In yesterday’s General Membership meeting the local debuted a new members-only video portal called “Channel 479”. This new service is part of a long-term strategy for expanding Local 479’s education program for all covered crafts, ensuring that new generations of technicians are taught best practices by leaders from their departments. In addition to training and educational videos, Channel 479 will provide news from the President, the Business Agent, and (more…)
Last month Local 479 Field Reps A.B. Cooper and Billy Deacon participated in the Kenny Leon Charitable Golf Tournament for the True Colors Theatre Company, whose mission is the creation of theatre grounded in the rich canon of African-American classics, including bold interpretations of world drama with (more…)
Director of Education Kevin Amick wants to remind members that they are eligible to take the first two modules offered under the Safety Pass system:
A and A2 Safety Pass courses are now online and ready for your application. This training is provided to you at no charge and upon completion you will receive a Safety Pass Card for these courses. Just follow the directions and submit your application today.
– Kevin Amick
A: GENERAL SAFETY TRAINING/INJURY AND ILLNESS PREVENTION PROGRAM (IIPP)
This course explains safety orientation, employee/employer rights and responsibilities, hazard communications, use of personal protection equipment, proper lifting techniques, emergency action procedures, and general production safety procedures. The course takes an average of one hour to complete. You do not have to complete the class all at once.
A2: ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY
This course covers a wide range of subjects, including studio lot & location safety, heat illness, severe weather, disaster/emergency response, environmental awareness, transportation of dangerous goods, electrical safety, and workplace cleanliness. The course takes an average of three hours to complete. You do not have to complete the class all at once.
The Safety Pass Program was conceived by the Motion Picture and Television Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee as a means of addressing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (“OSHA”) requirements that employees be trained (and the training documented) in the safe use of equipment and work practices on their job. Because of the freelance nature of many motion picture and television assignments, the Safety Pass Program provides valuable assistance in meeting the training needs of the Industry by (more…)
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…)
The time has come again for the local to mail out Vacation Fund checks to those members who paid more than $1000 in 3% work dues in the previous year.
The qualifications for receiving a Vacation Fund check:
- pay in more $1000 in 3% work dues between January 1st and December 31st of the previous year
- be in good standing as of last day of the previous year
Vacation checks are printed and mailed from a company called Neverland Film Services, and any checks that have been sent to incorrect addresses will be returned to this company, so you will not be able to pick them up from the Local 479 office.
It’s important to know that the office provides Neverland with the addresses to mail your check to based on your information in the member database, so now is the time to visit the Member Dashboard website and (more…)
Local 479 will be hosting its 2nd annual health event on Saturday, March 11th, from 9am to 2pm. This event is designed to encourage our members to be proactive about their personal health and to educate them on how to use their medical insurance for preventative care. Refreshments will be (more…)
This morning Benefits Coordinator Lauralyn Walsh sent out an email to the membership to remind us all of how very important it is to name beneficiaries and contingent beneficiaries when we enroll in a retirement plan, annuity plan or insurance policy. Once you have selected your beneficiaries make sure that the forms are kept with all your important documents.
While beneficiary designations are not required, they are a very smart step to make for the future of your loved ones. Neglecting to name a specific person (or persons) or by entering “estate” as your beneficiary could result in your assets passing through a lengthy probate process upon your death, leaving your heirs without the ability to receive the funds when they may need them most. Furthermore, if no beneficiary is named, the estate may be forced to immediately pay income tax on the funds, often at an unfavorable tax rate.
Another common mistake people make is leaving unintended beneficiaries on retirement plans, annuities or life insurance policies. Any time you experience a life event, such as a marriage, death, divorce, birth or adoption, you should review both the primary and contingent beneficiaries on your policies and investments. Outdated beneficiary choices could result in unintended heirs and/or adverse tax consequences, especially on retirement funds.
Take the time this week to download the appropriate forms:
Health and Welfare Fund Beneficiary Designation (link to PDF)
Annuity Fund Beneficiary Designation (link to PDF)
Local 479 Basic Life Insurance Member Enrollment (link to PDF)
National Pension Fund Beneficiary Designation Form (linke to PDF)
Return your completed document(s) to: I.A.T.S.E. National Benefits Fund, 417 Fifth Avenue 3rd. Floor, New York, NY 10016
Please feel free to call the office to speak to Lauralyn if you have any questions!
The Local 479 Dues Incentive Plan was once again approved by a vote of the membership in the October General Membership Meeting. This means that members who meet the following criteria will have their quarterly membership dues paid for by the local:
- Have paid in at least $264 in 3% working dues between the dates of 11/1/2015 and 10/31/2016
- Have paid all charges and have a $0.00 balance on account as of 11/30/2016
DEADLINE: please note that the qualification deadline is November 30, 2016!
It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to check your account balance and to make sure that you meet these criteria. Members who do not meet these criteria as of December 1st WILL NOT receive the Incentive Plan for 2017, so please reach out to the office as soon as possible!
Note: the current member dashboard website is currently unavailable while our web developer finalizes a new and expanded member dashboard site. Until the new site launches we ask that you PLEASE give the office a call between 9AM and 5PM, Monday through Friday, to get confirmation on your account status and to make payments, if necessary. The office number is (404) 361-5676.
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.
The Executive Board of IATSE Local 479 is proud to announce The Robert Vazquez 2015 Scholarship. The scholarship has been established to award scholarships to a member, member’s spouse, son, daughter, grandchild or any child the member is deemed the legal guardian. Check your member email for more information on the amount, the application period, and the guidelines for this terrific educational opportunity honoring the memory of a member who devoted himself to improving the lives of all the members of this local.