receptionist Kaleitha Thomas as she pursues her long term career goals down in sunny Florida. For nearly 3 years Kaleitha was the smiling face and friendly voice greeting visitors to the local, becoming an integral member of the staff with duties over and above routing telephone calls and guests.
Finding a suitable replacement for Kaleitha presented a (more…)
This month Local 479’s Education department welcomed on board its first dedicated administrative assistant, Felicia Smith. The continuing growth of the local’s education and training programs and an upcoming expansion of the education facilities prompted this staff addition, and Felicia’s strong administrative experience will allow her to (more…)
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.
As of October most of the IA locals with a presence in Atlanta are materially using our building in some form, fulfilling early goals to make the building a collaborative hub for Georgia’s motion picture locals.
In mid-Summer New York Local 798 (Makeup Artists & Hair Stylists) leased a single office to provide its members working in Georgia with a physical location where they can meet with their newly appointed Georgia Field Rep, Samantha Reese.
Local 927 (Atlanta Stage Technicians) will be leasing space in the building at some point this year.
RTS Associates, a fiber optic installation specialist, became a tenant this past April, moving into 5,000 square feet of the eastern wing of the building. The income from tenants goes into the building fund, which is used for expenses associated with all properties owned by the local.
This summer the parking lot was repaved and the main entrance was enhanced and landscaped to accommodate easier access.
Local 479 is looking to expand the Education Department into unoccupied space in the building, our plans include adding classrooms and more workshop space to increase the number of classes we can hold at one time.
Most of the planned improvements to Local 479’s new facility have been completed (or are nearing completion) and as 2015 wraps up it’s a good time to look back at how much has been accomplished this past year.
New Video System – a new video system was added to the assembly hall this fall. The new system allows us to participate in remote video conferences, conduct presentations by beaming camera coverage to the televisions inside and outside the assembly hall. Local 600 has already used the system for their national meeting.
Media Center – the new media center is now fully functional, with wall-mounted monitors displaying up-to-date contact information for current productions, both television and feature.
Painted/Sealed – the Training Workshop has had its (more…)
This week marks our 3rd month in our new building and we’re celebrating with the announcement that our Member Media Center is open for use! The media center provides members with computer workstations (Mac and PC), local & national industry trade magazines, and large at-a-glance computer displays listing the latest television and feature projects currently in production. All workstations are internet connected and can print to a high-quality printer in case you need to run off your resume.
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…)