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.(more…)
Forgotten your password to the Member Dashboard website? This post will take you through the necessary steps for resetting your password so you can access your account and other member-only information like productions lists, crew lists, and more. (more…)
Local 479’s Member Dashboard returned to service over the weekend following the implementation of important updates to web components of the member database. Many thanks to our members for your patience as our team has worked to install and de-bug updates to this important member tool. While a few of the improvements have yet to be released, we have launched the website early (with limitations) because of the looming deadline of November 30th for members to make sure they have a $0.00 balance in order to qualify for the (more…)
Adulthood is hectic, filled with deadlines and commitments. Those of us who work in the television and motion picture industry spend long hours in ever-changing locations and conditions, dividing our time between completing our current project and getting hired for the next one. The last thing we think about in the midst of this non-stop activity is ”What will happen to my family if I DIED today?” (more…)
Raising children is an expensive, time-consuming proposition made even more difficult if you work as a freelancer. State laws, not union contracts, govern issues relating to working parents.
If you are a member of Local 479 and are considering becoming a mother you can offset some of the expenses associated with the birth of a child by filing (more…)
This is the first in a series of articles providing an explanation of insurance benefits (medical, dental, vision, and prescription drugs) available to members of Local 479.
Members of IATSE Local 479 receive a variety of benefits under the IATSE National Health & Welfare Fund, Plan C. These benefits include hospital and medical coverage through Empire BlueCross BlueShield (referred to more simply as “Empire”). If you are a member with insurance through Empire you are strongly encouraged to (more…)
At the end of each November the IATSE National Benefits Fund (NBF) sends members an Open Enrollment statement for the IATSE National Health & Welfare Fund Plan C. Open Enrollment is an approximately three-week period in which new members may select insurance coverage and existing members may elect to change their coverage. You must select your desired coverage for the upcoming quarter or you will be automatically assigned a default selection, based on (more…)
People who work in film and television have traditionally faced great difficulty in qualifying for mortgages because traditional lenders do not understand the unique income structure of the entertainment industry. This article explains some misconceptions by our members, contributing factors as to why most traditional lenders are reluctant to issue loans to film/television technicians, and provides (more…)