479 NEWS

2020 Robert Vazquez Scholarship Winners

Vice President Whit Norris announced the winners of the 2020 Robert Vazquez IATSE 479 Scholarship this week, saying: “I am pleased to report that this year the committee has awarded 8 scholarships.”

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Frank Hatcher Retires as General Secretary-Treasurer

In the June 2021 General Membership meeting Brother Frank Hatcher announced his official resignation from Local 479 as General Secretary-Treasurer.

As a former officer in the banking industry, Frank was an advocate for the implementation of financial best practices in our local and help set a vision for our future.

In recognition of Brother Hatcher’s more than 6 years of service to our local President Ray Brown awarded him with a plaque.

In an email to the membership President Brown noted the instrumental role Frank played in managing the growth of this local during his tenure, as membership grew from several hundred to more than 5,500.

“His guidance and leadership will be greatly missed and the Executive Board extends our sincere thanks to both Brother Hatcher and his family.” – Ray Brown

 

2021 Setting Record for Volume of Work

I am pleased to announce that 2021 has already set new records for the volume of work in our jurisdiction. Folks, you may want to postpone your vacation plans for a later date because it’s going to be a VERY busy summer.

 

We have built it, and they have come

Over the last 13 years, we have built a reputation as being one of the top production locations in the world. The membership of Local 479 has been instrumental in creating this reputation. Companies know that they can hire quality crew here to produce their product. We have proven time and again that we are ready, willing, and able to meet and exceed their expectations, and that is why more opportunities continue to come our way.

Whether it is due to, or possibly despite the pandemic, our society today relies more heavily than ever on the products WE make, and that has fueled the exponential growth of the motion picture industry and increased the methods of distribution of our content, all of which serves to create more jobs and more opportunities for all of us. As long as we continue to uphold our reputation of being a premiere production location with an outstanding crew base, we should have every expectation of a prosperous future.

Look at the stats:

 

Snapshot of Production in Atlanta (as of TODAY, May 22, 2021)

  • 47 active projects under contract 
  • 43 productions have already wrapped and it’s only May
    • 30 of those started and wrapped in 2021 
  • 38% of our work product is Streaming Video on Demand
  • Current production volume, by product:
    • Episodics: 15
    • Features: 14
    • Streaming Video on Demand: 18

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Get Ready to Vote!

Are You Registered Yet? Do It Now!

Are you registered to vote? If not, it’s time to GET READY TO VOTE! To begin, just follow this link to check to see if you are registered to vote and to get registered to vote! Note that you must be registered on or before the established deadlines to vote in upcoming elections.

Where to Vote

There’s only one place you can vote in person, so it’s vital that you know the location of that polling place prior to Election Day. Simply go to the Georgia My Voter page, and under MVP login enter your first initial, your last name, your county of residence, and your birthdate.

If your information is correct you will be provided with a page of information, including the address of your polling place, sample ballots, a link for requesting an absentee ballot, and a list of your elected officials, specific to the location of your residence.

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Suicide Prevention and Emotional Wellness Workshop

Suicide Prevention Workship

Until our industry returns to work we need to be aware of the importance of caring for our emotional wellness.

This Friday, July 24th, representatives of the Behind the Scenes Mental Health Initiative will conduct a webinar designed to provide an overview of the tools and resources that have been developed specifically for members of the entertainment industry.

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Members Build Emergency Covid-19 Hospitals

A group of members from IATSE Local 479 were part of a team hired to build two emergency hospitals to help Georgians in the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Many people living in Georgia’s rural counties lack access to comprehensive medical services, relying instead on regional hubs to fill that need. An early outbreak of Covid-19 in Albany propelled that region’s death rate to the same levels as Italy and New York City, demonstrating Georgia’s need for additional facilities for rural outbreaks.

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A Statement from President Brown Regarding Recent Events

Sisters and Brothers of Local 479,

After several conversations with members and a meeting yesterday with fellow Presidents of IATSE locals throughout the United States and Canada, I feel compelled now more than ever to communicate our position on the recent events in our city and throughout the country. 

The video that surfaced recently showing the grotesque and senseless killing of Mr. George Floyd has ignited our country resulting in protests around the world. I, as your President, have participated along with members of my family, in peaceful protests in and around Atlanta. I walked side by side with people of all color from IATSE Local 479 and Atlanta Teamsters Local 728, out of respect for the families of George Floyd and all those before him, to protest the violence that took these individuals from us.

The idea that all people are created equal and deserve to be treated with respect, dignity and fairness is at the very core of the labor movement. It was, in fact, the labor movement that literally locked arms with Dr. King during the civil rights movement, because we stood for the exact same principles. Dr. King professed and said in his own words “The labor movement was the principle force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress.” So yes, when our Sisters and Brothers of color suffer, we all in the labor movement suffer.  We are suffering now.

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EP Cease Filing for Members

Entertainment Partners has ceased filing unemployment for our members which should resolve some of the worst problems in filing unemployment claims

Today we confirmed with the GDOL that they have released a new program called the “Claims Conversion Program” which allows employers that have been filing weekly UI claims on behalf of employees to convert those claims over to an individual claim to allow the individual to certify their own weekly claim.

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Member Spotlight: Glenn Peison and Kazz Walding Helping Fellow Members Navigate GDOL Unemployment Claims Process

Several weeks ago Local 479 member Glenn Peison set up a Facebook group called Atlanta Art Department: Covid-19.  His original intention for the group was to serve as a resource for people to share and discuss the latest health and safety information pertaining to the emerging pandemic. 

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Member Helps Fellow Medics Deploy to Fight Covid-19

It’s a typical Pandemic Wednesday for Elizabeth Cuvar as she drives south of Atlanta on Interstate 75 to pick up supplies for her job.  In the days before anyone had heard of Covid-19 Elizabeth worked as a medic in Georgia’s thriving film and television industry. Her resume included a variety of Marvel films, several television series, and a recurring stint as an instructor at IATSE Local 479’s training facility, where she trained her fellow members to become certified at performing CPR.
 
Today she is stopping by her union hall to pick up CPR training mannequins to take them on a field trip up to Atlanta, because these days Elizabeth is on the front line, working to save Georgians who have Covid-19.

IATSE Local 479’s offices are near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

In between film projects Elizabeth has been working as a first responder with FEMA and Homeland Security. She was recently called up when the Federal government began activating its nationwide emergency response teams for Covid-19.


Opportunity for Local 479 Medics
Knowing that her fellow medics in Local 479 had been sitting idle (like everyone else in the film industry sidelined by the Covid pandemic) Elizabeth has been reaching out to notify them of this opportunity.

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