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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…)

Young to the Industry Networking Panel

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This past Sunday, April 2nd, the Young Workers Committee hosted a panel for members who are young to the industry, regardless of age, and as always all members in good standing were welcome to attend. The goal of this event was teach new members how to go about getting their first gigs and included strategies for developing and furthering a career over time.  This panel provided an opportunity for new members to begin building relationships with each other and to meet and learn from their more experienced brothers and sisters who (more…)

YWC Networking Panel

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On Sunday April 2nd from 1:00pm – 4:00pm the Young Workers Committee is hosting a networking event at the union hall. The focus of this event is getting started in this business, techniques for securing your first few jobs, and the best ways to plan and develop your career. This is a great opportunity for young and new members to network and learn from experienced members who faced the same early challenges in their own careers. The Young Workers Committee would also like to encourage additional leads and seasoned members to attend as well to join in and spur on productive and informative discussions. All members in good standing are welcome to attend, though this event is geared towards our younger and/or newer members.  (more…)

2017 Health & Wellness Day Wrap-Up

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IATSE Local 479 Benefits Coordinator Lauralyn Walsh reports that this year’s Health & Wellness Day saw an increase in attendance and looks forward to even more growth for next year’s event. In addition to the screenings mentioned in this year’s announcement, the event also included specialized hearing exams and testing for prostate cancer. The remote mammogram testing team was unable to be secured due to low pre-registration by our membership, which is largely due to our membership’s age skewing younger. (more…)

A Homerun for Georgia’s Fallen Firefighters Foundation

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On September 11th Local 479’s Young Workers Committee hosted its second annual Atlanta Film Community Kickball Tournament in Central Park, raising more than $26,000 for the Georgia Fallen Firefighters Foundation (gafallenfirefighters.org). Sixteen teams from across Atlanta’s production community faced off on six fields in an epic battle for (more…)

2016 Atlanta Film Community Kickball Tournament Thank You!

Special thanks to the leadership from our various locals and guilds participating in the kickball tournament yesterday!

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Leaders present, from left to right:  Christina Fiers (National Sergeant at Arms, Local 600), Darla McGlamery (Atlanta Business Representative, Local 600), Michael Akins (Business Agent, Local 479), Raymond Brown, Jr. (President, Local 479), Rick Reitz (President, SAG-AFTRA, Atlanta Local), Alfeo Dixon (Co-Chair of National Training Committee, Local 600) for all you do to guide and encourage our young workers in their crafts!! #ywc #youngworkerscommittee

Young Worker’s Conference a Success

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Less than a year after its foundation the Local 479 Young Workers Committee was selected to sponsor the National Young Worker’s Conference in the meeting hall at Local 479’s headquarters building, from May 19th through 21st. More than 100 Young IATSE Workers traveled to (more…)

Local 479 Hosts YWC Conference

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Local 479 President Ray Brown opened the 2016 Young Worker’s Conference with great enthusiasm yesterday to a packed house in our local’s meeting hall. Thanks to all of our (more…)

YWC Oscars Viewing Party

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Local 479’s Young Worker’s Committee has organized a social mixer for our younger members between the ages of 18 and 35. Get spiffed up and celebrate this year’s Academy Awards with us on Sunday, February 28th. Members only, more information has been sent out to members via email.

Kickball Tournament A Fun Time For All

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After an initial postponement due to a rain out, Local 479’s Young Workers Committee successfully launched this rollicking kickball tourney to benefit The Global Village Project School, raising $18,425 on behalf of the Atlanta-based charity, which helps refugee girls with interrupted schooling to gain access to the education necessary to pursue their dreams. 12 teams faced off at Piedmont Park, pitting the crews of shows like The Walking Dead, Finding Carter, Game of Silence, and The Originals against several grip departments, a team from (more…)